Addressing unmet needs of seafood workers

Franklin’s Promise Director Joe Taylor acted as scribe at the meeting.

Joe Taylor

Lois Swoboda
Published: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 05:18 PM.

 

The meeting was called by the “unmet needs” committee of the non-profit Franklin ’s Promise Coalition, comprising service providers, churches, and other institutions.

Joe Taylor, director of Franklin ’s Promise, said the current environmental and economic emergency is “a crisis that isn’t exactly like anything we’ve ever had before. He said that 40 percent (of workers in the county) are affected by the fisheries’ crisis that has been declared by county and governor.”

Franklins Promise is trying to “bring together everyone who’s interested in helping with this crisis and determine a long-term strategy for the situation,” said Taylor . “Something like an economic failure like the fisheries is going to have a huge ripple effect. Today we wanted to get everybody together to assess who is falling through the cracks and what resources are available.”

Jennifer and Chris Millender represented the ‘Franklin County Seafood Workers Association (FCSWA).

Taylor congratulated the seafood workers on “finding voice collectively,” noting the strong leadership of the current officers was a great help during the crisis.

 “We are the front line,” said Jennifer Millender. “I’m humbled to see everybody here. Our door is always open.



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