Labor Shortage Workshop

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Aug. 23, 1996

Rural Labor Shortage Workshop Set for Sept. 20

Business and community leaders will have an opportunity to learn how to contend with labor shortages in rural areas through a workshop offered by UW-River Falls.

"Rural Communities and Economic Development" will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Rodli Commons at UW-River Falls. The workshop fee is $45 and includes all materials and lunch. Businesses or communities that send a second person must pay only $20 for that registrant. Registration deadline is Sept. 20. Credit is available for a Continuing Education Unit.

The fifth in a continuing series of economic development workshops, the session will outline emerging problems in rural labor shortages and offer potential solutions.

Here is a list of presenters and their topics:

  • Tight Labor Markets & Low Wage Labor, presented by UW-Madison Professor Gary Green of the rural sociology department. He will provide an overview of the nature and causes of the labor shortage, who is affected, and factors such as wages and labor force characteristics. Green's presentation will review a recent market analysis of 15 Wisconsin counties: Barron, Burnett, Columbia, Dodge, Douglas, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Pierce, Richland, Rock, Sauk, St. Croix and Walworth. It was compiled through interviews with 700 employers and 6,000 households, as well as temporary employment services and training institutions.
  • Understanding the Labor Force, Professor Larry Swain, community development specialist, UW-RF Cooperative Extension. Swain will provide a hands-on opportunity to explore people styles, and how to use the information to maximize your workforces' effectiveness.
  • Living With the Labor Crunch, Paul Tabor, labor market analyst, Eau Claire Job Center. The presentation will review Department of Labor Standards market analysis and forecast for the future. It will review the region's labor strengths and weaknesses, how businesses and industries are responding, and potential solutions for employers.
  • Business/Industry/Trainer Responses to the Labor Shortage. Panelists representing employers, vocational-technical training system and temporary placement agencies will profile the current available and trained labor force, employer needs and concerns.
  • The workshop is co-sponsored by UW-RF Continuing Education Extension, UW Cooperative Extension, and St. Croix Valley Employers Association.

    For more information, call 715/425-3256.



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