[Libs-Or] Great action on the Workforce Investment Act, finally!

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Fri May 23 12:08:02 PDT 2014


Great action on the Workforce Investment Act, finally!
Posted on May 23, 2014 by Emily Sheketoff

The House and Senate have drafted a bill on workforce
which acknowledges the work libraries do to help the public gain important
employment skills and find jobs—and the legislation allows libraries to be
paid for these efforts.

Over many years, our congressional library champions have
with ALA members to include language that would include libraries in
the funding for employment help in any workforce legislation. Senator Jack
Reed (D-RI) and Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) introduced the Workforce
Investment in Local Libraries
amendment<http://www.districtdispatch.org/tag/will-act/>to re-enforce
the idea that libraries were helping the public find work and
their efforts needed to be part of any Workforce bill moving forward.
Thanks to their continuous work, libraries are part of this

We hope the Senate will take up this House-Senate WIA Agreement for a vote
in mid-to-late June, then it would move to the House. Sign
up<http://ala.org/takeaction>for our Legislative Action Center for
advocacy opportunities to help push
this legislation forward.


*Diedre Conkling*

*Lincoln County Library DistrictP.O. Box 2027Newport, OR 97365Phone & Fax:
541-265-3066Work email**:
**diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
*Home email: **diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>

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