January 28, 2020
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to promote education and training for workers in high-demand industries, including expanding all-important registered apprentice programs. The Working On Rewarding and Keeping Employees Resilient (WORKER) Act will ensure employees are prepared for and have access to well-paid skilled jobs throughout Alabama and the nation.
“As our economy continues to evolve, we must prepare students at an early age for the jobs of the future while also supporting workers who have been displaced due to automation. This comprehensive legislation invests in the skills needed in Alabamians to keep up with 21st century workforce demands,” said Senator Jones, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
The WORKER Act will:
This is the latest effort led by Senator Jones to stand up for and support workers in Alabama and across the country. Last year, he introduced a bill to increase federal investments in workforce development and training to prepare workers for jobs of the future, and he has also supported legislation to protect worker pensions and end the gender pay gap. In 2018, Senator Jones worked with Democratic and Republican colleagues to successfully reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides $1.2 billion in federal support for career and technical education in high schools and community colleges around the country.