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.
unemployed U.S. workers as of February 2013
U.S. adults lack basic literacy skills
of U.S. employers report being unable to fill current openings due to skills gaps
increase in Workforce Investment Act Title I participation since 2009
of job openings in 2008-2018 require postsecondary education
On November 11, CIAW sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging enactment of final, omnibus spending legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2015 before the end of the calendar year. CIAW expressed that Congress must pass a true omnibus bill to make the funding adjustments that provide the workforce development system with the resources necessary to compete in the global economy. Read the full letter here.
On November 7, NDD United urged Congress to end its inaction and indecisiveness on completing appropriations for FY 2015 so that states and localities, businesses, schools, and individuals and families can receive certainty and stability surrounding what federal resources will be available. NDD United is an alliance of more than 3,200 national, state and local organizations fighting to protect the broad range of non defense discretionary (NDD) programs, activities and services. Read the full letter to learn more.
On September 17, 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 Committee on Appropriations expressing support for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year (FY) 2015. The groups commend Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and her cohorts on introducing their Labor-HHS bill, which aims to invest in Americans through a wide breadth of programs while staying within the strict spending allocation established by the full Appropriations Committee earlier this year. Read the full letter to learn more.
On May 22, 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 Senate Appropriations Committee offering support for the discretionary allocation of $156.773 billion for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill, given it maintains funding for these critical programs and is an improvement over the House’s allocation, and simultaneously expressed concern that such levels are insufficient to meet our nation’s needs, The groups urge Congress to work together to end sequestration and raise the discretionary spending caps in FY 2016 and beyond. Read the full letter.