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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Children & Families
Michigan should enact an earned sick leave law. An earned sick leave law in Michigan would require most employers to bank sick time for their workers based on the number of hours they have worked. This would help low-paid workers keep their jobs, increase productivity and reduce employee...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
For more than five years, Michigan has had the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest. Despite this, Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) system compares very poorly with other Midwestern states in helping jobless workers as they look for work; this is due partly to its failure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
The Detroit Regional Workforce Fund’s efforts to connect low and moderate-income persons to career pathways is inhibited by the skills gap. As a result, the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund is pursuing several key policy and capacity-building efforts focused on increasing adult educational...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
For more than five years, Michigan has had the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest. Despite this, Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) system compares very poorly with other Midwestern states in helping jobless workers as they look for work; this is due partly to its failure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) was an offer by the State of Michigan from 2007-2010 of free tuition to low income and unemployed workers willing to go back to school and earn a market-relevant degree or credential. This study explored the experiences of those who enrolled in NWLB, seeking...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Kansas
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
This report focuses on an association of city and county governments and metropolitan planning organizations which collaborate to identify new training needs of Kansas City area businesses attempting to adapt to sustainable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. Key findings...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) High Growth and Emerging Industry Sectors grant program from 2009 to 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor funded 152 grantees across the country to train unemployed and dislocated workers in emerging and growing sectors...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Michigan’s economy is transforming to one that demands new skills, knowledge, and credentials, especially post-secondary education. However, there are fewer adults able to meet this growing need; in fact, one out of three working-age Michigan adults lacks the basic skills or credentials...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Business and education communities share an understanding of the type, level, and quantity of skills and credentials needed by the workforce. However, community colleges often struggle to engage employers effectively. This report outlines strategies community colleges can take to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Los Deliveristas Unidos
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Health, Data & Technology
This report contains the findings from a participatory action research project that examined the working and living conditions of delivery workers engaged by digital platforms (also known as apps) to deliver restaurant food orders to consumers in New York City. Findings show that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
The Detroit Economic Mobility Grant Initiative, a 10-grant Detroit pilot program operating from mid-2018 through 2020, has demonstrated that adult education and occupational training programs can work together to substantially improve learner results by accelerating instruction and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Education
Nearly half of working age Detroiters do not have the essential foundational skills necessary to get a job or succeed in a career. At the same time, the need for strong foundational skills is growing. Detroit’s emerging economic comeback means that the number of jobs is growing, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of America’s population, though many lack the necessary skills and education to meet the demands of industry and earn family sustaining wages. This report provides recommendations that can be taken in order to bridge the skills gap. These recommendations...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source International Labour Organization
Policy Areas Economic Justice
With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, large portions of the world’s workforce shifted to homeworking, joining hundreds of millions of other workers who had already been working from home for decades. Given the continued struggle to improve the rights and working conditions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
Government contractors are incentivized to cut corners to show that they are a “cheaper” alternative to non-contracted works, often resulting in deception and lack of transparency that harms workers, the public, and the environment, while leading to cost overruns. Public officials...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Traditionally, employers, workers and students have used academic degrees and diplomas as a proxy for the skills and knowledge needed to perform on the job. There is growing interest in the use of competency-based credentials to complement this approach; however, the current “market”...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Maryland
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Maryland is taking bold steps to increase the number of workers who possess a post-secondary education credential. In particular, Skills2Compete Maryland (S2C Maryland) is a campaign aimed at increasing post-secondary success to strengthen the skills of Maryland’s workforce. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
The Midwest accounts for nearly one-fourth of all industrial energy usage in the U.S., including nearly half of all industrial coal consumption; however, only 10 percent of Midwestern industrial facilities are upgrading their equipment to improve productivity. In 2011 the Midwestern...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Community Development, Education
State policymakers consistently neglect adequately funding adult education, making it less accessible for low-skilled workers who want to build their skills, become financially self-sufficient and contribute to Michigan’s economy. Adult education is the key to preparing these workers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Increased global competition has led to declines in the American manufacturing sector, requiring U.S. workers to possess stronger skills and broader competencies in order to succeed in the current job market; in particular, postsecondary education or technical training is fundamental...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
In spite of overwhelming odds, some immigrants with minimal academic credentials are finding their way to college, entering post-secondary programs and earning credentials that provide them with the skills required to get and keep good jobs. They are doing so with the assistance of...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
As Detroit has been met with a surge in economic growth, closing the critical skill gaps for Detroiters and attracting jobs to the city that fit entry-level skills sets are key to achieving shared economic prosperity. This report stresses the need for well aligned on-ramps to help...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level County
State(s) All States
Source International Labour Organization
Policy Areas Community Development
This report looks at the potential for collaboration between employer and business membership organizations (EBMOs) and workers’ organizations in crises arising from conflicts and disasters. By zooming in on a variety of country contexts, it explores initiatives and policies that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Massachusetts, Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Although the manufacturing industry is experiencing a resurgence, employers within the sector are reporting that they face a skilled worker shortage. A strategy to improve the basic and technical skills of young workers could create real career pathways for opportunity youth and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Incomes, job security, and economic growth increasingly depend on postsecondary credentials with value in the labor market. While a vast number of adults in the labor market engage in noncredit occupational education and training, without common metrics or quality assurance mechanisms,...

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