Overview of the Michigan Rapid Response Unit and Proposed Chrysler by pengxuebo

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									Workforce Development Agency
       State of Michigan
Overview of Rapid Response
    Maggie Sayles, Acting Manager
      saylesm1@michigan.gov
            517-335-0686


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 Rapid Response Unit Mission:
Assisting Workers and Companies
Coordinate an effective state response to layoffs
& plant closures by leading partnerships of state
agencies, MWAs, employers, labor & local
leaders & groups to:
 1) Help workers
    access information & services
 2) Prevent layoffs
    where possible

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       Rapid Response Team Facts

• Staff assigned to a geographic region

• Currently housed in Meeting
  Employer Needs Division

• Responds to all mass layoffs and
  plant closures that dislocate 50+
  workers at firms with 100+ employees



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               Federal Legislation
                              3 federal laws establish the
                              following:
                          •      Rapid Response (RR) unit must be
                                 in every state.
                          •      Employers of >100 people must
                                 provide notice to employees, the
                                 RR unit and government officials
                                 60 days in advance of business
                                 closings and mass layoffs.
1. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
2. Workforce Investment Act
3. Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002

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     Rapid Response Team Meetings
           Two-Fold Purpose
I.   Provide the employer and worker representatives with
     information about available dislocated worker
     services and how to access them, including:
       •  Employment Services
       •  Re-training assistance
       •  Trade Adjustment Assistance (if applicable)
       •  Unemployment Insurance (UI)
       •  Layoff aversion services
         (if applicable)
       • Career Exploration

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      Rapid Response Team Meetings
        Two-Fold Purpose Cont’d
II.    Gather information from the employer regarding
       the demographics of the affected population.
       • Helps to determine plan of
       action for service delivery to
       workers & to company
       • Assists the local Michigan
       Works! Agency (MWA) to
       determine the needs of the
       job seekers
       • Info for State’s database used to
       track & record dislocation events



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Three Common Myths about Rapid
 Response and Early Intervention
                   Myth #1:

Notifying workers early about layoff or closure
will result in negative conflict and destruction of
property.




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Three Common Myths about Rapid
 Response and Early Intervention
                  Myth #2:

                  Notifying workers
                  early of layoff or
                  closure will result
                  in reduced
                  productivity.



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Three common myths about Rapid
 Response and Early Intervention
Myth #3:

There is no point in
notifying the state and local
economic developers that
my business is struggling
because there’s nothing
they can do to help!


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    What do employers risk by not
   complying with the WARN Act?
• Litigation
• Bad reputation
• Preventing workers
  the maximum ability to get re-employed quickly
• Increasing the length of time
   workers will collect UI,
   increasing UI related tax costs
   to the company.
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        Rapid Response Meeting
              Participants
•  Rapid Response Workforce Consultant
•  Local MWA
•  Unemployment Insurance Agency Rep.
•  Company Rep.
•  Union Rep.
  (if applicable)
• HRDI/Peer to Peer
• Other community
   partners

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    Service Delivery – Post RR Meeting
•   Worker Orientation Meetings
•   Joint Adjustment Committees
•   Peer to Peer Program
•   Transition Centers (when appropriate)
•   Referrals to business services, layoff aversion
    services



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                 What’s New
• $3.8M On the Job Training National Emergency Grant

• Upcoming deployment of a statewide dislocated worker
  survey

• Michigan is the only state to have an American
  Recovery and Reinvestment Regional Economic
  Impact National Emergency Grant: $38M

• Developing formal Early Detection Network

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