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PATRICK ADMINISTRATION CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL WORKFORCE TRAINING INITIATIVES

Monday, December 9th, 2013

PATRICK ADMINISTRATION CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL WORKFORCE TRAINING INITIATIVES AND ANNOUNCES LATEST ROUND OF GRANT FUNDING FOR MASSACHUSETTS COMPANIES

$3.7 million in matching grants complement private sector workforce training initiatives to benefit over 3,273 employees at 39 Massachusetts companies

CHARLTON – Continuing with the Patrick Administration’s strategic investments in workforce training initiatives, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein today announced $3.7 million in Workforce Training Fund General Program Grants during a visit to INCOM, a Charlton-based manufacturer and previous grant recipient. In total, today’s announced grants will provide for the training of 3,273 current and newly hired employees at 39 companies across the Commonwealth. The grants, which are for up to two years, serve as a resource for businesses to increase the skill set of their incumbent employees and provide valuable training to the workers. As a result of these awarded grants, participating companies expect to create 242 new jobs by the end of 2015.

“We continue to promote the Workforce Training Fund because it is an effective model that encourages the business community to train and retrain employees, helping Massachusetts companies stay competitive in today’s global and innovative economy,” said Secretary Goldstein. “Over the last several years, we have seen many companies succeed thanks to these training grants and we look forward to more companies growing and excelling as a result of these grants and training initiatives.”

Today’s announcement supports companies located in 32 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Of the 39 awarded grants, one is a technical assistance grants, a type of planning grant awarded to organizations preparing to implement workforce training grants and initiatives. Additionally, 3 grants were awarded to consortium projects involving multiple employers with common training needs.

This latest round of Workforce Training Fund grants build on the record investments in workforce training and education made by the Patrick Administration in recent years. Since 2007, the Administration has awarded $74.6 million through the Workforce Training Fund in General Program Training Grants to 999 projects involving more than 1,052 businesses. As a result of this funding, 94,836 workers have been or will be trained across a broad range of industries. Today’s announced funding is the latest round of Workforce Training Fund Program grants that will further support initiatives to enhance skills for employees in sectors including: Manufacturing; Finance and Insurance; Information; Accommodation and Food Services; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; Transportation and Warehousing; Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation; and other services.

“We encourage businesses, regardless of size, to contact us to learn more about the Workforce Training Fund and how this resource can help them address their business needs,” said Nancy Snyder, President and CEO of EOLWD’s Commonwealth Corporation. “We are also interested in helping small businesses access the fund through consortiums that can be organized by third party workforce and training organizations.”

“If we are going to manufacture domestically, and compete globally, we need to have the best trained, most productive workforce in the world,” said Michael Detarando, INCOM President & CEO. “The Workforce Training Fund is an invaluable resource in the process toward achieving that goal and keeping manufacturing jobs here in Massachusetts.”

“The manufacturing sector is an important component of the Southern Central Massachusetts economy,” said Senator Richard T. Moore, Senate Chair of the Legislature’s Manufacturing Caucus. “Workforce development is critical to sustaining this industry, and keeping businesses in Massachusetts, especially as current employees age and jobs open up. Future candidates must be trained to fulfill those positions, and these grants will go a long way to fulfill that need.”

The following is a complete list of the awarded Workforce Training Fund General Program Grant Recipients announced today (listed by city/town), totaling $3,772,716:

 

City Company Name Amount Awarded Projected Number of Employees to be Trained New Jobs Expected to be Created
Agawam BELT TECHNOLOGIES INC. $75,897 31 3
AVON CONTROLLER SERVICE & SALES CO INC. $54,000 28 3
Ayer L-3 COMMUNICATIONS ESSCO INC. $107,300 110 6
BILLERICA CABOT CORPORATION $223,600 150 20
BOSTON HAMPTON INN AND SUITES CROSSTOWN $49,760 50 2
BOSTON HOLLISTER ASSOCIATES, INC. $221,168 298 30
BOSTON SPALDING TOUGIAS ARCHITECTS joinsCHOO & COMPANY, INC. of Quincy for a consortium grant. $14,400 7 1
BROCKTON GTR MANUFACTURING CORPORATION $100,800 65 5
CHARLEMONT ZOAR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE RESORT, INC. $25,692 40 0
CHELSEA KETTLE CUISINE LLC $249,675 226 37
CHICOPEE DUVAL PRECISION GRINDING, INC. $54,600 28 2
East Bridgewater MUELLER CORPORATION $54,135 71 1
East Longmeadow MAYBURY MATERIAL HANDLING $165,457 68 3
FRAMINGHAM IDENTITY FORCE $43,700 5 5
HAVERHILL NEW ENGLAND DIE CUTTING / AMERICAN EMI SOLUTIONS $39,808 36 4
HOLLISTON IWAKI AMERICA WALCHEM $60,480 38 3
HUDSON HYPERTRONICS CORPORATION $199,222 120 15
LAWRENCE MULTIGRAINS, INC. $197,800 111 3
Malden MASSACHUSETTS AFL-CIO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, INC. 

(TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT)

$21,840 N/A N/A
MANSFIELD SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. ASDD $88,000 63 10
MARLBOROUGH MARLBOROUGH SAVINGS BANK $76,275 54 3
METHUEN 3M TOUCH SYSTEMS INC $72,984 90 4
NEEDHAM CVS/CAREMARK $102,142 120 0
NORTH ADAMS CRANE STATIONERY JOINS CRANE TECHNICAL MATERIALS, INC. OF DALTON FOR A CONSORTIUM GRANT. $250,000 401 11
NORTH ADAMS EXCELSIOR INTEGRATED $80,250 46 6
NORWELL G-FORCE SHIPPING $54,736 42 6
PALMER DETECTOR TECHNOLOGY, INCORPORATED $112,800 60 3
PALMER SANDERSON MACLEOD INC. $131,085 93 10
PEABODY ANALOGIC CORPORATION $134,030 147 4
PEABODY INNOVENT TECHNOLOGIES $91,000 39 8
PITTSFIELD BLUE Q CORPORATION $57,200 29 0
QUINCY QUINCY CREDIT UNION $56,552 45 1
SWANSEA BAYCOAST BANK JOINS PARTNERS INSURANCE GROUP AND PLIMOUTH INVESTMENT ADVISORS, BOTH OF SWANSEA, FOR A CONSORTIUM GRANT. $193,978 325 20
WALTHAM PLATING FOR ELECTRONICS, INC $38,200 38 2
WEST BRIDGEWATER KOSO AMERICA, INC. $61,500 68 3
WEST BRIDGEWATER STD PRECISION GEAR & INSTRUMENT, INC. $36,400 26 1
WEST WAREHAM CALORIQUE LLC $30,360 14 2
WEST WAREHAM MEDER ELECTRONICS INC $58,810 25 2
WILMINGTON S.G. TORRICE CO., INC $87,080 66 3

To learn more about the Workforce Training Fund Program, visit www.mass.gov/wtfp.

November is Hire a Vet month!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

PATRICK ADMINISTRATION INCREASES INCENTIVES FOR COMPANIES HIRING VETERANS AND LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED

BOSTON – Building off record investments made by the Patrick Administration in Veterans Services, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) recently announced it has more than doubled cash grants available to employers hiring Massachusetts residents who have been unemployed for 6 months or more, or Massachusetts veterans (regardless of length of unemployment). Increased grant funding is available through the state’s Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG), a program of the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund.

“This grant program is a valuable incentive for employers who want to boost their workforce but may need additional resources to add new hires,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein. “Through this program, we are supporting the long-term unemployed and veterans looking for work as we encourage companies to grow their business and workforce in Massachusetts.”

Any for-profit company and non-profit organization that contributes to the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund, a state fund enacted in 1998, are encouraged to apply. Eligible employers may now apply for grants of $5,000 for each new hire who meets the Hiring Incentive Training Grant program requirements. Employers may receive up to $75,000 each calendar year. Upon approval, payment will be available to the employer once the new hire has retained employment for at least 120 days.

A copy of the Hiring Incentive Training Grant application, eligibility requirements, Frequently Asked Questions and other relevant materials are available at EOLWD’s website www.mass.gov/hiringgrant. Grant awards are subject to funding availability, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Prior to October 2013, awarded eligible employers received no more than $2,000 per new hire, and no more than $30,000 per calendar year through the previous guidelines of the Hiring Incentive Training Grant. The increased grant funding through the Hiring Inventive Training Grant is one of many business resources promoted by the Patrick Administration to assist companies growing or expanding in Massachusetts.

The Hiring Incentive Training Grant is part of the Workforce Training Fund Program, managed by the Commonwealth Corporation, which provides resources for employers to better train Massachusetts workers. Recently, EOLWD announced approximately $2.8 million in Workforce Training Fund grants, totaling more than $15.6 million in grants awarded by the Patrick Administration since July 2012 to help train over 15,400 Massachusetts employees in the last year alone. The priorities of the Workforce Training Fund include projects, which will lead to increased job retention or job growth, increased wages, more productive and competitive companies, improved ability to do business in Massachusetts and commitments to increased private investment in training.

“The Workforce Training Fund has proven to be a remarkable resource to Massachusetts businesses looking to address their business needs,” said Nancy Snyder, President and CEO of Commonwealth Corporation. “We encourage all businesses, regardless of size, to contact us to learn more about the Workforce Training Fund and training grants that are available.”

Increased funding available through the Hiring Incentive Training Grant is another example of the Patrick Administration’s commitment to supporting Massachusetts veterans. The Administration is a leading provider for veteran services and continues to implement employment assistance and workforce training programs for veterans. In addition to providing priority service for veterans at each of the Department of Career Services’ One-Stop Career Centers, the Administration also launched an aggressive employment campaign focused on increasing the hiring of Massachusetts veterans. Among these initiatives, the Patrick Administration has partnered with major trade associations to encourage them to hire veterans, circulate information on veterans’ benefits and educate local employers about the skills service members gain the military.

Today’s announcement is more welcomed news within the veteran community, especially in advance of Veteran’s Day and the Patrick Administration’s annual “Hire a Vet Month” that will be celebrated throughout November.

“Employment is a critical component for a veteran’s successful transition back into civilian life,” said Secretary of Veterans Services Coleman Nee. “Massachusetts leads the nation in veterans’ services, and with this increased incentive we will continue to lead the way while maximizing both public and private sector resources to ensure we provide our veterans with the employment opportunities they have earned.”

To learn more about workforce training initiatives, visit www.mass.gov/lwd or for more details about the Hiring Incentive Training Grant visit www.mass.gov/hiringgrant.

 

 

Jobs NOT Jails! A Rallying Cry!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
EPOCA news …

Since we launched the Jobs Not Jails campaign last spring, nearly 100 organizations have joined the cause, led by a Steering Committee made up of groups such as Youth Against Mass Incarceration, and Mothers for Justice and Equality.  Together, we have collected 8,786 signatures on the Jobs Not Jails petition!  Petition forms in English and Spanish can be downloaded from our website, www.jobsnotjails.org, and we  have been receiving signed forms in the mail almost daily.  Our goal is to have at least 50,000 by the time of our rally next April.  Our signed petition sheets will be attached to “safety orange” fabric that we will wrap around the State House – to let legislators, the media and everyone around know that Massachusetts citizens say NO MORE MASS INCARCERATION!

We can do this together! Call us at 508-410-7676 or email steve@exprisoners.org to take part!  You can also learn more and download our petitions at www.exprisoners.org and at our new coalition site: www.jobsnotjails.org

CAREER CENTERS RECOGNIZED FOR SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Incentive grants awarded to five career centers to promote continued workforce training and hiring of veterans

BOSTON – The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today announced that five of the state’s 32 One-Stop Career Centers have been honored for outstanding service to Massachusetts veterans.

Through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program, the Massachusetts Department of Career Services (DCS) annually awards incentive grants to recognize One-Stop Career Centers for their efforts in demonstrating improvement and modernization of employment, training and placement services for veterans; rewarding and celebrating excellence in priority of service; developing a library of best practice techniques; and improving performance outcomes for veterans.

“Veterans have proudly served our Commonwealth and country, gaining tremendous skills that can be applied in today’s workforce,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein. “Assisting veterans with workforce training and employment opportunities is an important initiative for the Patrick Administration as well as the Obama Administration. We thank the U.S. Department of Labor for continuing to help Massachusetts recognize leading Career Centers for their hard work and innovative programs in support of these brave men and women.”

“Massachusetts is the national leader in providing comprehensive veterans’ services for many reasons, but none more so than the strong collaborations we have made to maximize our resources and provide world-class, comprehensive benefits to our veterans and their families,” said Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Coleman Nee. “Finding employment is an essential component to a successful transition for any veteran. The work of the Division of Career Services and the career centers is another great example of federal, state and local resources combining to ensure veterans succeed in that transition. I applaud the Secretary and her team and congratulate all recipients.”

At a recent Workforce Partners’ meeting including career centers, veterans’ agents and workforce investment boards, Secretary Goldstein and DCS Director Alice Sweeney recognized the outstanding efforts of the selected One-Stop Career Centers, acknowledging the substantial contribution, high quality service and dedication to improving employment opportunities for veterans and whose contributions involving veterans extend to the local community at large. Through the U.S. Department of Labor’s non-competitive Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) offers employment and training services to eligible veterans. Under this grant program, funds are allocated to State Workforce Agencies in direct proportion to the number of veterans seeking employment within their state.

The five recognized Career Centers for the 2013 Jobs for Veterans State Grant Incentive Award include:

Gold Award: $10,500

ValleyWorks Career Center, Lawrence and Haverhill

ValleyWorks Career Center currently boasts the highest veteran entered employment rate across the Commonwealth. ValleyWorks Career Center was also recently awarded a grant through the Walmart Foundation to “Close the Gap” in services for veterans, supporting occupational training for veterans who are ineligible to receive other state or federal job training. ValleyWorks Career Center, which emphasizes a strong partnership with local veteran organizations in the community, developed the Merrimack Valley Veterans Coalition. Staff also apply a holistic approach in serving veteran jobseekers, providing a Veteran Services Referral form to identify, connect, and track services to Veterans. Eric Nelson of Haverhill and Clifton “Bryhn” McLeod of Georgetown  are the Veteran Employment Representatives for ValleyWorks Career Center.

 

“The ValleyWorks Career Center staff is committed and dedicated to assist veterans by providing quality training and employment services that utilize their former skills to re-enter the workforce, earning a good wage with career ladders,” said Arthur Chilingirian, Executive Director of the ValleyWorks Career Center. “We prioritize our services to those men and women who selflessly served our country.”

Silver Award: $8,250

Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Northampton

Franklin Hampshire Career Center demonstrates effective collaboration and applies innovative resources to better serve the veteran community. As a 2012 Jobs for Veterans State Grant Incentive Award winner, Franklin Hampshire Career Center used a portion of its award to purchase flash drives for their veteran customers to facilitate storage for discharge documents, resumes, and other documents and pre-loaded the flash drives with Job Search tools and veteran specific support information, a best practice recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. Gary Howe of Easthampton is the Veteran Employment Representative for Franklin Hampshire Career Center, and created user-friendly in-house outreach assessment forms for veterans to assist with service and case management.

“Gary Howe has been employed in the Franklin Hampshire Workforce system for over 20 years working as a job developer, youth programs coordinator and for the past 3 years as a Veterans Representative. He has excelled in all assignments,” said Michael Truckey, Executive Director of the Franklin Hampshire Career Center.

Bronze Award: $6,125

Career Source, Cambridge

Career Source promotes innovative programs to better serve the veteran community including the creation of a six-week pilot program to co-facilitate a veterans CONNECT group. CONNECT is a collaboration of six non-profits organizations, providing peer support, motivation and encouragement in one location to assists veterans to move into employment and a career path that will lead to self-sufficiency. By the end of the six week series of meetings, six of the eight participating veterans obtained employment and a seventh received an offer letter. With the success of this pilot, Career Source plans to continue the CONNECT group series two to three times a year. Dennis Pellegrino of North Andover is the Veteran Employment Specialist for Career Source.

“The job search strategies shared by the group facilitators were an important component of this project,” said Linda Rohrer, Executive Director of Career Source. “However, key to the effort of this success was the bond that formed among the veterans as they shared their stories and provided valuable support to each other.”

Upcoming Star Award: $2,563

Job Net, Boston

JobNet has demonstrated effective collaborations to assist veterans in obtaining their career goals. In May 2013, Job Net partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Massachusetts Committee, the Red Sox Organization, and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to hold a “Hiring our Heroes” veterans hiring event at Fenway Park that attracted over 480 veterans. Throughout the year, Job Net also arranged services from a local law firm to provide monthly pro-bono services to help Veterans with a CORI record to potentially seal those records and to lead to sustainable employment. Michael Falasca of Peabody is the Veteran Employment Specialist at Job Net.

“I believe that there is no greater service than that given by the men and women who put their lives on the line for their country,” said Rosemary Alexander, Executive Director of JobNet Career Center. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve those who have served. I firmly believe that it is only fitting that we should provide priority of service for our veterans utilizing the Career Centers. Our own veteran staff person at JobNet – Michael Falasca, DVOP – does an outstanding job of ensuring that veteran customers receive the highest quality career development services. We thank our veterans for their service.”

Upcoming Star: $2,563

The Greater New Bedford Career Center, New Bedford

The Greater New Bedford Career Center has made providing front-line services, including unemployment matters, for veterans a top priority. The Greater New Bedford Career Center was one the first Career Centers to utilize the work study program through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, providing veterans the opportunity to learn about workforce development while also attending school and receiving a stipend to supplement income. For example, a veteran participating in the work study program first worked at New Directions South Coast, a career center partnering agency, and recently obtained employment with the Commonwealth at the center. Paul Champagne of Rochester is the Veteran Employment Specialist at the Greater New Bedford Career Center.

“We provide an exceptional level of service to all our customers and we take pride in providing the highest level of service possible to all our veterans,” said Steven Martins, Operations Manager at the Greater New Bedford Career Center.

The Patrick Administration is a leading provider for veteran services and continues to implement employment assistance and workforce training programs for members of the armed forces, veterans and their spouses. Veterans receive priority service at each of DCS’s 32 One-Stop Career Centers around the Commonwealth. Each One-Stop Career Center has a staff member dedicated to assisting veterans. In the last fiscal year, DCS provided services to approximately 14,000 veterans in the Commonwealth. In 2011, the Administration launched an aggressive employment campaign focused on increasing the hiring of Massachusetts veterans. Among these initiatives, the Patrick Administration has partnered with major trade associations to encourage them to hire veterans, circulate information on veterans’ benefits and educate local employers about the skills service members gain the military.

To lead by example, Governor Deval Patrick called for the establishment of an Interagency Taskforce on Hiring Veterans within the Executive Branch. The Secretary of Administration and Finance charged the head of the Human Resources Division along with Taskforce members to take a critical look at the Executive Branch’s current policies, processes and practices on hiring veterans and completed a plan in 2012. In March of this year, the Governor signed an executive order to help small businesses owned by disabled veterans gain access to contracts for public projects in the areas of construction, design and goods and services procurement and also announced the establishment of guidelines to assist members of the armed forces, veterans and their spouses with professional licenses so that they can prepare and apply for job in the Commonwealth.

To learn more about services for Massachusetts veterans, visit www.mass.gov/veterans or about the Massachusetts Department of Career Services, visit http://www.mass.gov/lwd/employment-services/.

 

 

 

From the US Census Bureau …

Monday, September 30th, 2013

We are excited to invite you to attend the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit, hosted by President Barack Obama from October 31 – November 1, in Washington D.C. Please begin your pre-registration process by clicking here. After pre-registering, you will receive a follow-up email to pay and fully-register within three business days.

For the first time ever, we’ll have all the major players in one room to enable you to get the answers and contacts you need in the most efficient way.

Learn about incentives, market conditions and concrete investment opportunities from more than 44 states and U.S. territories. Ask a wide variety of U.S. government agencies questions about resources and regulations.  Pre-schedule meetings through our online matchmaking service.  Hear from the CEOs of leading international businesses, as well as national, state and local government leaders.  Get deals done.

  • Secretary John Kerry, Department of State
  • Secretary Jack Lew, Department of Treasury
  • Secretary Penny Pritzker, Department of Commerce
  • Ambassador Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative
  • David Constable, CEO, Sasol
  • Dan Doctoroff, President and CEO, Bloomberg, L.P.
  • Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
  • Melanie Hart, President and CEO, Tsuchiya North America
  • Andrew Liveris, President and CEO, Dow Chemical Company
  • Douglas Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO, Caterpillar
  • William (Bill) Simon, President and CEO, Walmart, U.S.
  • Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation
  • Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America
About SelectUSA:   President Obama launched SelectUSA in 2011 as the first-ever U.S. government-wide initiative to promote and facilitate investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. Housed in the Department of Commerce, SelectUSA provides a number of services, including: providing information and assisting global investors to understand and navigate the U.S. government.

Please visit selectusasummit.com to view the video …

 

 

 

We all dream the dream …

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

MASS SECRETARY OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TO LEAD NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

Friday, August 9th, 2013

MASSACHUSETTS SECRETARY OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TO LEAD THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT LABOR OFFICIALS

BOSTON –  Massachusetts Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein was elected to serve as president of the National Association of Government Labor Officials (NAGLO) last week at the association’s annual conference held in Boston.

NAGLO is a bi-partisan professional association representing Secretaries, Commissioners, and Directors of Labor for each state and territory of the United States. As president, Secretary Goldstein will lead NAGLO’s effort to promote shared ideas and best practices in protecting the nation’s workforce.

“NAGLO sets the stage to exchange new and diverse ideas from across the country’s top labor officials,” said Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) Secretary Goldstein. “It’s an honor to be elected by my peers, and I am eager to collaborate with members to tackle the unique workforce challenges and opportunities we face in our home states as well as throughout the country.”

“Secretary Goldstein continues to be a tremendous advocate for job seekers and employers as we move our Commonwealth forward,” said Governor Deval L. Patrick. “I congratulate Joanne on this new leadership role with NAGLO, and I know she will do right by Massachusetts and the country.”

Secretary Goldstein succeeds Virginia’s Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry, Courtney Malveaux. “I am pleased that Secretary Goldstein has stepped in to lead NAGLO as it celebrates its 100th anniversary,” said outgoing NAGLO President Malveaux. “Secretary Goldstein is truly a public servant, a valued partner and a good friend.  I am confident she will lead the group well.”

Last week, Secretary Goldstein hosted the 2013 NAGLO Annual Conference in Boston from July 29 through July 31. The conference featured keynote speakers from the U.S. Department of Labor and many states as well as a series of presentations discussing worker misclassification, wage collection, apprenticeship and training, unemployment, prevailing wage, new technology and best practices among other topics. During the conference, Secretary Goldstein moderated a panel discussion titled “Addressing Worker Misclassification: A Win-Win for Business, Labor, and the Public.

EOLWD works on behalf of job seekers, apprentices, union members, claimants, employers, and researchers. Secretary Goldstein oversees a wide variety of programs and services to serve constituents across the Commonwealth, including the recent deployment of over $10 million in grants announced this summer to support workforce training for local employers and job seekers. Looking ahead, EOLWD anticipates further grant awards through the Workforce Training Fund, Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund, and other sources and releasing the annual report on the underground economy and employee misclassification by the fall 2013.

For more information about EOLWD, visit www.mass.gov/lwd. To learn more about NAGLO, visit www.naglo.org.

Power to the people! Go, Sarai! Go, Robert!

Monday, July 15th, 2013

District 4 City Councilor Sarai Rivera caught this item on tomorrow’s city council agenda and forwarded it to Robert Thomas, a biz leader in the African American community, and he forwarded it, with an INCREDIBLY HONEST intro, to folks in Worcester. Got to me! Kudos, Robert and Sarai!!

Rivera has said at city council meetings that more doors need to be opened in city departments to people of color. At some meetings she has expressed  confidence in City Manager Mike O’Brien – said she met with him about the city’s hiring policy and that O’Brien was all ears. Don’t bet on it, Ms. Rivera! O’Brien could be ‘Yessing’ you, only to do exactly what the city has been doing for decades – LOCKING PEOPLE OUT! We bumped into O’Brien during the Save Our City Pools debate and he promised me that none of  the city’s neighborhood pools would be closed. He was polite and charming. I believed him! Next month the city’s inner-city and neighborhood pools were shut down.

City Manager O’Brien MUST WALK THE WALK, NOT JUST TALK THE TALK!

It is good that Sarai’s on top of this and she sent the info to Robert … Read his message below. It kicks butt!!!

When I visit City Hall, I wanna see more people of color working there – and fewer gals who are eye candy, walking unsteadily on hooker sandals! But, hey, that’s why they got hired in the first place! They are replacing the older Irish broads still at City Hall who got their jobs years ago because they were connected to some city politican.

Pathetic. Visit Boston or Hartford or Springfield and see minority hiring in action. Good, capable people of color working in their cities – and doing a great job! For Worcester, I wanna see more Vietnamese folks, more African American ladies, more middle-aged ladies, more Latinos, etc. at desks in City Hall – also in classrooms in our public schools! We need MORE OF WHAT WORCESTER LOOKS LIKE!!!

Anyways, here is Robert Thomas’ call to action!

Go, Sarai! Go, Robert!

Residents of Worcester,
 
Please get the word out, we need a turn out. Tuesday’s city council meeting, the system will be abusing local citizens again. Please read the link below, item 11b and its attachment. What you see will astonish you. Please exercise your rights. Come and speak out on this issue, if you truly care about jobs. In the last 3 years alone the City of Worcester has hired 82 non-residents in decent paying jobs that our local citizens should have. The 82 non-resident hires, does not include similar hires by the: Police, Fire or School departments. Do whatever you can, to make the meeting for a short period of time. Councilor Rivera will request  a change order of business to get us up early. Try to arrive as close 6:00 as possible. Tell a friend, they are up to it again. Remember, power yield nothing without force. We need to ask the question; what are you going to do about this situation? SEE THE LINK BELOW!!!!!
 
Yours for a better Worcester and World,
 
Robert Thomas
 
 

To defeat Rush Street Gaming …

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

By Rosalie Tirella

Now is the time for:

No to Slots!! lawn signs. EVERYWHERE. ON EVERYONE’S FRONT LAWNS.

Door to door education/outreach. Let folks know this is a big box Walmart type building filled with slot machines. Nothing more. I mean really nothing more if Allen Fletcher and the Canal District biz folks kill the two restaurants and spa slated to go there. This is not a full service casino, this gambling Walmart slated for the Wyman Gordon site. There is no attached hotel, shopping mall, concert venue a la Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods. Let’s not delude ourselves: The building will look like a Walmart – a big box store, with a few frilly flourishes. Cheap, low end. It won’t fool anyone.

Tell folks the truth about Rush Street Gaming and how they run their businesses, their other slots parlors. They are now pressuring their full time slots employees in other cities to ACCEPT BUYOUTS and ALL THE FULL TIME JOBS ARE BEING TURNED INTO PART-TIME JOBS.

The money, billions of dollars, Rush Street Gaming makes goes to Chicago, their headquarters. It does not get plowed back into the local economy, the way local small businesses put their earnings back into local economy. Remember: ALL THE STATE LOTTERY MONEY GOES BACK TO MA CITIES AND TOWNS. Not so with Rush Street Gaming.

The Rush reps we are meeting are SALESPEOPLE. They are not economic development experts. They do not care what happens to our city. They are salespeople, smooth talking and attractive, pushing their product, a slots parlor. To make billions of dollars.

They are betting on Woo’s desperateness. They know our factories are gone. They know we aren’t a Boston or Providence. That there are major gaps in our employment picture They have done their research and see: RUBES. We may think we can out-negotiate them, but we lose IF WE GET A SLOTS PARLOR. Even if we get a fake canal, some part time jobs, etc we still LOSE.

Worcester is a big family town. We don’t do adult entertainment. We do soccer, little league, church, schools … . NOT SLOTS.

Mailings need to go out to every Woo household! Mailings that detail how stupid slots are for Woo. Show folks the truth.

PUSH FOR A $10,000 ADVERTISING LIMIT FOR GAMING GUYS. Otherwise, they will plow hundreds of thousands of dollars into a gambling advertising blitz. Stop their bull shit advertising campaign in its tracks.

Have meetins in churches, schools, halls of all sorts to Stop Slots.

Let’s have all the factions who have said no MOBILIZE THEIR PEOPLE. Sarai Rivera and Mary Keefe – inner city folks/Latinos. Father Madden – the Catholics in town. Harriet Chandler – the Jewish community, etc.

InCity Times will continue to urge Worcesterites TO VOTE NO SLOTS. In the paper and on this website.

The battle has begun. We cannot let up for one second – until AFTER THE REFERENDUM HAS BEEN HELD

LATEST SEASONALLY UNADJUSTED JOB AND UNEMPLOYMENT ESTIMATES for MA

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

LATEST SEASONALLY UNADJUSTED JOB AND UNEMPLOYMENT ESTIMATES FOR LOCAL LABOR MARKETS IN THE COMMONWEALTH

BOSTON – The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today reported that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for February 2013 were down in twenty-one areas and up in one area over the month, according to data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the year, the rates were down in twenty areas and remained unchanged in two areas.

Statewide, the February seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 6.8%, down 0.6% over the month. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was 0.5% below the 7.3% rate posted for February 2012.

In February 2013, over the month job gains occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Springfield, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, New Bedford, and Peabody areas. The remaining six areas all recorded a loss.

Over the year, ten of the twelve areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Barnstable, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Peabody, and Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury areas. Click to continue »