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.
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Send a letter to your Senators and Representatives urging them to protect workforce funding in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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American Association of Community Colleges
National Association of Development Organizations