Workforce Day of Action.

In Over 30 States, Thousands Stood United for
Workforce Day of Action

On March 24, representatives from business, labor, education and training programs, and the public sector took part in meetings with Members of Congress, press conferences, site visits and rallies in over 30 states. As part of a national Workforce Day of Action, thousands voiced united opposition to funding cuts for federal education and training programs. Organized by National Skills Coalition and over twenty other national groups, the Workforce Day of Action was a coordinated effort to urge Congress not to eliminate funding for workforce programs, which play a vital role in the nation’s economic recovery and state’s job creation efforts.   


In Los Angeles, hundreds joined Mayor Villaraigosa at a rally organized by a broad coalition of groups, including the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, to protest cuts to job training and other programs under HR 1. In Chicago, Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) addressed over a hundred business, labor, and community leaders protesting the House attack at a rally organized by the Chicago Federation of Labor. In Milwaukee, Representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) participated in a standing room only press conference sponsored by the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board.

Business leaders and other stakeholders in Maryland, Connecticut, MassachusettsCalifornia, Ohio, Oregon and Kentucky penned op-ed columns addressing the impact of slashing workforce funding.

In-District Meetings and Site Visits.
Diverse stakeholders met with lawmakers and their staff to urge them to support continued investments in training and employment programs and to demonstrate the impact of job training.

Media Coverage


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Budget Cuts = Jobs Cut

Tell Congress to Help Create Jobs Not Cut Them’

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
Corporation of a Skills Workforce
The Corps Network
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
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