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Covid-19's Impact on America's Workforce

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

Policy Priorities

  • 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 healthcarelogistics, 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 jobsThere 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. 


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  • Notes from the Field: Covid-19's Impact on California's Workers | April 28, 2020

Press Statements

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.