Promoting A Quality Workforce System

Promoting A Quality Workforce System

Between 2017 and 2027, the State estimates it will need to produce a million “middle-skill” industry-valued and recognized postsecondary credentials to foster innovation and to broaden the benefits of its economic growth.

It is critical that public investments in education and training prioritize the delivery of workforce services to high road employers – those who offer jobs with good wages and benefits, support for ongoing skill training and employee advancement, good work conditions (including paid sick days, paid family leave, and paid medical or short-term disability leave), and adequate hours with predictable schedules that enable employees to meet their family caregiving commitments.

To ensure that quality jobs and the rewards to state investment stay in California, WED:

  • Supports training that leads to advancement, wage increases, and transferable skills, and promotes union/employer partnerships (“high-road”) as the best approach to workforce development and union jobs.
  • Connects unions and their signatory employers with state and local agencies responsible for implementing job creation policy in their industries such as health care, manufacturing, and emerging “green” economic activity related to transportation & logistics and construction.
  • Informs unions and their signatory employers about the impacts of policy.
  • Works with unions to develop policy to ensure public training funds align with union-led programs and union jobs.
  • Coordinates regional policy responses with labor federations of the western states and Canada.