The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many events, classes and seminars online and has pushed people out of work. United Labor Agency Executive Director David Megenhardt joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast on Oct. 7 to discuss how the ULA is helping people find and train for work.
Trump ends stimulus talks
Following the order from President Trump to his advisors to stop stimulus package negotiations, Megenhardt said it is clear that this president does not have working people or businesses in mind.
With millions of working Americans and businesses being economically devastated by this pandemic, Megenhardt said it is irresponsible to use stimulus as a bargaining chip in order to win votes in the upcoming election.
ULA virtual job fairs
Megenhardt said the United Labor Agency has been holding monthly job fairs since the beginning of the summer.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been pushed out of work. The safest way to help these people find employment is through virtual job fairs. He said that each job fair has seen at least 50 employers take part.
Megenhardt encouraged listeners to carry out their job search online. While in-person job fairs have been effective in the past, he said these virtual job fairs have been well received. Participants can talk more personally with more employers.
Megenhardt also scorned the people who have viewed the extra $600 per week of unemployment benefits as a motivator to stay unemployed.
While the ULA has had great participation in their events, some people have held out on looking for work. With many companies saying furloughs would only last a few months, those satisfied with their jobs only began looking for work once they realized their job will not be back anytime soon. He added that if $600 per week is enough to keep people from looking for work, we should look at increasing wages.
Training unemployed workers
Megenhardt then spoke about online training in the tech industry being sponsored by the ULA and other organizations.
He said more people are seeking out and completing these training courses now that they are unemployed and need to learn new skills to make themselves more marketable.