National Workforce Week of Action.

Standing up for investments in America's workers and industries – August 15-19, 2011.

America’s workforce is our country’s most valuable resource, but right now there are more than 14 million people who can’t find a job. However, a large percentage of job openings remain unfilled due to a shortage in workers who have the skills these positions require. Federal employment and job training programs give Americans the education and training services they need to get back to work and help businesses find the workers they need. Now is not the time to reduce our investments in these vital programs.

As part of National Workforce Week of Action, August 15-19, members of the business community, labor, education and training programs, and the public sector came together across the nation to stand up for investments in America’s workers and industries. In meetings with Members of Congress, in the press, and through social media, the workforce community urged policymakers to support adequate funding for workforce education and training programs—and your voices were heard!
Thank you to everyone for making National Workforce Week of Action a huge success. Click here to read more about a few of the week's highlights or visit us on Facebook and post some of your own. And remember, it’s never too late to act. Members of Congress need to hear from us throughout the year, so if you missed the official Week of Action, make this week your own personal week of action. Our resources are still available below.

We look forward to working with you in the months ahead as we continue to stand up for America’s workers and industries.


Get Involved

Do you have 1 minute?
Send a letter to your Senators and Representatives urging them to protect workforce funding in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget.

Do you have 5 minutes?
Write a message on your elected officials' Facebook or Twitter pages and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same. Click here to download some talking points to use in crafting your message.

Do you have 10 minutes?
Call your Members of Congress. Click here to download talking points you can use in speaking with the Member's staff.

Do you have 30 minutes?
Write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper and/or to a larger state or national newspaper. Click here for some tips for success.

Do you have 60 minutes?
Write an Op-Ed piece for your local paper. Need some inspiration? Click here to read some great opinion pieces or click here for helpful tips for writing and submitting your piece.

Do you have a few hours?
Invite your Members of Congress to visit your program. Site visits are a great opportunity to educate policymakers on the important role of education and training services in their community. Click here to download our checklist for success. 


Talking Points

Find your Members of Congress

Sample Meeting Invitation

Steps for Success: 
     Letter to the Editor
     Writing and Submitting and Op-Ed 
     Site Visit Guide   


National Co-Sponsors

American Association of Community Colleges
Association for Career and Technical Education
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
Center for Law and Social Policy
Coalition for Workforce Solutions
Corporate Voices for Working Families
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
The Corps Network
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
Goodwill Industries International
International Association of Jewish Vocational Services
Jobs for the Future

National Association of Development Organizations
National Association of Workforce Boards
National Association of Workforce Development Professionals
National Council for Workforce Education
National Council of La Raza
National Network of Sector Partners
National Skills Coalition
National Youth Employment Coalition
US Conference of Mayors
Wider Opportunities for Women
Workforce Investment Works
Workforce Strategies Initiative