Our Mission

The Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce

calls for greater and more effective federal investments in our nation’s skills, so more U.S. businesses can find the skilled workers they need to compete globally, and so all U.S. workers can share in and contribute to our country’s economic prosperity.

Quick Fact

12 M

unemployed U.S. workers as of February 2013

92 M

U.S. adults lack basic literacy skills

52%

of U.S. employers report being unable to fill current openings due to skills gaps

248%

increase in Workforce Investment Act Title I participation since 2009

62%

of job openings in 2008-2018 require postsecondary education

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Latest News

CIAW Opposes Proposed House FY 2015 Labor-H Allocation

On May 8, Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW) delivered a letter expressing disappointment in the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2015 302(b) allocation for the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations (Labor-H) bill. The group representing more than 45 national organizations cannot support the proposed allocation because, while non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding overall had a small increase, the proposed Labor-H allocation represents yet another funding cut for critical employment, occupational training, and adult basic education programs. Read the full letter to learn more.

CIAW, CEF, CHF Express Disappointment in FY 2015 Labor-H Allocation

On May 7, Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW), the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), and the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF) sent a joint letter to the House Appropriations Committee on behalf of more than 1050 education, health and workforce training organizations to express their disappointment in the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2015 302(b) allocation for the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations (Labor-H) bill. While non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding overall had a small increase, the proposed Labor-H allocation represents yet another funding cut for critical education, health, and employment and training programs. Read the full letter to learn more

CIAW, 1,000+ Organizations Urge Labor-H Appropriations Committees to Restore Funding

Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce delivered a letter signed by 1,065 national, state and local organizations representing all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Committees urging them to restore funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for programs under their jurisdiction to the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion and to end sequestration.

Read the full letter to learn more. 

CIAW Shares Views on FY 2014 Omnibus Bill

On January 15, Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW) sent a letter to members of the House and Senate to share their views on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, or the “omnibus bill.” 

After years of fiscal austerity, the FY 2014 omnibus bill stops broad disinvestments in critical federal nondefense discretionary programs, and restores funding for most discretionary programs above FY 2013 post-sequester levels.Funding for most workforce development programs—including the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Wagner-Peyser Employment Services, Department of Labor national programs, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Adult Basic Education (ABE)—is restored above FY 2013 post-sequester levels.

However, funding for almost all workforce development programs in the omnibus bill is below FY 2013 pre-sequester levels. In addition, this bill provides only a temporary reprieve as the caps and cuts established under the Budget Control Act remain in effect through the balance of this decade.

Read the full letter to learn more.