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ERIC Number: ED019497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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PROJECT MANPOWER--THE MACOMB COUNTY FARM LABOR PROJECT. SPECIAL PAPER NO. 3.
CAIN, JOHN N.
THE END OF THE IMPORTATION OF FOREIGN LABOR IN 1964 AND SEVERAL UNSUCCESSFUL EFFORTS TO DEVELOP A DOMESTIC LABOR SUPPLY IN MICHIGAN PROMPTED A PILOT PROJECT IN 1966, SPONSORED BY THE RURAL MANPOWER CENTER, THE COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE, AND THE COUNTY LABOR COUNCIL, IN WHICH SUBURBAN YOUTH WERE RECRUITED FOR SEASONAL FARM LABOR. SCHOOLS SUPPLIED ROSTERS OF POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES, THE STATE RURAL MANPOWER ADVISORY COUNCIL DETERMINED THE AREAS OF AGRICULTURE AND AGRIBUSINESS ENTERPRISES TO BE SURVEYED AND DETERMINED EMPLOYMENT POLIC, AND THE EXTENSION SERVICE MAILED THE FARM PROFILE AND INVENTORY FORMS DEVELOPED TO DETERMINE EMPLOYMENT NEEDS. OF 250 APPLICANTS, 175 WERE INTERVIEWED AND CLASSIFIED WITH AN OCCUPATIONAL CODE ACCORDING TO STATURE, PERSONAL QUALITIES, DEGREE OF MATURITY, AND HYGIENIC CONDITION, AND 100 WERE PLACED. EMPLOYMENT RECORDS WERE KEPT UP TO DATE ON BOTH EMPLOYEE AND EMPLOYER CARDS AND ON A COUNTY SITUATION MAP. RETURNS FROM EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE EVALUATION QUESTIONNAIRES AND COMMENTS INDICATED THAT A MAJORITY WERE SATISFIED WITH THE PROJECT. EMPLOYER ACCEPTANCE OF EMPLOYEES WAS GOOD, BUT MORE AND BETTER SUPERVISION AND TRAINING OF EMPLOYEES WERE NEEDED, AND TRANSPORTATION AND AVAILABILITY OF DRINKING WATER WERE MAJOR PROBLEMS. THE COUNTY SUPERVISORS DECIDED TO CONTINUE THE PROGRAM AS A FUNCTION OF THE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION OFFICE. SAMPLES OF FORMS USED, A LIST OF ENTERPRISES INVOLVED, AND NEWS RELEASES ARE INCLUDED. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Rural Manpower Center.
Identifiers: MICHIGAN; Michigan (Macomb County)