Do you remember what your job looked like in 1998?
Despite changing technology and workplace environments, the federal legislation that helps provide workforce training hasn’t been updated since then. Especially in a time of economic challenges, job training and higher education can make all the difference for people who find themselves unemployed and in need of skills to move into a more viable career.
AAUW members have been pushing for this reauthorization for years, sending thousands of letters to Congress in support of workforce training that helps women, especially in nontraditional occupations. The AAUW Action Fund Lobby Corps has advocated for the reauthorization as part of their weekly visits to give the AAUW Action Fund a face and a voice on Capitol Hill. All of your work has created this opportunity, and the time for Congress to act is NOW.
A proposal before Congress has bipartisan support in both chambers (how often does that happen these days?), and it is expected to come up for a vote soon.
This legislation, called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), would advance the skills and career opportunities of women and girls. The training and career services under WIOA would help women enter nontraditional careers and find high-wage, high-skill jobs.
AAUW is glad to see that supporting women in nontraditional occupations is a part of the state and local workforce activities included in the bill, that supportive services to help people get to work or care for their families may be more readily available under WIOA, and that the Department of Labor will conduct a study to see how training programs can help end pay inequality.
It’s no longer 1998; it’s 2014. We need updated programs that reflect our changing economy and workforce. Tell Congress to support the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.