I didn't catch which O'Sullivan Industries official was talking during KOAM's 6 p.m. newscast, I was is in another room, but when he said the layoffs would not have happened if enough people had volunteered to be laid off, I was angered.
Let's blame workers who want to keep their jobs. Those greedy, selfish workers. That guy definitely has some nerve.
A news release sent out earlier today by Jasen Jones of the Missouri Career Center, said the Rapid Response Team has already met with workers since the layoffs were announced Thursday. (This is the same Jasen Jones who was formerly director of the Barton County Chamber of Commerce.)
The release said, "The brief orientation included referrals to unemployment benefits, re-employment services, and training assistance available to the displaced workers. A more extensive informational meeting is planned for employees to meet with representatives of the Missouri Unemployment Insurance benefits system, the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, and local representatives of the Career Center."
Workers may attend either the 2 p.m. Thursday, July 14, or 10 a.m. Friday, July 15, meeting. Both meetings will be held at the Thiebaud Auditorium. The Rapid Response team includes representatives from the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Division of Workforce Development and the Southwest Missouri Workforce Investment Board.
The team is called into action when a large number of workers lose their jobs. The services the team provides include assessment and testing, career counseling, resume writing, interviewing skills, job search methods, on-the-job training, and tuition assistance for vocational training or education.
Employers interested in hiring O'Sullivan Furniture workers can call 1-800-877-8698 or 417-629-3000 Ext. 237, according to the news release.