Responding to the crisis before us
Covid-19 is at the top of everyone's mind, and like you, we’re worried about how workers and small businesses are impacted by the pandemic, and we're focused on policy solutions to mitigate it. At National Skills Coalition, we have been directing our capacity to make sure the voices of our coalition are heard in Congress, in state houses, and in the media - we’ve talked with hundreds of your peers from across the coalition, ensuring that we’re bringing true on-the-ground experience to DC decision-making.
We'll continue to post our policy recommendations and stories from our network here as we work to keep you informed.
Updated July 22, 2020
Remove all barriers to our nation's safety net: Immediately remove barriers to the existing federal safety net including health, food, housing, and cash assistance.
Provide comprehensive income, healthcare, and re-training support to all displaced workers: Guarantee access to income replacement, healthcare, and re-training for any displaced worker, including contingent workers.
Help small and mid-sized business avert layoffs: Help businesses keep their employees while they are paid and re-trained during and in the aftermath of Covid-19, including for jobs that are themselves rapidly changing with new technology.
Address immediate shortages in industries needed to respond to crisis: Industries like healthcare, logistics, and manufacturing are essential to responding to Covid-19 and are already facing severe shortages of trained workers.
Update education and training policies to respond to marketplace disruption: Update our higher education policies to support the infrastructure and flexibility required for short-term digital learning to get displaced workers retrained quickly.
Create jobs: There is strong bi-partisan support for a major effort to re-build our nation’s infrastructure, which could create millions of jobs that will be needed even more coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tell your members of Congress – skills are critical to our country’s ability to address our current crisis and its economic impact on people, companies and communities across the country.
Skilled America Podcast
National Skills Coalition on Medium
Manufacturing a Response to COVID-19 | April 2, 2020
Figuring Out Who Cares | April 9, 2020
Re-Entering The Fray | April 16, 2020
Digital fluency for a resilient economy | April 21, 2020
Building in a Pandemic | May 7, 2020
- Analysis: Third stimulus package lacks comprehensive strategy to respond to urgent workforce needs today | March 26, 2020
- Federal government releases COVID-19 guidance for adult education programs | March 30, 2020
- Set of House Democrats release bill to invest $15.6 billion in workforce to respond to Covid-19 crisis | May 1, 2020
- Making a COVID-19 case for workforce data | May 7, 2020
- Federal policy change leaves millions of students out of pandemic-related emergency aid | May 11, 2020
- HEROES Act fails to reach scope and scale Covid-19 crisis demands | May 14, 2020
- Unruh on #SkillsWorldLIVE: NSC is "committed to working to change the racial inequities within workforce policy" | June 4, 2020
- The road from recession to inclusive economic recovery requires strong workforce data | June 9, 2020
- Federal government allows use of TANF, SNAP E&T, WIOA funds to support digital inclusion | June 24, 2020
- Workers without a college degree are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 job losses | July 9, 2020
- The 4 Workforce Issues Congress Must Address in the Next Stimulus | July 17, 2020
- Digital literacy skills are necessary for an equitable economic recovery from Covid-19, new report finds | July 22, 2020
NSC in the Press
- Workforce Groups Ask For Investments In Adult Basic Education Funding In Stimulus Bill | POLITICO, March 24, 2020
- On the frontlines of a pandemic, America's workforce needs a lifeline now | The Hill, March 28, 2020
- US workers file unprecedented 6.6M unemployment claims | HR Dive, April 3, 2020
- Pelosi Pushed to Seek Another $15 Billion for Worker Training | Bloomberg Law, April 9, 2020
- Advocates for the incarcerated say workforce re-entry support is lacking during pandemic | HR Dive, April 21, 2020
- To Solve Healthcare Worker Shortage, Policymakers Should Approve High-Quality Short-term Training Programs for Federal Student Aid | RealClearEducation, April 24, 2020
- One-Third of Manufacturing Workers Have Limited Digital Skills | IndustryWeek, April 30, 2020
- As states reopen, contact tracing efforts hobbled by obstacles | NBC News, May 19, 2020
- #SkillsToRecover Forum Series
A series of Covid-19 Capitol Hill updates for workforce advocates.
- Notes from the Field: Covid-19's Impact on California's Workers | April 28, 2020
- 30 National Organizations, Including National Skills Coalition, Send Letter to Congress on COVID-19 Stimulus Bill | March 23, 2020
- Third Stimulus Package Is Insufficient, We Need a Fourth to Address Urgent Workforce Needs | March 26, 2020
- NSC CEO: Record Unemployment Claims “Horrifying,” A “Wake up Call” for Legislators to Act Now on an Infrastructure Package | April 2, 2020
From our Networks
- Campaign to Invest in America's Workforce sent a letter to Senate Leaders and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies - urging them to invest invest at least $15 billion in our nation’s workforce development system, consistent with investments proposed in the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act, to ensure that we can respond quickly to current and projected demands for new workers in key industries, while helping those who have lost their jobs as a result of this crisis to transition to new family-supporting jobs. Close to 700 organizations have signed on to the letter.
Read the full letter here.
- Campaign to Invest in America's Workforce urges Congress to immediately invest at least $15 billion in our nation’s workforce development system. Read the full letter here.
Update: 500 organizations signed on to CIAW's letter
- Business Leaders United has developed a set of policy goals for an immediate stimulus package to assist workers who need income, healthcare, and housing today and to shore up small and mid-sized businesses trying to weather this crisis.