Member Briefing

Relaunching America's Workforce

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 Time: 12:15 PM Location: Via Microsoft Teams


The Committee on Education and Labor held a virtual briefing to discuss rebuilding America’s public workforce system as the nation endures a deep recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public workforce system funds job training and career navigation support, wraparound services, and helps employers avoid layoffs through supporting the financing of on-the-job training and incumbent worker training. The panelists and Members discussed how our chronically underfunded public workforce system needs robust investment in order to survive the nation’s historic economic downturn.  

The briefing featured Yvette Chocolaad, Policy Director at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), and Nicole Sherard-Freeman, City of Detroit’s Executive Director of Workforce Development and Detroit at Work in 2019.   

On May 1, House and Senate Democrats introduced the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act, which authorizes $15 billion in funding to help workers sharpen their skills and quickly re-enter the workforce as the economy emerges from the deepest decline since the Great Depression.