DANIELS GOVERNMENT WEBSITE MANIPULATES WARN NOTICES

Indiana, as well as other states, requires that employers notify communities and the state of closings, transfers, and layoffs. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notices are listed on the state’s Workforce Development website.

Lately, however, the notices seem to be disappearing and then reappearing in altered form. I frequently check the notices to see how many jobs have been lost. The WARN notices bely the governor’s rosy picture painted about Indiana’s economy.

The WARN notices disappeared earlier this year, and I had to contact the state to see where they went. I finally received a response with a link that took me to the proper site. Well, lo and behold, they disappeared again last week. I kept trying over a couple of days and finally gave up and contacted the state again. Again, I received a reply with a link sending me to a new website.

But this time, the government had removed the older WARN notices and listed only those beginning with February of this year. The website not only removed the older notices but also cut down the number of notices listed. Looking at the new list, one would think that we had lost very few jobs when, in fact, each month brings worse news for Hoosier workers.

Here are the number of listings for each month:

January – no notices (the month isn’t listed)

February – one notice

March – no notices

April – one notice

May – two notices

June – three notices

July – six notices

August (to date) – two notices

A total of 15 notices – what a fabrication. I have looked at the list too many times since the first of the year to be lured into these false figures. The tactic shows a total lack of responsibility by the Daniels’ administration and his contempt for Hoosier workers – manipulating the WARN notices is inexcusable. It is amazing just how far he will go to hide his administration’s worsening job picture.

I guess I am just going to have to make myself annoying and call until I get an answer as to where those notices have been hidden.

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About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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5 Responses to DANIELS GOVERNMENT WEBSITE MANIPULATES WARN NOTICES

  1. kent strock says:

    I very much appreciate your willingness to be annoying. Is anyone at the JG willing to take up this story? Prolly not.

  2. Jim says:

    Annoying doesn’t even come close! Quit being a cry baby. Anything to slam a republican. If there was a democrat in office doing the same things you would say they were doing it to avoid causing a panic. What a joke.

  3. Now Jim, calling to the public’s attention a dirty Daniels’ trick is important. He keeps bragging about all those jobs – 3 or 4 years down the road – so why shouldn’t the public be entitled to see the job losses?

    Hidng them won’t do any good. I think it just shows how he is manipulating a website paid for by the taxpayer.

  4. Melissa says:

    When Governor Daniels first took over his duties as governor, there was a massive upgrade to state websites. The WARN notices that use to be posted on the website of the Department of Workforce Development were moved to the website of IN.gov so if you were using a bookmark to locate this information, it was no longer good.

    These updates effected almost all state websites. It was not done to try and confuse anyone. It was not done to try and trick anyone. It’s called technology. Lots of companies reconfigure their websites when they decide that upgrades are needed.

    On my job, I keep a running list of Indiana job losses. I use the WARN notices every month. I track them and record them on an Excel spreadsheet. I have never had a problem with getting the data that I need from the state website.

    Perhaps you need to upgrade your computer skills.

  5. Melissa:

    Thank you for your outstanding defense of Daniels. Your defense makes sense in that you work for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, which, of course, is generally supportive of Daniels’ business plans – no matter what they are.

    The WARN page has been changed two times in the last few months. Contrary to your assertion that it is easy to find (which doesn’t surprise me if you work for the Chamber in support of Daniels or perhaps your own personal leanings), the page has been made more difficult to find.

    When the page was moved the first time, a screen came up that simply said “Sorry for the inconvenience, the information is no longer available on this site.” Or words to that effect. And, as you noted on behalf of the Governor, “lots of companies reconfigure their websites.” Of course, what you overlooked is that “lots of companies” generally redirect the viewer to the new site – something the Governor failed to have the technology gurus do.

    The second time the site went missing, the same message came up. Again, no redirection to the new site containing WARN notices. In both instances, I had to contact the state to get the new web address – something that any “good business” would not make its viewers do.

    I have to ask why the Governor felt it necessary the second time not only to “reconfigure” the site but also to change the contents of the site to drop off notices.

    If you go to the site right now, you will see notices from April forward. January, February, and March have been dropped. In the past, you could actually see three years’ worth of notices, but, of course, the downturn in job losses makes it a better policy to just remove the unpleasant material and put it in archives.

    The response from the Governor’s office then becomes, “Just tell us what company you want to see and we will be glad to locate it.” How many people can ask for a company from a year ago?

    Here is the page that was used to inform viewers of relocation. Not one link takes you to the new WARN notice location.

    “We are sorry about the inconvenience.

    The web page you have requested could not be located in the Indiana Department of Workforce Development site on our server.

    If you have navigated here via a bookmark or link from an outside website, please note that our website structure has recently changed, and many sections have moved. Please update your bookmarks or links.

    DWD Homepage

    * Filing for Unemployment
    * Employer Self-Service for Unemployment Insurance
    * Job Matching
    * Employer Job Posting
    * Hoosiers by the Numbers
    * Simple Business Lookup
    * Search for Employment & Training
    * Apply for Training Grants

    More Online Services »”

    Of course, when you link to any of the above categories, it won’t take you to the WARN notices. In addition, when you actually get to the newly moved page, under Employer Services a “WARN” category is listed. But surprise, when you link to that category it takes you to a new page which gives info for employers – not the actual WARN listings.

    Now, go ahead and criticize my computer skills all you want, but when it becomes a convoluted process to find information that should be readily accessible, I call that manipulation.

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