Press Release

AFT’s Weingarten Says Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Extends Ladder of Opportunity to More Workers

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)

WASHINGTON— Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the announcement of the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:

"This bill extends the ladder of opportunity to more workers—especially young people, the disabled, the long-term unemployed and those barely getting by on low-wage jobs—by providing the skills and training needed to compete for 21st-century jobs.

"Our public schools need to be grounded in ensuring kids can build relationships, think critically, problem solve and show persistence, but that can't end once they leave the classroom. Programs like those in this bill help continue that path forward; bring together government, employers and workers; and help create the good jobs our communities and our families so desperately need.

"This economic recovery has left too many Americans behind. The American people expect Congress to continue to break through the usual partisan rancor to create jobs, grow our economy and create opportunity."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.