FEDERAL LEGISLATION & POLICY
CWA maintains a robust presence in Washington D.C., and works with other state and national partners to ensure that workforce development issues are at the forefront of appropriations discussions. We also maintain communications with the Department of Labor, Congress, and the Administration to ensure that legislation and policy that comes from D.C. has the effect of building up the workforce system, ensuring that local and state flexibility are maintained in the operation of the program, and that good outcomes are developed for the businesses and communities that local workforce boards serve.
Yesterday the CWA supported “Relaunching Americans Workforce Act” (RAWA), was reintroduced this by Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee Bobby Scott (D VA-3) along with Representatives Andy Levin (D MI-9), Suzanne Bonamici (D OR-1) and co-led in the Senate by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA).
RAWA intends to provide both immediate and long term supports to the U.S. workforce. The proposed funding structure in the legislation mirrors The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the stimulus bill passed in 2009 to address The Great Recession.
CWA is launching a full-court press advocacy campaign in support of RAWA, and need your help to let congress know that this legislation is needed now more than ever. By clicking on this LINK you can download a letter to send to Congress and let them know how important this legislation would be to your local area. Please send a signed and completed version of this letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be distributing these to House leadership.
This Act increases flexibility and funding so more funding can be used for training, supportive services, and career services. RAWA includes critical provisions such as:
- $500 million for National Dislocated Worker Grants
- $2.5 billion for State Dislocated Worker Grants
- $2.5 billion for Youth Workforce Investment Activities
- $2.5 billion for Adult Education and Training Activities
- $1 billion for Wagner- Peyser/Employment Services
- $500 million for JobCorps
- $150 million for Native American Programs
- $150 million for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers
- $250 million for YouthBuild
- $350 million for Reentry Employment Opportunities
- $500 million for Registered Apprenticeships
- $1 billion for Adult Education and Literacy
- $2 billion for Community College and Industry Partnership Grants (TAACCCT Grants)
Additionally, flexibility is provided in:
- Increased eligibility for service compared to what was offered in the CARES Act, ensuring that all individuals in need of WIOA services are able to access them.
- Expanding eligibility so anyone can access individualized career services (This eligibility extends to all in the labor force, including the “gig” or independent contract worker.)
- Expanding the allowable amount of funds used on incumbent workers to 40%.
- Making allowable 40% of funds for transitional jobs, including public sector jobs.
- Allowing 75% of employee wages eligible to be reimbursed for on the job training.
- Allowing for an additional 10% of allocated funds for governor’s reserve to be used for COVID-19 response.
- Requiring states to deliver a COVID-19 recovery plan within 60 days of funds being distributed.
- Requing that at least 50% of dislocated worker grants to be distributed in 60 days.
- Making allowable 1/3 of adult education funds to be used on incumbent worker training and employer supports.
- Native American Grants expanded eligibility to individuals at up to 150% of poverty line.
- No funds for this act may be used for IRAPs or SREs.
A section by section summary of the bill can be found here.
Apprenticeship Program Wins
The first apprenticeship program offered at Sacramento State, where participants earn a professional certificate, a promotion and a pay raise, has won a prestigious award and a congratulatory message from Sacramento’s mayor.