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JOBS, EDUCATION
AND THE WORKFORCE
Federal Minimum
Hourly Wage Rate
Adjustment

Public Education: The Future of Our Cities
Expanding Quality After-School and
Out-of-School Time Programs

Effective Transition to
and Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998
Youth Activities in the Workforce Investment Act
Welfare-to-Work
Welfare Reform: Reinvesting State Welfare Savings and Greater Coolaboration
Accreditation of
Childcare, Early Education
and School Aged Care
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Publicly-Funded, Transitional Jobs for the Hard-to-Employ

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JOBS, EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE

EFFECTIVE TRANSITION TO AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT OF 1998

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has had strong policy supporting systemic change in our country’s workforce development system for the last eight years; and

WHEREAS, an efficient, effective and comprehensive workforce development system is essential to the employment opportunities of those who live in our nation’s cities and is locally designed market-driven, and responsive to employer needs; and

WHEREAS, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 on August 7, supported by The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which creates a national network of locally driven workforce investment systems, provides a meaningful role for the mayor or chief elected official, ensures funding of the $250 million Youth Opportunity Grants program, temporarily retains the JTPA population threshold of 200,000 as under current law, to the extent feasible; and

WHEREAS, while the Workforce Investment Act provides a meaningful role for the mayor or chief local elected official, new flexibility and opportunities for collaboration, it is not as far reaching as originally intended in terms of creating a consolidated workforce development system at the federal level; and

WHEREAS, The Workforce Investment Act contains activities such as preparation of the workforce, the delivery of training and education services leading to self-sufficiency, career planning, life-long learning, keeping businesses competitive, local economic development strategies; and

WHEREAS, the Act recognizes that chief local elected officials and their appointed local workforce investment boards are responsible for creating a system that responds to local labor markets, local employers and residents, and local economic development strategies; and

WHEREAS, under the Workforce Investment Act, mayors or chief local elected officials and their local workforce investment boards are charged with designing and building a revised system that is universally accessible through the one-stop system and therefore needs to be funded and to have a funding structure to support the creation, implementation and maintenance of this infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, The U. S. Conference of Mayors recognizes that in order to meet the needs of employers and maintain credibility with the business community, there needs to be leverage to work with business and investment in job growth areas; and

WHEREAS, Congress intended that effective delivery of workforce development services under the Act requires collaboration, consultation and negotiation between state and local governments; and

WHEREAS, the initial success of the implementation of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 is dependent upon the degree of integration of resources and services of all the workforce development related activities in each state through the local workforce board system; and

WHEREAS, the first year of implementation of the Workforce Investment Act will involve the establishment of many new services and procedures mandated by the Act; and

WHEREAS, Congress intended to create a flexible, evolving system where long-term effectiveness and customer satisfaction will indicate the success of the system; and

WHEREAS, in preparing citizens for employment and employment upgrade, many services are driven by the needs of the business community, and as a major focus in the workforce development system, the business community must participate in and understand the measures of success of the system; and

WHEREAS, although comprehensive standards and performance measures in all workforce development efforts are necessary, performance data must be compared in a consistent, equitable manner to present an accurate and meaningful picture of system quality and results,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the first year of the implementation of the Workforce Investment Act should be viewed as a continuation of the transition period to a comprehensive workforce development system that will evolve according to lessons learned during implementation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports broad parameters for standardized, comprehensive, easily understood and easily comparable performance measures to indicate the success of the workforce development system; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that there should be one set of data elements for measuring the system and broad parameters for measuring performance across the entire system of nationally networked, statewide local workforce investment systems; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in the Interim Final Regulations and the subsequent Final Regulations promulgated under the Act, wherever authority is not assigned explicitly to a particular party, the U.S. Department of Labor should reinforce Congress’ intent that state and local levels negotiate as equal partners in the workforce development system; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in order to build the necessary infrastructure for a workforce development system and have leverage to work with the business community and maintain focus on the most-in-need customers within the infinite service demand of the universal system, sufficient resources and flexible funding must be provided; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that funding must be maintained at least at current levels for all activities for economically disadvantaged adults, dislocated workers, and all youth including the Summer Youth Employment Program, since the $250 million Youth Opportunity Grants Program is targeted primarily to empowerment zones (EZ) and enterprise communities (EC), and there must be resources invested to serve the universal community; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that local flexibility, especially the design of the integration of various systems, must be maintained; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that leadership is required at the federal and state level to establish and promote the collaboration, partnerships and resource investment required for building and maintaining an effective One-Stop system.

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