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.