Several hundred people put out of work by a major fire last week may learn what's in store for them at meetings Wednesday in Burlington.
The state and Racine County are holding what's called "rapid response sessions" for the workers at Echo Lake Foods. Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig says the fire that destroyed much of the food plant has put many workers in a difficult financial position. He expects those who come to the meetings to hear about resume building, qualifying for unemployment compensation, or other public assistance and how to apply for any job openings. Ladwig contends the employment picture is not bleak, "I think they have reason to be optimistic. Numerous businesses have contacted us."
Ladwig says next Wednesday, (2/13) there will be a job fair in Burlington. Some of the employees at Echo Lake Foods are Spanish-speaking and interpreters will be at the meetings.
The state Department of Workforce Development says the state spends nearly $55 million a year, serving about 35,000 dislocated workers.