Gov. Walker visits Eau Claire, announces jobs plan

By: WEAU Staff
By: WEAU Staff

Governor Scott Walker says he has a plan to help put people back to work in Wisconsin.

"They may have the work ethic, they may have the willingness to do a good job, but they don't have the specific skills to meet those jobs," said Walker at a jobs event at Phillips Plastics in Eau Claire.

The first phase of the governor's plan focuses on giving people the resources to help land a job.

"The Department of Workforce Development is going to double the number of job fairs we have to connect people with employers who have job openings," Walker said.

He says that would increase the number of job fairs to 100 statewide this year. Lieutenant Governor Rebeccah Kleefisch says there are many jobs available everyday on the state's job website,

"We have between 29,000 to 35,000 open jobs right here in the state of Wisconsin," said Kleefisch in referrence to the website.

Walker says his plan focuses on the unemployed but also will help students. He wants to create more low cost degrees and make transitioning between schools easier.

The plan also focuses on Veterans. Walker says 3,000 veterans will be contacted about available jobs. Employers will be informed about the benefits of hiring veterans.

While the plan covers a lot of bases, State Senator Kathleen Vinehout says the plan is not complete.

"We've lost jobs 5 months in a row, almost 35,000 since the budget was signed, and I think the plan doesn't go far enough," Vinehout said of the plan.

But Walker says the state is moving forward. And this plan will help keep things on track.

"We went from a net loss of 150,000 jobs to a net increase of jobs across the state," Walker added.


(WEAU) - Governor Scott Walker traveled to Eau Claire Tuesday to discuss the first phase of his "Wisconsin Working" agenda.

He says the plan contains a number of long-term strategies to assist both job seekers and employers.

Walker made his announcement at Phillips Plastics this afternoon.

He's on a tour of the state to announce the plan.

Monday in Pulaski, the governor said the first part of the plan will zero in on job fairs, adding more of them.

Another part of the plan hopes to jump start jobs for military veterans.

Walker says he's also working on plans to make certain higher education program cheaper so people can more easily afford a higher level of schooling.

WEAU 13 News will be at Tuesday's announcement in Eau Claire.

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  • by Bob Location: EC on Jan 11, 2012 at 11:46 PM
    I went to the jobs website as recommended. Of the 29,000 to 35,000 open jobs listed, I found only 213 Jobs (546 openings) listed for Eau Claire County. Since this press conference was held at Phillips Plastics, I next searched for thier job openings. I found TWO. The first , - 'Quality Coach' Minimum Requirements of Employer: Education: Associate Degree Desired; Two year associates degree in Quality or equivalent or High School diploma or equivalent, with at least 1 year experience in operations and/or inspection experience in a manufacturing environment --- The second, - 'Mold Maker' Minimum Requirements of Employer: Education: Associate Degree Required Two-year degree in machine tooling or similar discipline; or equivalent mix of education and experience; Completion of apprenticeship program or equivalent experience; Minimum of five (5) years of experience at a journeyman level. So if Walker cut the CVTC state aid (so they can't add staff or expand programs), how does one get these Desired or Required Associate Degrees? I'm thinking that this governor has never worked in a real job. You know, a job where you had to have training, a specific skill set and had to punch a clock for an eight hour shift, day after day. I'll bet if you put him in a real job, he wouldn't last four hours.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 at 06:03 PM
    Hey sickofthestatusquo. RECALL. Get over it.
  • by Mickey on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:32 PM
    Corporations all over the globe are interested in relocating to WI where education is a top priority of the Walker administration. Corporations also appreciate the sense of unity that Scott Walker has instilled in the citizens of WI. The future of Wisconsin is very bright indeed.
  • by SickOfTheStatusQuo on Jan 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM
    when is the deadline for this recall petition? im so sick and tired of hearing you whiners calling for his head. He won the Governorship fair and square, by a majority vote. To ask us taxpayers that do not want a recall to help pay for it is beyond unbelievable. All of you mental midgets that just dont "Get It" and signed the recall petitions should have to pay every single penny for your failed effort. Build a Bridge and get over it. Your going to lose the recall bid. Time for reality to set in. Want to make a REAL difference? run for office yourselves. Whining does NOTHING.
  • by Jerome on Jan 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM
    RECALL !
  • by Anon on Jan 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM
    Instead of jobs, he should be offering more welfare programs. What is he thinking?
  • by Annnnn on Jan 11, 2012 at 08:22 AM
    Blah, blah, blah... that is all I hear. You democrats sure can wear a person down. Such negativity. What could Mr Walker possibly do to make even half of you happy? And before you come up with your snide remarks of go away, quit his job, be recalled, get hit by a bus etc., please remember that we are all adults. Is there ANYTHING that Mr Walker could do to get you all to think a little more positively?
  • by ahem on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:49 AM
    He's going to create low cost degree programs? How is he going to do that when he keeps slashing millions from the universities? Klefisch touts the numbers of jobs on the employment sites--very few pay more than nine bucks an hour and most are at minimum wage. There is a difference between filling a job and making a living; but they don't care about quality of life--only the job numbers.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:11 AM
    He cut 30% of tech college aid. Kind of counter productive to me.
  • by Dan Location: Brackett on Jan 10, 2012 at 09:05 PM
    Why was Walker promoting jobs plan at a place where people already have jobs? It makes no sense...he should have been downtown at the unemployment office where people are looking for jobs. He just keeps doing things that make you want him out! Recall!!
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