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Job Training Regulations Win: Full Employment Caucus Signs On

Posted by: Gordon on 6/4/2014
In January, U.S. Rep. John Conyers and 7 other Congress members created the Full Employment Caucus, with the goal of creating more than 24 million jobs in order to to end the unacceptably high rate of unemployment and underemployment in the United States.

Yesterday the Caucus, now 30 members strong, sent an open letter to Pres. Obama asking him to "ensure that America's prosperity is inclusive of women and minorities" by updating three sets of federal regulations along lines Gamaliel has been advocating since last year: 

  • Update hiring goals for contractors and subcontractors on federally funded projects -- the last time these numbers were updated was in 1980. 
  • Revise federal apprenticeship regulations with particular attenetion to opening up this pathway to employement for women and people of color 
  • Strengthen the language in HUD Section 3 workforce regulations to help more residents in communities of color get access to work on improving public-housing developments when such work is contracted. 
"We say thank you to the 30 members of the Full Employment Caucus to alert Pres. Obama to the need to update these regulations," said Ana Garcia-Ashley, executive director. "This is a fix the president can do right now, with the power of the pen, to improve employment outlook for our people."

Read the sign on letter
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