Governor Robert Bentley announced Thursday the launch of "Work Alabama", an initiative by the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations to utilize existing resources to better identify temporary workers, and to make job seekers more aware of current job openings.
Bentley said DIR has streamlined the temporary job identification and application processes and is devoting additional resources to help employers cut through federal red tape to hire additional workers needed to meet workforce needs.
"The industries in our state that provide thousands of manual labor jobs are a foundational part of Alabama's economy." Bentley said. "I want these employers to know that we are here to help them while they provide much-needed jobs to Alabamians who are looking for work."
Governor Bentley also announced the assembly of a team of representatives of those industries that he says will provide thousands of jobs to manual laborers.
The team, led by Tom Surtees, Director of the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, includes representatives from agriculture, manufacturing, forestry, and construction and trades.
Surtees stressed the importance of utilizing the state's job placement services to both jobseekers and employers. "We want to make sure that our state's smaller employers are aware of the wealth of services we can provide to them – free of charge," said Surtees.
Employers can register on the state's free jobs database, JobLink, or contact their local Career Center to place a job order. Trained and experienced staff will be available to help guide them through the process.
Registration information as well as a listing of Career Centers is available at www.joblink.alabama.gov.
The Department of Industrial Relations has set up a toll free number to assist employers in obtaining immigrant workers legally through the federal H2A program.
Employers who need assistance with this program should call 1-855-WORK-ALABAMA or email firstname.lastname@example.org.