Restoring Overtime Pay

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Middle Class Economics Rewarding Hard Work by Restoring Overtime Pay

Middle class economics means that a hard day’s work should lead to a fair day’s pay.  For much of the past century, a cornerstone of that promise has been the 40-hour workweek.  But for decades, industry lobbyists have bottled up efforts to keep these rules up to date, leaving millions of Americans working long hours, and taking them away from their families without the overtime pay that they have earned. Business owners who treat their employees fairly are being undercut by competitors who don’t.

Today, President Obama announced that the Department of Labor will propose extending overtime pay to nearly 5 million workers. The proposal would guarantee overtime pay to most salaried workers earning less than an estimated $50,440 next year. The number of workers in each state who would be affected by this proposal can be found here.

The salary threshold guarantees overtime for most salaried workers who fall below it, but it is eroded by inflation every year.  It has only been updated once since the 1970s, when the Bush Administration published a weak rule with the strong support of industry.  Today, the salary threshold remains at $23,660 ($455 per week), which is below the poverty threshold for a family of four, and only 8 percent of full-time salaried workers fall below it.

President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update regulations relating to who qualifies for overtime pay so that they once again reflect the intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to simplify the rules so they’re easier for workers and businesses to understand and apply.  Following months of extensive consultations with employers, workers, unions, and other stakeholders, the Department of Labor developed a proposal that would:

  • Raise the threshold under which most salaried workers are guaranteed overtime to equal the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers.  As proposed, this would raise the salary threshold from $455 a week ($23,660 a year) – below the poverty threshold for a family of four – to a projected level of $970 a week ($50,440 a year) in 2016.
  • Extend overtime pay and the minimum wage to nearly 5 million workers within the first year of its implementation, of which 56 percent are women and 53 percent have at least a college degree.
  • Provide greater clarity for millions more workers so they – and their employers – can determine more easily if they should be receiving overtime pay.
  • Prevent a future erosion of overtime and ensure greater predictability by automatically updating the salary threshold based on inflation or wage growth over time.

Learn more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/30/fact-sheet-middle-class-economics-rewarding-hard-work-restoring-overtime

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A Hard Day’s Work Deserves a Fair Day’s Pay

6/29/2015 9:16 pm EDT Barack Obama – huffingtonpost

It’s been a good few days for America.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the Affordable Care Act. It is here to stay.

And, Democrats and Republicans in Congress paved the way for the United States to rewrite the rules of global trade to benefit American workers and American businesses.

On Friday, the Court recognized the Constitutional guarantee of marriage equality. With that ruling, our union became a little more perfect — a place where more people are treated equally, no matter who they are or who they love.

These steps build upon America’s steady progress in recent years. Out of the depths of recession, we’ve emerged ready to write our own future. Our businesses have created 12.6 million new jobs over the past 63 months — the longest streak on record. More than 16 million Americans have gained health insurance. More kids are graduating from high school and college than ever before.

But more work lies ahead, if we are to succeed in making sure this recovery reaches all hardworking Americans and their families.

We’ve got to keep expanding access to affordable health care. Right now, 22 states haven’t expanded Medicaid — even though, under the ACA, they can. We’ll keep encouraging those governors to do the right thing for their constituents. And we’re making sure people know all the ways that they can benefit from the ACA. Wednesday, I’ll go to Tennessee to meet Americans whose lives have been changed by this law, and to talk about how, instead of refighting settled battles of the past, we can move forward together.

We’ve got to keep making sure hard work is rewarded. Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve. That’s partly because we’ve failed to update overtime regulations for years — and an exemption meant for highly paid, white collar employees now leaves out workers making as little as $23,660 a year — no matter how many hours they work.

This week, I’ll head to Wisconsin to discuss my plan to extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million workers in 2016, covering all salaried workers making up to about $50,400 next year. That’s good for workers who want fair pay, and it’s good for business owners who are already paying their employees what they deserve — since those who are doing right by their employees are undercut by competitors who aren’t.

That’s how America should do business. In this country, a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. That’s at the heart of what it means to be middle class in America.

For more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barack-obama/a-hard-days-work-deserves-a-fair-days-pay_b_7691922.html

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 – 2:20 PM ET
President Obama delivers remarks on the economy
Recreational Eagle Center, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse,
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Summer Food Service Program 2015

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs.

What happens when school lets out?

Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need.

Want to help end hunger this  summer? Here are a few ways you can help:

How To Apply

Find meals for children call:

National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE

For the entire article: http://www.summerfood.usda.gov/

Farm to Summer Resources

Local foods and agriculture-based activities at Summer sites can improve the quality and appeal of Summer Meals, address the summer learning and nutrition gap, bolster your Farm to School efforts with year-round programming, and support local and regional food systems all year long. USDA’s Farm to Summer team has a number of resources available for States interested in promoting the use of local foods their sponsors:

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G7 Summit 2015

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The Group of 7 (G7) is a group consisting of the finance ministers and central bank governors of seven major advanced economies as reported by the International Monetary FundCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapan, the United Kingdom, and the United States meeting to discuss primarily economic issues. The European Union is also represented within the G7. The G7 are the seven wealthiest major developed nations by national net wealth, representing more than 64% of the net global wealth ($263 trillion) according to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report October 2014. The IMF’s Managing Director usually participates. Recent G7 meetings include that of May 2013 in Aylesbury, United Kingdom with an emergency meeting in The Hague, Netherlands on March 24, 2014. Most recently, there was a meeting in Brussels on June 4, 2014.

The G7’s precursor was the ‘Group of Six’, founded ad hoc in 1975, consisting of finance ministers and central bank governors from FranceWest GermanyItalyJapan, the United Kingdom and the United States, when Giscard d’Estaing invited them for an “informal gathering at the chateau of Rambouillet, near Paris […] in a relaxed and private setting”.  The intent was “to discuss current world issues (dominated at the time by the oil crisis) in a frank and informal manner”.  Canada became the seventh member in 1976, after which the name ‘Group 7′ or G7 was used.  During 1986–87 the G7 with its finance ministers and central bank governors superseded the G5 as the main policy coordination group, particularly following the Louvre Accord of February 1987, agreed by the G5 plus Canada and endorsed by the G7.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G7

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Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, US, European Council & European Commission
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G7 Summit 2015 
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

The heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will be meeting at Schloss Elmau in Upper Bavaria on 7 and 8 June 2015. In addition to the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, they will be discussing the UN conferences to be held in 2015 as well as the post-2015 agenda.

Other key issues they will be addressing include:

  • Protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency,
  • Antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola,
  • Retail and supply chain standards, and
  • Empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training.

The leaders of the G7 countries will also discuss energy security, including as part of the Rome G7 Energy Initiative. In addition, they will continue the ongoing G7 process in regard to development policy.

A community of shared values
The G7 countries have a special responsibility when it comes to shaping our planet’s future. As a community of shared values, the G7 must work towards establishing peace and security and ensuring people can live a self-determined life. Freedom and human rights, democracy and the rule of law, peace and security, prosperity and sustainable development are core principles agreed by the G7.

“The heads of state and government of the G7 do not accept the Russian Federation’s illegal annexation of Crimea. As a community of values, they have therefore decided to hold their meetings without Russia until further notice.”

Foreign and security policy
The G7’s commitment to pursue a common foreign and security policy is extremely important given the numerous political crises the world over. In March 2014 the G7 declared that a meaningful discussion was currently not possible with Russia in the context of the G8. Since then meetings have continued within the G7 process.

Sustainable economic growth and free trade
The G7 countries are key actors in international economic relations, and as such they carry great responsibility for creating reliable, sustainable and viable global economic conditions. Dynamic and sustainable growth in industrialised, newly industrialising and developing countries is easier to achieve if those countries are agreed on basic issues around economic development, cross-border trade and an effective, prudent financial market architecture.

That is why the G7 will continue to work towards establishing an enabling environment that is stable in the long term in order to promote dynamic, sustainable economic growth. Sound finances, open global markets and a well-functioning labour market have a key role to play in that. The G7 states will together continue to promote international trade.

For more: http://www.g7germany.de/Webs/G7/EN/Home_en/home_node.html

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President Obama’s Europe Intinerary

Saturday, June 6

President Obama travels to Munich, Germany for the G7 Summit

Sunday, June 7

President Obama arrives in Munich, Germany

President Obama travels to Krün, Germany

President Obama joins German Chancellor Merkel in meeting with the citizens of the town of Krün
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President Obama participates in a walk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Merkel
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President Obama attends a G7 welcome ceremony
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 sessions focusing on the global economy, growth and values
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President Obama joins other leaders in G7 sessions focusing on trade and standards
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President Obama joins other leaders in G7 family photo
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President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting
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President Obama joins other leaders in attending a cultural performance for the leaders
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President Obama joins other leaders in a working dinner
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Monday, June 8

President Obama meets with French President Hollande
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President Obama joins other leaders in G7 sessions focusing on energy and climate
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President Obama joins other leaders in G7 sessions focusing on terrorism
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President Obama joins other leaders in a working lunch on development issues
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President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi  hold a bilateral meeting
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President Obama holds a press conference
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President Obama departs Krün, Germany

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May 2015 Leading Major Country PMI Comparisons

U.S. Manufacturing Still Number One

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Manufacturing PMIs for May are out, and the United States, despite declining to lowest since January 2014 today, is still some way ahead of the rest of the world. This continues a trend that has been in place since the spring of last year.A reading above 50 points to an expansion in manufacturing. The United States is the only major economy that has not fallen below that point in the past three years. 
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May 2015 Major Economy PMI Comparison

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Pres Obama @ Summit on Overcoming Poverty

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OBAMA TO JOIN SUMMIT ON OVERCOMING POVERTY IN U.S. AT GEORGETOWN

MAY 7, 2015 – PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WILL PARTICIPATE in a unique Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown next week that addresses key questions related to the moral, human and economic costs of poverty in the United States.

The President will discuss the topic of poverty and opportunity May 12 with well-known Harvard public policy professor Robert Putnam and Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.

“Georgetown University is privileged to host this unprecedented and timely summit of Catholic, evangelical and other religious leaders coming together to make overcoming poverty a clear moral imperative and urgent national priority,” says Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “The university is particularly honored to welcome President Obama to join this unique dialogue with Robert Putnam and Arthur Brooks.”

Washington Post columnist and McCourt School of Public Policy adjunct professor E.J. Dionne Jr. will moderate the discussion, and the conversation will be webcast at georgetown.edu.

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) will address the summit after the discussion.

The May 11-13 summit is organized by Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the National Association of Evangelicals.

“As Pope Francis has placed a preference for the poor at the center of public life,” DeGioia adds, “we bring our resources as a Catholic and Jesuit university in the nation’s capital to engage in dialogue and scholarship that supports the betterment of humankind and the common good.”

SENSE OF URGENCY

More than 120 leaders from evangelical, Catholic and broader religious communities, as well as key policy makers, researchers and community organizers, have been invited to the summit.

“With this summit, Catholic and evangelical leaders hope to create a new sense of urgency, new allies and new ideas to help overcome the political paralysis and moral scandal of too much poverty and too little opportunity in our nation,” says John Carr, the Georgetown initiative’s director. “We are honored that President Obama has chosen to join us in addressing this urgent moral imperative.”

Carr says the summit is a “direct response” to Pope Francis’ “challenge to place the lives and dignity of the poor at the center of religious and public life.”

Key partners and participants for the summit include the Circle of Protection, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bread for the World, World Vision, the Salvation Army, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Catholic Charities USA, Oxfam America, Sojourners, PICO National Network and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

For more: http://www.georgetown.edu/news/poverty-summit-2015-with-obama.html

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The White House would like to hear how the issues discussed at the summit are playing out in your community, and how you think we can continue expanding opportunity for more Americanshttps://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/poverty-and-opportunity-your-community-what-are-you-seeing

May 12, 2015
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President Obama joins leaders from faith groups, public and private organizations in a panel discussion at the
Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty
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International Workers’ Day 2015

International Workers’ Day is a celebration of the international labour movement that occurs on May Day, May 1, a traditional Spring holiday in much of Europe. May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries, and celebrated unofficially in many other countries. In some countries the public holiday is officially Labor Day while in others the public holiday marks the traditional Spring festival known as May Day.

In 2006, May 1 was chosen by mostly Latino immigrant groups in the United States as the day for the Great American Boycott, a general strike of undocumented immigrant workers and supporters to protest H.R. 4437, immigration reform legislation which they felt was draconian. From April 10 to May 1 of that year, millions of immigrant families in the U.S. called for immigrant rights, workers rights and amnesty for undocumented workers. They were joined by socialist and other leftist organizations on May 1. On May 1, 2007, a mostly peaceful demonstration in Los Angeles in support of undocumented immigrant workers ended with a widely televised dispersal by police officers. In March 2008, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced that dockworkers will move no cargo at any West Coast ports on May 1, 2008, as a protest against the continuation of the Iraq War and the diversion of resources from domestic needs. For May Day 2010, marches were being planned in many cities uniting immigrant and native workers including New York, San Francisco, Boston, Albany, Chicago and Los Angeles most of whom protested against the Arizona Senate Bill 1070.

On May 1, 2012, tens of thousands marched in the streets of New York and around the US to commemorate May Day as the worker’s holiday and to protest the dismal state of the economy, the growing divide between the rich and the poor and the status quo of economic inequality. Members of Occupy Wall Street and labor unions held protests together in a number of cities in the United States and Canada on May 1, 2012 to commemorate May Day.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Workers%27_Day#United_States

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2014 SOTU - Raise the minimum wage

2014 SOTU calls for action on increasing jobs

Raising the Minimum Wage to $10.10. As he said in his State of the Union speech on January 28th, President Obama will continue to call on Congress to pass the Harkin-Miller plan to raise the Federal minimum wage for working Americans in stages to $10.10 and index it to inflation thereafter, while also raising the minimum wage for tipped workers for the first time in over 20 years. The President knows this is important for workers and good for business.

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Did You Know That Women Are Still Paid Less Than Men?

On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. This substantial gap is more than a statistic — it has real life consequences. When women, who make up nearly half the workforce, bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families, and over a lifetime of work, far less savings for retirement.

President Obama supports passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a comprehensive and commonsense bill that updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work.

On April 11, 2013 the House GOP blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act from getting a vote.

On April 9, 2014 the Senate GOP blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act from getting a vote.

 

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The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is legislation proposed in the United States Congress that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees.

ENDA has been introduced in every Congress since 1994 except the 109th. Similar legislation has been introduced without passage since 1974. The bill gained its best chance at passing after the Democratic Party broke twelve years of Republican Congressional rule in the 2006 midterm elections.In 2007, gender identity protections were added to the legislation for the first time. Some sponsors believed that even with a Democratic majority, ENDA did not have enough votes to pass the House of Representatives with transgender inclusion and dropped it from the bill, which passed the House and then died in the Senate. President  George W. Bush threatened to veto the measure. LGBT advocacy organizations and the LGBT community were divided over support of the modified bill.

In 2009, following Democratic gains in the 2008 elections, and after the divisiveness of the 2007 debate, Rep. Barney Frank introduced a transgender-inclusive version of ENDA. He introduced it again in 2011, and Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced it in the Senate. President Barack Obama supports the bill’s passage.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employment_Non-Discrimination_Act

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Statement by the President on Senate Passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013

November 07, 2013

For more than two centuries, the story of our nation has been the story of more citizens realizing the rights and freedoms that are our birthright as Americans. Today, a bipartisan majority in the Senate took another important step in this journey by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would help end the injustice of our fellow Americans being denied a job or fired just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Just as no one in the United States can lose their job simply because of their race, gender, religion or a disability, no one should ever lose their job simply because of who they are or who they love.

Today’s victory is a tribute to all those who fought for this progress ever since a similar bill was introduced after the Stonewall riots more than three decades ago. In particular, I thank Majority Leader Reid, Chairman Harkin, Senators Merkley and Collins for their leadership, and Senator Kirk for speaking so eloquently in support of this legislation. Now it’s up to the House of Representatives. This bill has the overwhelming support of the American people, including a majority of Republican voters, as well as many corporations, small businesses and faith communities. They recognize that our country will be more just and more prosperous when we harness the God-given talents of every individual.

One party in one house of Congress should not stand in the way of millions of Americans who want to go to work each day and simply be judged by the job they do. Now is the time to end this kind of discrimination in the workplace, not enable it. I urge the House Republican leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote and send it to my desk so I can sign it into law. On that day, our nation will take another historic step toward fulfilling the founding ideals that define us as Americans.

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White House UpSkill Summit

At today’s White House Upskill Summit, the Administration announced new steps to help realize the full potential of America’s workforce by empowering workers with the education and training they need to develop new skills and earn higher wages. Over 100 leading employers, who employ more than 5 million workers made concrete commitments to empower front-line workers across their businesses, in partnership with 30 national labor unions, and accelerated by new innovative data and tools. During his State of the Union address earlier this year, the President launched a new Upskill Initiative, calling on businesses to help workers of all ages earn a shot at better, higher-paying jobs, even if they do not have a higher education. The commitments announced today already represent significant action and progress since the President’s January call to action.

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What They’re Saying: Businesses are Ready to Join the President to UpSkill America

Lindsay Holst January 26, 2015  01:24 PM EDT

In his State of the Union address and again at Boise State days later, the President called on more employers to adopt or expand measures to help workers gain the skills and credentials to advance into better paying jobs – including by expanding registered apprenticeships, increasing uptake of tuition benefit programs that pay for a worker to complete their college education, offering on-the-job training for career progression, and increasing access to technology-enabled learning tools.

Tonight, I’m also asking more businesses to follow the lead of companies like CVS and UPS, and offer more educational benefits and paid apprenticeships — opportunities that give workers the chance to earn higher-paying jobs even if they don’t have a higher education.

– President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 20, 2015

This initiative to Upskill America includes important steps by employeers, educators, and others in the private sector. That’s why more than 30 employers are already answering the President’s call to grow apprenticeships, support thousands of workers to earn a college degree for free while they are working, and providing a clear path upward for employeers who develope and demonstrate critical skills in the field. It’s also why President Obama is calling on Congress to invest over $2 billion to expand registered apprenticeships and spread high-quality training programs.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/01/26/what-theyre-saying-businesses-are-ready-join-president-upskill-america

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Leading Employers Commit to Boost Worker Education, Job Training to Expand Economic Opportunity for 24 Million American Frontline Workers

April 24, 2015 upskillamerica.org

Washington, DC, April 24, 2015 – A White House Summit will convene today to address the critical need expand economic opportunity for low-wage workers and develop a more skilled workforce. At the same time, top U.S. business and workforce leadership in the UpSkill America partnership will announce new commitments to bolster their investment in frontline employee education and training.

Launched in January, UpSkill America is a coalition of business, labor, education, workforce training, and human resource organizations leading a national movement to provide the 24 million American workers stuck in low-skill jobs the opportunity to gain the education and training they need to move into higher-skill roles. The UpSkill America network’s collective membership includes hundreds of employers and labor partnerships representing millions of workers across the country.

UpSkill America partners played an integral role in bringing together the diverse group of 150 employers, labor leaders, non-profits, educators and technology innovators at the White House Upskilling Summit today. Together, these organizations are leading the way in providing more workers with stepping stones to advance on a career path and into the middle class.

New upskilling efforts unveiled at the summit include one hundred employers expanding access to apprenticeships and on-the-job training, as well as thirty national and local labor unions and non-profit groups working with employers to expand access to best practice training strategies. The focus of these efforts will center on industries like retail and hospitality and in small businesses that employ millions of low-wage workers. New data and tools for workers and employers were also released, among them:

“Businesses have a vital role to play in expanding the talent pipeline in our country,” said John Colborn, director of the Aspen Institute’s Skills for America’s Future, which is facilitating the work of UpSkill America. “UpSkill America is committed to sharing best practices, providing resources like new data and tools for employers to help enhance their workforce development practices and move the needle on addressing the national workforce skill shortage.”

For more: http://www.upskillamerica.org/press-release-leading-employers-commit-to-boost-worker-education-job-training-to-expand-economic-opportunity-for-24-million-american-frontline-workers/

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