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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Initiative, Mayor's Statement on Rejecting Racism

April 2, 2020 4:33 PM

Urban League Announces COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Initiative

April 1, Madison (WI) – The Urban League of Greater Madison today announced that it has launched a new COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Initiative. The initiative will bring to bear the Urban League's infrastructure and experience to help job seekers and employers meet current and future workforce needs.

"Since the pandemic struck, we have heard from and read about growing numbers of workers who have lost work. Simultaneously, we have heard from employers who have an immediate need to fill jobs. In sticking with our demand-driven workforce development model, the Urban League is uniquely positions to serve as a match-maker between these two group," said Urban League CEO, Ruben L. Anthony, Jr.

The effort will be two-pronged in its focus:

First will be a focus on job seekers - both those who have been temporarily furloughed or permanently displaced as a result of the pandemic. Second will be a focus on employers - both helping them meet immediate needs for workers and helping them rebuild their workforce as we transition out of the current situation.

"We are grateful for collaborative and innovative efforts like this to support employers and workers during this unprecedented challenge," said Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce President Zach Brandon. "The Urban League is a vital resource for our community in providing rapid-response action to accelerate both the relief and recovery efforts underway."

Other business community partners on this effort include Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way HIRE Initiative. Also integral to this effort are the Urban League's longtime financial supporters including the Rennebohm Foundation, United Way, City of Madison, Dane County and many others.

The initiative will be led by Ray Allen, the Urban League's Workforce Development Division Director. Allen came to the Urban League a little over a year ago having most recently served as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. His expertise will be critical to helping the Madison region make its way through this difficult time.

MadREP CEO Paul Jadin noted that "one reason our organization has had such a strong partnership with the Urban League is their ability to be nimble and responsive to the needs of businesses in our region. This is another example of their demand-driven approach."

The Urban League has already identified a wide range of employers and needs in industries including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, and others. Our team will be available virtually to provide coaching, resume and interview prep, and matchmaking. The League is also close to launching online versions of some of its successful career academies. For employers, the League is able to provide a pool of candidates pre-screened to meet their hiring needs.

The Urban League is calling on the community to support this effort in two important ways:

1. Help spread the word to workers who have been hurt by furloughs, layoffs, reduced hours, or other impacts to their employment situation. Call us at (608) 729-1234 or apply online at ulgm.org/employment

2. If you are an employer in need of workers now, please call Ray Allen at (608) 729-1233

The Urban League made an ambitious commitment to 1,500 job placements by 2020. "We will not waiver from that commitment," said Anthony. "In fact, it's clear we're needed now more than ever!

 

Mayor Rhodes-Conway's Statement on Rejecting Racism in Our Community

Posted on Thursday, Apr. 2, 2020 at 11:01 am

The COVID-19 pandemic has often brought out the best in people, however we have also seen troubling behavior directed at Asian Americans in our community. I will not cite specific instances as I never want to call attention to these expressions of hate. But I do want to call attention to the fact that targeting members of our community at a time when we all are facing significant changes and challenges is a completely inappropriate and a wrongheaded response to this or any crisis within our community.

Times like these call for our humanity, our thoughtfulness and our strength in community. To get through this pandemic, we need to support one another -- not promote divisiveness. We all need to take care of each other and ourselves by staying at home as much as possible, practicing social distancing, and exercising social solidarity.

I am in agreement with University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank who recently said:

"COVID-19 has affected all of us personally, academically and professionally, as well as physically, mentally and socially," Blank said. "Even so, it's important to remember: No one person, country, or ethnicity created this pandemic -- disease does not discriminate."

In Madison, we value equity and diversity. We celebrate our differences and diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives. We know that kindness toward our neighbor and mutual respect with members of our larger community is integral to who we are and who we want to be as a city.

Even though we are unable to come together physically during this pandemic, I urge you to join me in reaching out to our community virtually. There is no question that COVID-19 will have a lasting effect on all of us, on both our physical and mental well-being. We will continue to feel its impact on our jobs, relationships with friends, family, neighbors and our community. However, it is upon each of us to do our best to support one another and be our best selves during this difficult time, so that we get through this as whole as we can. We can and we will, get through this, but we will only get through this together.




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