A Movement is Born
Imagining a different future for America’s workers and employers.
In the late 1990s, federal policymakers established a new framework for disinvesting in America’s people. Now, programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the Workforce Investment Act would be driven by a single goal: Rapidly moving people into dead-end, low-paying jobs, while gutting opportunities to train for family supporting careers. Leaders in communities across the country had built innovative, effective training strategies, often despite poorly designed public policy.
But when Congress put forward these punitive, destructive restrictions, they had no organized voice in Washington to fight back. And the consequences were devastating for local workers, businesses, and economies. Out of this crisis, National Skills Coalition was born. A group of leaders from business, labor, community organizations, community colleges, and workforce boards came together in 1998 to imagine a different future for America’s workers and local businesses. Together, they began to chart a new national course for investing in people.