DelBene to Kick off August Listening Tour In Monroe On Making the 21st Century Economy Work for all Americans August 11, 2017
Washington Congresswoman Susan DelBene
(MONROE, WA.) -- This month Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) will meet with employers and workers throughout Washington’s First District to discuss ways Congress can update our laws to ensure all Americans succeed in the rapidly changing economy.
DelBene will first meet with employers in Monroe to discuss challenges they face in finding trained workers. The roundtable discussion in Monroe takes place Friday August 11 from 10 am to 11 am at WorkSource Monroe at 17150 West Main St., Suite B.
Also appearing at the event will be Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas, Erin Monroe of Workforce Snohomish and First District employers.
She will then meet with the Washington State Building Trades labor group (10:30 am to 11:30 am, 7543 - 63rd Ave. NE in Seattle) to tour their Pre Apprenticeship Construction Education (PACE) program, which give workers hands-on training for in-demand jobs that pay a living wage.
DelBene successfully added an amendment to the "Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act" (H.R. 2842) – which passed the House – to help people find good-paying jobs in high-demand industries through apprenticeships.
In the 2014 Farm Bill negotiations, DelBene also included $200 million to expand job-training programs for recipients of nutrition assistance. Washington state received $22 million through the pilot program.
“We need a national commitment to addressing the skills gap in this changing economy through federal policies that promote apprenticeships and job-training to meet the needs of our evolving workforce,” DelBene said in a statement. “It’s important to remember that these smart investments not only have an incredible effect on our economy, but also on people’s lives by ensuring they become self-sufficient through specialized training and skills needed to increase their earning potential.”