Job Quality Toolkit: Recruit and Retain Great Workers

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The Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor have partnered with about 60 industry representatives to develop the Job Quality Toolkit to help businesses recruit and retain workers in this ever changing work environment. “The toolkit is derived from the globally emulated Baldrige Excellence Framework and incorporates insights from numerous job quality experts. The toolkit describes […]

New Workforce Development Act Introduced


Workforce Development Earlier this month, Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH-14) and Shontel Brown (D-OH-11) introduced the Commission on the American Workforce Act—H.R. 8784. This bipartisan bill would create a commission comprised of leading experts across industry, public services, labor, and community organizations to develop an understanding of how existing labor shortages developed and what policymakers can do to […]

ABMA Tackles Softwood Lumber Agreement Strategy

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On Thursday, April 28th, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional briefing from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, specifically detailing the revival of Build Back Better (BBB) and the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Taskforce. Afterwards, ABMA Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Coordinator Julianna Rauf updated the committee on ABMA Advocacy Week and upcoming events. Lastly, new business took place among ABMA Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Kirk Ives and ABMA Legislative Committee Member Sara Belletete.

Still No Path Forward on BBB


President Biden’s signature legislation remains stalled in the U.S. Senate with no clear path forward in the foreseeable future. The House-passed measure lacks the 50 votes necessary to clear the upper chamber under budget reconciliation rules. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has been the most outspoken Democrat opposing the comprehensive bill, asserting that spending in the package would further drive up inflation, among other things. Those concerns were amplified this week when the Bureau of Labor Statistics released inflation data Wednesday showing that the consumer price index hit a four decade high of 7 percent in December compared to a year ago.

Curtis Lumber Hosts Rep. Stefanik

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On Tuesday, December 14, Curtis Lumber of Ballston Spa, NY hosted Representative Elise Stefanik (NY District 21) in its corporate office for a private legislative event. At the event, Rep. Stefanik introduced the proposed Employer Directed Skills Act which will “empower job creators to determine the skills their workforce needs, streamline the process for workers to access skills development, and leverage private sector investments to make employers a stakeholder in the reskilling process.”