Worker Safety Net

People can’t easily train for their career when they’re struggling to meet basic needs like food, housing, medical care, and child care. Instead of forcing people to take low-wage jobs, our nation’s safety net programs should support millions of people who want to train for a quality career but need support along the way. Realizing the potential of our safety net requires pushing back on efforts to dismantle it, while expanding opportunities for training that leads to good jobs.

Growing a safety net that supports workers and their careers

In order to transform our safety net from a punitive system to an empowering one, we must protect and expand investments in programs like SNAP Employment & Training, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and others, while pushing back on state and federal efforts to expand work requirements that force people receiving public benefits into low-wage jobs and restrict access to education and training.

NSC is fighting to protect safety net programs and to expand workers’ access to them as they train for a good job or take the next step in their career.

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Skills for an Inclusive Economic Recovery

A set of generation-defining investments in inclusive skills policy can contribute to addressing the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on communities who have long suffered inequities.

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