Economics/Class Relations

A California city is asking retirees, stay-at-home parents, and students to work 20 hours a week at struggling businesses to help ease a labor crunch, a report says

By , Yahoo News

  • A California city is asking retirees, stay-at-home parents, and students to fill empty jobs for 6 months, according to a report.
  • This is a temporary solution to help ease the labor shortage.
  • Businesses across the US are struggling to find workers.

A city in northern California is calling on local retirees, stay-at-home parents, and students to go to work and help ease the labor crunch, CBS Sacramento reported.

The vice mayor of Folsom city has partnered with the local chamber of commerce to launch a new campaign encouraging these groups to work 20 hour weeks for six months at local businesses that are struggling the most to find workers, such as stores and restaurants, according to the report.

“Our hope is to bridge this gap,” Joe Gagliardi, CEO of The Folsom Chamber of Commerce, told CBS Sacramento. “It’s really a short-term solution where people who have time and are committed to the community want to help. We are not talking about people that are working for free, we are talking about people who have time on their hands that they might be able to allocate that to some of our businesses,” he said.

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