August 28th 2016

The Economic Displacement Committee has scheduled informational meetings on

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 for those with last names beginning with A – K

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 for those with last names beginning with L – Z

Thursday, September 1st, 2016 Open

Please adhere to this schedule so that we can accommodate all in a safe and efficient manner.

Information will be given on the following subjects:

1. Company Benefits

2. MI Works! Including TAA information

3. Unemployment Insurance Agency

It is highly recommended you attend.

The meetings will be held at Ronn Hall, 1206 Baldwin Ave. Negaunee, MI.

All meetings will start at 9 am

Representatives from local Unions, Human Resources, MI Unemployment Agency and MI Works! will be on hand to answer any concerns. Packages with information will be provided for every individual affected by this layoff.

Information/Supplies you will need to bring to the meeting:

1. Personal email address

2. Driver’s License

3. Bank Routing Number and Account Number (Direct deposit is highly recommended)

4. Pen – for taking notes

We strongly encourage you to attend this meeting.

We are told governor Snyder will be at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum, 73 Forge Road, Negaunee at 1:30pm on Friday August 19th to talk about the Empire Mine Closure and how the State of Michigan is going to help lessen the impact of displaced workers and help the local communities. THIS IS CLASSIC LIP SERVICE TO US YOOPERS. We ask all available concerned citizens that support the mining industry in the Upper Penninsula to show up and be heard. Please ask him what has he done to save or extend the mining industry in Michigan? Please ask him if he will be extending his diminutive 20 weeks of unemployment benefits to these miners that have worked for years without collecting unemployment? Please ask him why he feels it is ok to tax our retirees’ benefits they slaved for years to acquire. Please ask him why our roads and highways are in disrepair, disarray and without a plan. Please ask him why it is right for Michigan taxpayers to pay his legal fees regarding his mismanagement of the Flint water crisis? Please show up and ask him WHY he deserves to be addressed as the governor of this great State of Michigan?


Original article from the Local’s Facebook Page

Since 2011, under Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, the state has spent tens of millions of dollars to slowly implement a computer software program that handles applications filed with the UIA. The effort to curb waste is consistent with a vision posed by Snyder of operating government with a business-minded attitude.

The program — called MiDAS — detects possible fraud by claimants.

The problem, says Blanchard, who represents several plaintiffs in a recently filed federal lawsuit that challenges the UIA’s alleged “robo-adjudication” system, is that apparent lack of human oversight. MiDAS seeks out discrepancies in claimants’ files, according to the lawsuit — and if it finds one, the individuals automatically receive a financial penalty. Then, they’re flagged for fraud.

“The system has resulted in countless unemployment insurance claimants being accused of fraud even though they did nothing wrong,” the suit says.

To read the full article from the Detroit Metro Times click HERE.

About The Michigan Hardest Hit Fund Program

Hardest Hit Funds (HHF) are provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury through the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) or Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to states that have been particularly hard hit by the economic and housing market downturn that began in 2007. The Hardest Hit Fund loan program was created in 2010 to assist states with their foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization efforts. Michigan has received over $761 million to operate its Hardest Hit Fund programs.

The rest of the information can be found HERE.



August 14th, 2016

The Economic Displacement Committee has scheduled informational meetings on

August 15th, 2016.

More info HERE

We strongly encourage you to attend this meeting.

What is T.A.A.?-   Every Tuesday 10 AM – 12 PM

Resume Workshop Schedule:     Every Friday 10 AM – 12 PM

Both above events are being held at the Michigan Works! office in Marquette

The UPWARD Talent Council’s Michigan Works! is available to help you transition to that next job or next career opportunity. Take advantage of the services that are here to help you.