Allies sign on to update regs

Posted by: Gordon on 6/18/2014
Ana, Secretary Perez, Rev Bigsby

top, Ana Garcia-Ashley, Sec. Perez, Rev. Bigsby; bottom, getting petition-signers on the rooftop at the Labor Department Tuesday  

Advanced Leadership Training participants took advantage of an opportunity Tuesday.

Invited to celebrate and network with leaders from the U.S. Department of Labor and allies Tuesday evening, Irma Wallace of Faith Coalition for the Common Good and board member and South Suburban Action Conference leader Rev. David Bigsby signed up more than 50 supporters of our petition asking President Obama to update federal contracting and job training regulations.

Since 2013 Gamaliel has advocated for changes to three important sets of workforce regulations that focus on getting low-income people of color and women into good-paying jobs including updates to federal construction contract policy -- that have not been revised since 1980 – on how many women and people of color should be present on job sites funded by federal dollars. Apprenticeship regulations and HUD Section 3 are the other two types of regulations the group wants to see updated.

The attention followed last week's sign-on letter by the 30 members of Congress' Full Employment Caucus to President Obama.

Also at the ALT, on transportation and jobs, guest speakers and allies included U.S. Department of Transportation Acting Under Secretary for Policy Peter Rogoff, Jeff Rosenberg of Amalgamated Transit Union and several ATU staff and James Corless of Transportation for America among others. Other leaders focused on criminal justice, education, and immigration reform.
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