Director's Spotlight - June 2010
Preparing Missouri for the Evolving Economy
A column by Department Director
Missouri’s economy is changing. Jobs and industries are modernizing across our country, and everyone needs to adapt to keep up with the evolving economic landscape. It is especially important as our state recovers from the recession that we attract new businesses and new industries so that we can continue to grow.
One aspect of this which is of particular interest to us here at the Labor Department is creating a positive, cooperative relationship between labor and management. As our state moves forward into its 21st century economy, this cooperation will be absolutely essential to competing and maintaining the efficiency and agility of Missouri’s workforce. And as we compete with other states and nations for jobs, we need to maintain our reputation as the world-class workforce that we are.
On that note, I am proud to announce that the 2010 Mid-America Labor/Management Conference will be held again here in Missouri, at the Lake of the Ozarks starting July 5th. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in sessions about a wide range of topics aimed at both labor and management audiences. Sessions include: alternative energy development, Missouri’s Shared Work Program, the National Labor Relations Act, state and federal apprenticeship programs, mediation, and self-funded health plans, just to name a few. The keynote speaker for the event will be Roger Wilson, former Governor of Missouri and current President and CEO of Missouri Employers Mutual.
By developing better regional cooperation between states and better labor relations, I believe Missouri will be on the fore front to welcoming new industries to the region thereby creating jobs.
For more information, or if you would like to register, visit http://malmc.org. Pre-registration closes June 15th.
Director's Spotlight Archives
November 2011 - Native American Heritage Month
October 2011 - National Disability Employment Awareness
September 2011 - Labor Day: A Tribute to Missouri's Leadership in Worker Protection
April 2011 - How Housing Fraud Can Crush the American Dream
January 2011 - Worker Misclassification is Bad for Business
December 2010 - Working for the Holidays
November 2010 - Unemployment Benefits: Transitioning to Jobs
October 2010 - Protecting a Precious Industry
September 2010 - Labor Day: A Tribute to Missouri Workers
August 2010 - WorkReadyMissouri: Enhancing Missouri's Workforce
July 2010 - Workers' Compensation: Stepping Up Efforts against those Cheating the System
June 2010 - Preparing Missouri for the Evolving Economy
May 2010 - Workers' Memorial Day 2010
April 2010 - Missouri's Unemployment Update