It’s the political buzzword of our time. But anyone who’s been unemployed knows that it is more than a word. So does the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.
In this space, we will be telling you the story of how labor unions and labor-affiliated organizations continue to work hard for the people in our state. “What’s Working” will offer a glimpse into the efforts to get people into family supporting jobs and to help responsible employers thrive.
Organizations like the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP)/BIG STEP, which was founded through the collaborative efforts of workers, the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, and stakeholders throughout the region, work to get community members into family supporting jobs. The work done by such organizations is critical for workforce development.
Since the early nineties, WRTP/BIG STEP has worked cooperatively with labor unions and employers to get people to work in family supporting jobs. As a workforce intermediary, WRTP/BIG STEP is a connecting point for community members to gain access to training opportunities in the manufacturing and construction fields.
Training courses are industry driven and developed by unions and employers who hope to hire community members to fill their needs. The focus on working closely with union-represented employers gives graduates access to opportunities to gain employment in places where they will be paid a fair wage and have access to benefits like health insurance and retirement plans.
WRTP/BIG STEP also provides services to employers to help them become more competitive and thrive in the state, keeping jobs – good jobs – here.
For instance, industry coordinators have worked collaboratively with the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (WOW) Workforce Development Board to secure funding to bring technical and essential skills training to more than 300 incumbent workers at seven union-represented manufacturers throughout the state this year. This effort will help workers advance in their careers while also helping these employers maintain and possibly expand their workforce.
You can read more about WRTP/BIG STEP and their efforts at their website, www.wrtp.org, and continue to follow their successes here.
In the coming months, we’ll bring you examples of what WRTP/BIG STEP and labor unions are doing in our communities around the state.
Stayed tuned to find out what’s working.