Rohrkaste Response to Kimberly-Clark Announcement
I issued the
following statement in regards to the recent Kimberly-Clark announcement
concerning its Fox Cities operations.
Wednesday's difficult announcement by Kimberly-Clark comes on the heels of
the company’s announcement last week that outlined its global restructuring
plan which will cut over 5,000 jobs and close 10 facilities worldwide.
I am committed to working with Kimberly-Clark and local and state
agencies to ensure that those individuals and families affected by the
recent announcement have the resources and assistance they need moving
forward. Kimberly-Clark is a vital part of the Neenah community, and the
company has emphasized that they will continue to be heavily invested in our
area. Also, Neenah will remain the headquarters of Kimberly-Clark’s North
American Consumer Business.
The Fox Cities community and the state of Wisconsin stand ready to meet this
challenge and assist those affected by this announcement. If constituents
have any questions or concerns, please reach out to my office, and we will be
ready to assist you.
Please visit https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dislocatedworker/ for more
Department of Workforce Development Response to K-C Announcement
Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen today
announced steps that DWD and its regional workforce partners are taking to
assist workers following news that Kimberly-Clark plans to close two plants
in Neenah and Fox Crossing over the next 18 months.
"We have contacted our regional workforce partners to prepare Rapid Response
services that help affected workers find new, good-paying jobs," Secretary
Allen said. "We want the workers to know that the labor market outlook is
bright, our reemployment services produce results, and we are ready to
support the workers and their families in any way we can."
Secretary Allen announced the following steps:
• DWD is working with its regional workforce partners to mobilize a Rapid
Response Team to reach out to the employer and meet with affected workers.
The team will schedule orientation sessions to provide workers with
information about reemployment services, Unemployment Insurance, and
pre-layoff workshops on a variety of topics such as resume writing and
interviewing, job search strategies, and budgeting.
• DWD will work with regional partners to identify employers across the
region who are seeking talent with the skills that affected workers have,
and help facilitate connections to fill job openings with qualified
• Secretary Allen encourages affected workers to contact their local Job
Center to inquire about services by visiting
or calling 1-888-258-9966.
Rapid Response services are part of the DWD-administered Dislocated Worker
Program, which serves workers who become dislocated when a business cuts
positions or ceases operations entirely. The goal is to support affected
workers and their families, and help workers find work at new jobs that pay
as well or better than their previous employment.
For more information about the Dislocated Worker Program, visit:
Legislation Supporting HOPELINE
On Monday, a
bill which I co-authored was released for co-sponsorship. The legislation
requires the Department of Public Instruction to provide $110,000 annually
to the Center for Suicide Awareness, Inc., to continue their work in
assisting those who may need emotional support or additional resources. The
Center for Suicides Awareness, Inc. is located right here in the Fox Cities,
and they operate HOPELINE, a service that provides immediate emotional
support and resources for individuals experiencing a crisis. HOPELINE is
available 24/7, every day of the year. It serves every county in Wisconsin
at no cost to the individual.
In addition to
providing immediate assistance, HOPELINE captures valuable, accurate, data
in real time, allowing for detailed and searchable key issues. The data
collected can be used in the planning and deployment of state and county
resources. This data can be particularly helpful for rural and underserved
areas with geographical or resource barriers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
Wisconsin’s suicide rate and the number of deaths resulting from suicide
have increased between 2005 and 2015.
Suicide affects all of our communities. However, it has the largest impact
on adults aged 45-54. Veterans are at elevated risk for suicide, accounting
for 19 percent of all suicides among Wisconsin residents aged 18 and over
between 2007 and 2011. Youth also face elevated risks, particularly in
Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s teen (15-19) suicide rate has been higher than the
national rate for all but one year between 1999 and 2015, and the rate has
doubled between 2007 and 2015, according to the Wisconsin Office of
Children’s Mental Health (OCMH).
Research shows that a series of health and environmental factors can
increase the risk of suicide. Key environmental factors include:
• external stress from harassment or bullying
• adverse life events such as job loss, divorce, or death of family member
• family member or friend’s death by suicide
• barriers to mental health resources.
When individuals face a negative environmental factor, access to immediate
support is what is needed most.
The bill is supported by the Mental Health America of Wisconsin, National
Alliance on Mental Illness – Wisconsin (NAMI – WI), Wisconsin Council on
Mental Health, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and
Reentry Associates LLC.
Below is a sampling of the current data:
Top Five Text Topics – In Order:
• Depression, Stress, Suicidal Thinking, Family Issues, and Relationships
Veteran Texts – Top Three Topics – In Order:
• Relationships, Suicidal Thinking, and Depression
Peak Time When Veteran Texts are Received:
• 1:00 am
Day of Week When Highest Number of Texts is Received:
Hour(s) of Peak Texts:
• 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Overall Texter Satisfaction Rating:
to everyone who took the time to stop by my listening session Monday
night at Neenah City Hall! We had a great discussion, and I look forward
to holding more in the coming months.
Speaking to members of the Wisconsin Convention and Visitors Bureaus
Pam Seidl, Executive Director of the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors
Bureau, and myself
Thank you to
Pam Seidl, Executive Director of the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors
Bureau, for stopping by my office Tuesday to discuss legislative priorities
and tourism in Wisconsin. Pam does a fantastic job of promoting the Fox
Cities area, and I look forward to continuing to work with her to boost
tourism in the Fox Cities area.
Also, thank you to the Wisconsin Association of Convention and Visitors
Bureaus for allowing me to speak at your legislative day in Madison! We had
a great discussion concerning the state of our state and the outlook for
tourism in Wisconsin.
If you are interested in learning more about
bills that I have authored, co-sponsored, or voted on, please
click here. This link will take you directly to my Wisconsin State
Legislative page. Also, if you are interested in viewing my office