QC Chamber to Connect Furloughed Workers with Businesses

July  29, 2013

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce wants to help furloughed government workers. The chamber will launch a job board Thursday to connect workers on Arsenal Island with local businesses looking for part-time help. 

Abbey Nagle, from the Chamber, says nearly 6,000 civilian workers will have to take every Friday off without pay through September 30th.

"We saw it as an opportunity for the Quad Cities business community to step up and really do their part to support this group of people," said Nagle. "But also it supports the Quad Cities business community themselves. Certainly if these people are taking a cut in pay, they have less disposable income to patronize our businesses."

Nagle says the chamber is optimistic the job board will help Arsenal workers make up for lost pay.

Starting Thursday, businesses interested in adding a furloughed government worker to their payroll can post a position on Hoo-ah Quad Cities dot com.

"I've gotten a few phone calls; I've gotten some emails that people are definitely interested in taking advantage," said Nagle. "One person said, 'I'd love to hire them today.' So it's just a matter of coordinating these efforts and taking care of the logistics of getting the furloughed employees to the businesses. So Hooah! Quad Cities, the website, is going to be the conduit for that."

Furloughed workers can go to http://www.hooahquadcities.com/ starting Thursday to review part-time job openings in the community.