America’s workforce is our country’s most valuable resource, but right now there are more than 14 million people who can’t find a job. However, a large percentage of job openings remain unfilled due to a shortage in workers who have the skills these positions require. Federal employment and job training programs give Americans the education and training services they need to get back to work and help businesses find the workers they need. Now is not the time to reduce our investments in these vital programs.
There are many ways to get involved whether you have one minute, ten minutes or an hour. Take action below and join us in this important fight for the future of our nation’s workforce.
Write a message on your elected officials’ Facebook or Twitter pages and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same. Click here to download some sample posts and tweets.
Call your Members of Congress. Click here to download talking points you can use in speaking with the Member’s staff.
Send a letter or email to your local Chamber of Commerce asking them to reach out to Congress to advocate on behalf of local and national workforce programs.
Send a letter or email to your Senators and Representatives urging them to protect workforce funding. Click here to download talking points you can use in drafting your letter or email.
Share your success story on your elected officials’ Facebook page to educate them about the importance and effectiveness of the national workforce system.
Get your employer involved by asking them to write a letter to Members of Congress that speaks to the value of and need for local workforce programs.
Write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper and/or to a larger state or national newspaper. Click here for some tips for success.
Seeing is believing! Tape a success story and send it to your Members of Congress so they can see how workforce programs are benefitting constituents in their districts.
Make an appointment to meet with your Senators and Representatives or their staff to emphasize the need to protect workforce. Click here to locate your elected officials’ district offices and contact information.
Invite your Members of Congress to visit your program. Site visits are a great opportunity to educate policymakers on the important role of education and training services in their community. Click here to download our checklist for success.
Start a petition to collect signatures in support of workforce training programs from colleagues, family, friends, and neighbors. Send your completed petition to your Member of Congress to educate them on the amount of support existing in their districts.