DPS EMPLOYEES SLATED FOR LAYOFFS WILL GET HELP

NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
Office of Public Relations

Media Contact: Steve Wasko
313-873-4892/313-212-5636
steven.wasko@detroitk12.org

Receiving a notice stating that you will be laid off is one of the most stressful events in life. Maybe there is nothing that can be done about the layoff, but there is usually something that can be done to improve the laid off employee’s future. Most people can benefit from a thorough review of their skills, guidance and contact with prospective employers. In these days of a crippled economy the former employer does well to take the lead and help laid off employees find those services. The Detroit Public Schools District is doing just that.

On Wednesday, November 5th, laid-off DPS employees will have an entire day, 9 hours, to attend a Worker Orientation Session, structured to provide general information and assistance. It will begin at 10 a.m. and take place at the Harris Building, 3700 Pulford. The day will consist of general information sessions at 10:00 a.m., and 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. followed by breakout sessions that will provide workers with more personalized attention. The Orientation will also provide help for those who are beginning their search for new employment, through the Michigan Talent Bank Registration and Training Opportunities.

Key to the success of this project is the DPS Rapid Response Team composed of a coalition of DPS Unions, the City of Detroit Department of Workforce Development, and representatives from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth. This core group will provided information, and has also recruited a number of agencies and businesses that will be on hand to talk to employees about the numerous services they offer. They include:

-Detroit Health Department
-Unemployment Insurance Agency
-Office of Retirement Systems
-Friend of the Court
-Michigan First Credit union
-HRDI/Peer-to-Peer Program
-United Way
-Mi Child Information

Providing information on the front end at the orientation session does not define the extent of the entire support program. There is an intensive follow-up plan that will be implemented by the Joint Adjustment Committee to make sure that laid off workers receive essential services. For more details call 313-873-7470.

This project is sponsored by the Detroit Public Schools Division of Human Resources

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