Center for Displaced Workforce

Center for Displaced Workforce will speak to today’s average North Carolinian worker in most industries. This blueprint became necessary as a result of the spate of retrenchments around the country has led to a slow recovery. We yearn for something to be done about these retrenchments now, especially as the lives and well-being of many displaced workers and their families will come to depend on this blueprint. This is especially crucial because the economy is still under the weather.

The vision here is for a concrete program that will ensure the survival of ailing and displaced professionals. The success of this vision will depend on resources that are already available within our system. This comprises of personal computers, other equipment and funds towards this program. Some families are already wondering and asking themselves where their next meals will come from.

We look forward to your interest in taking full advantage of this program through in order to achieve economic recovery, one person at a time till it becomes an all-State recovery.

This proposal addresses the gradual slide into depression that the national economic community is currently witnessing. It is based on practical events rather than economic, political or management theories. This program should be perceived as a revelation of potential status quo, and subsequently an offer of a panacea. The situation that has necessitated this proposal calls for urgent response. The expectation of this program is to turn displaced workforce around, equip them better than they ever were, and hand them back to their former or new employers.


IN 2001/2002

In recent months, the economy had been showing signs of weakness in many areas. Companies have been engaged in amalgamations, mergers, acquisitions, sell-outs, shut-downs, slim-downs, shed-weights, etc. These have had tremendous impact on their employees. These employees constitute the mainstay of the community life in and around the State. Families had already begun to suffer untold hardships. Below are some of the results of the downward trend:

United Airlines reduced its operations out of various airports.

Northwest Airlines laid off ten thousand employees.

Alcatel is implemented a shut down of some of operations.

IBM in RTP slimmed down, raising the hammer over about five thousand employees.

American Airlines laid off part of its workforce, and North Carolina has many casualties in that exercise.

Continental Airlines laid off more than fifteen thousand employees.

The other airlines were not left out, as their plight was industry-wide.

Furthermore, Lucent Technology relocated to Boston, laid off all its North Carolina employees.

AMD PC Chip maker queued up twenty per cent of its workforce for lay-off.

Boeing’s 50,000 employees were also queued up for lay-off.

There are several other companies in that boat.

On September 11, 2001, in one single event, within a couple of hours, a major catastrophe hit the nation, the business community, the federal government, our state governments, our families, several overseas governments, companies and families. Consequently, additional shut-down of operations are taking place. In all this, a lot more people are forced out of those corporate doors.

On September 12, 2001, Midway Airlines that was already walking the corridors of the bankruptcy court closed its doors for good because it was meaningless keeping those doors open. The result was that the employees, whose hopes were gradually rising, had those hopes dashed in one second. Thank Goodness, a lifeline has come its way.


The national mood is mixed up. There are debates in many circles regarding which way to go. The business community is absorbing more and more perforations, punches and bumps. Consumer confidence is drastically eroded. Patriotism is psychologically high, but demonstrably low. Fear of personal economic insecurity is gripping various segments of our society. In all this, lay-off is increasing going on. There are still many people in the streets. If the retrenchments are allowed to continue, there will soon be a new problem – the need to contain lawlessness.

Many families are already unable to put food on the table. Unemployment figures have refused to go down. The stock market is characteristically witnessing ups and downs, and consequently unpredictable. The national focus has dramatically changed to grave national issues.


The focus of this blueprint is to begin as urgently as possible to harness displaced workforce for the purpose of creating a sense of direction for the individuals in a corporate atmosphere. This will entail huge sacrifice on the part of the corporation or individuals that volunteer to carry out this onerous task. A cursory cost-benefit analysis shows that the positives far outweigh the negatives if and when it is carried out.

This program has identified a dedicated core group that will take this bull by the horn. It will provide a platform for the commencement of recovery for both the individuals and the state in the area of unemployment rates. The medium-term plan of this program is to become economically self-sustaining. Besides, the program will, as a matter of mission and objective, vigorously pursue job-hunting for the registered individuals, alerting applicable companies of available suitable materials that they could employ.


For purposes of definition, Displaced Workforce here refers to all residents of North Carolina State that have been laid off, retrenched, terminated or otherwise declared unemployable either temporarily or permanently. For the purpose of this proposal, such people have faith in their abilities to earn a decent living either by being re-employed or engaged in a career or occupation in which they can earn a living outside regular employment.

It is the plan of this program to organize the displaced workers into a psychological corporate setup. This plan will give them the required continuity while waiting for possible job opportunities.

They will come in every morning to program site.

They will be tested to determine their employability.

Their individual proficiency levels will be determined.

They will be given breakfast first thing in the morning.

They will receive task instructions aimed at increasing their exposure.

They will receive instructions aimed at exposing them to new technology, etc.

They will receive training in various fields of their interest.

They will be served lunch at break time.

They will go back to work through the day, and go home after a closing meal.

This way, they will not have to worry about food. They will be able to concentrate on the training and on the motivational series aimed at rebuilding their psychological make-up.

This will be an ongoing program to keep the North Carolina wheel of progress constantly turning. Two hours every morning must be used in delivering Leadership Training to them. Companies will feel free to recall their laid-off employees. Other companies can hire from the pool. Individuals that become strong can venture out on their own and still receive FREE help from the program. If retrenchments stop, the program can stop, unless a new need is identified, and then the program can redefine itself in order to help.


Acceptance into the program will be primarily on the basis of lay-off or retrenchment. Original letter of lay-off will be verified and the subject will be absorbed into the program. Displaced Workforce is known to have no income coming in. This program will, therefore, become a labor bank or pool. The participants are kept in a state of readiness for interviews. The program will maintain regular and necessary contact with all companies in the area, acquainting them with the classes of employees registered in the program. Such companies will have the privilege of coming in to observe activities. They will be in a position to recommend to the program their specific requirements for candidates they can employ (or reabsorb, in the case of laid-off staff). The program will incorporate such requirements in the training and retraining of the participants, thereby making them meet for such employers.

The program will conscientiously work to evoke Patriotism in the individuals. This will be achieved through a combination of Ethics Talks and paraphernalia of patriotism like the national anthem, the flag, the rich national economic geography and economic history, etc. The program will set goals for the participants and monitor their work towards such goals. The program itself will have Short Term Plans, Medium Term Plans and Long Term Plans.

The program has already developed a corps of volunteers that meet all conceivable educational, technical, professional, social and economic classifications. These volunteers will be available on schedule to perform definite functions towards the rehabilitation of displaced workforce on site. More volunteers are being scrutinized for the program.

Training activities will be approached from coaching, teaching and tutoring angles. The areas to be covered include, and are not limited to the following:

Computer building, repair and maintenance

Web designing and publishing using different programs

Newspaper editing and publishing for community journalism

Book-keeping, Administrative and Secretarial service skills

Business Management, Marketing and Sales skills

Songwriting, Composing and Music production and Musicianship

Piano playing skills – sheet music and playing by the ear

Writing for newspapers and magazines

Novel Writing – Fiction and True Stories

Small Business Incubation

Moral Instructions and Ethics


This program will be operated out of appropriate facilities for its operation. An appropriate facility should have an auditorium and a few office rooms. Most of the daily activity will take place in the auditorium. The volunteer base is capable of helping up to ten thousand displaced workers from different companies. Initial intake will be subjectively pegged at one thousand people. This is especially because the program is aware of initial resource constraints.


Program Facility (building)

There are properties that can be used for helping those that the picture here applies to. Properties that have enough space for a start. Properties that will be financially affordable, manageable and useable. There should be such properties on different locations that could be made available to this program, especially now that there are volunteers.

Budget for providing meals

A rough estimate of five dollars per meal and three meals per day translates to seventy-five dollars per five-day week per person – Monday through Friday. This further translates to a recurrent three hundred dollars per month per person, until the program expectedly begins to be self-sustaining.



Chalk boards

Personal Computers


Photocopy machine

Graph and Art papers

Fax machine

Telephone and other office automation items.


For an effective implementation, the program should not be put through bureaucratic process. It will fit in well as a Commission under the governor’s office. The writer volunteers to give full time to the program to initiate, execute and operate it. The writer of this proposal was a victim of the mass retrenchments taking place after the September 11, 2001 national tragedies. He worked for American Airlines before the incidents. In the course of his daily duties, right after the bombing of the World Trade Center, he spoke to several distressed airlines customers in the course of his official duties.

Having been laid off, he decided to contribute this program to the state as his quota during these rough times for families of other retrenched workers. He has very good education and has worked for different companies at management level, and this is his first retrenchment experience. He has multiple skills in divers areas, and has been using those skills to help different communities. He is a member of two major professional bodies.

To join us in this project, please feel free to use contact information shown below.




1117 Corporation Parkway, Suite 107, Raleigh, NC 27610. (919) 875-1718


5843 Ramsey Street, Suite G, Fayetteville, NC 28311. (910) 822-7700

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