Workforce Development for an Equitable Recovery
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) devotes significant new resources to helping California recover, but we need to do better than rebuilding our unequal, pre-COVID status quo. We must make a stronger, more inclusive investment in training workers for good, union jobs, and ensuring that workers have the information and training necessary to stand up for their rights at work, from fair wages to health and safety:
$100 million per year from 2021-2024 for workforce development through high road training partnerships focused on excluded and marginalized workers: workers of color, immigrant workers, and women.
$50 million per year from 2021-2024 for workforce development through training that empowers workers to know their rights and enforce them.
Minimum workforce accountability standards for receipt of any ARP funds.