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La Crosse’s Dairyland Power hosts new U.S. labor secretary

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More job training and more access to technology would help the workforce around America, according to U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. 

The former mayor of Boston visited Dairyland Power in La Crosse on Tuesday, as part of a swing around Wisconsin to meet with workers.

While at the Dairyland Cooperative Service Center, Walsh promoted the “American Jobs Plan” before Congress, saying that people want to be trained for good-paying jobs.     

“I don’t look at it as Democratic items, I look at it as American items,” Walsh said. “There’s lots of people, whatever their political party is, that this bill’s gonna benefit.”

Walsh and La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind spoke with Dairyland employees about how the company is able to provide power efficiently for the region.       

Kind says “we still have a lot of work to do to get this across the finish line. The goal is to do that by this summer, and we’re still working very hard to make this bipartisan.”

The previous labor secretary under Donald Trump, Eugene Scalia, spoke at Dairyland last year on Labor Day, during a campaign rally headlined by Vice President Mike Pence.

Walsh says steps taken to get beyond the pandemic will help people get back to work.

“Vaccines are important,” Walsh said. “I think we’re starting to see the CDC came out with an important ruling the other day with lifting the mask mandate.” He also said people should continue to wash their hands and take care of their personal health.

Many of the people attending the Dairyland event did not wear face coverings, and Kind said it was good to be able to start getting out in public again.

   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.