Universal Dislocated Worker Program…Finally!

American workers deserve assistance getting back to work.  After all, they got the education or training needed, completed internships, and went to work day in and day out like they were told to.  It is not their fault that other countries’ cheaper exports, due to substandard wages and conditions, are affecting their ability to remain competitive.  And most importantly, they’re not asking for a handout, they’re asking for help to get back on their feet.   After reading President Obama’s proposal to consolidate two major job training programs- The Dislocated Worker program of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program- to ultimately create a “Universal Dislocated Worker Program” that would provide reemployment services, $4,000 training awards, support to pursue training or look for work, as well as wage insurance for older workers, I could not help but think: “What took them so long? And why is something as important as this- something that could clearly help our sagging economy move along- still at the proposal stage.”

The Universal Dislocated Worker Proposal is long time over due and has so many well thought out solutions to our economic crises.  Every aspect of the proposal screams improvement.  This proposal includes efficiencies and considerations that are certain to improve the current two pronged inefficient, and industry-partial process.  With this proposal, it is clear that the unemployment situation is finally getting the attention it deserves, but it is a shame that so many of our unemployed have had to endure great hardships before this administration decided to give such an important issue the time and attention it needed. Economic improvement at any point is good, but we need Congress to understand that this proposal needs to be EXPEDITED.  We need this now!

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