ERIC Number: ED260195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul-15
Reference Count: 0
The Emergency Jobs Program of 1983: Its Implementation by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Briggs, Vernon M., Jr.
In March 1983, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) received $4 million in Federal funds to establish an emergency jobs program as authorized under the Emergency Jobs Act of 1983. Within 90 days, TVA found employment for 493 persons, and, by the end of June 1984, 1,183 persons had been employed by TVA. Of those employed, 14.9 percent were minorities and 10.2 percent were women. Although the program had originally been intended to give preference to individuals who had exhausted their eligibility for unemployment compensation, it was eventually decided to give the same priority to those persons who were receiving extended unemployment benefits as to those who had exhausted their benefits. Sixty-three percent of those directly hired by TVA were former employees. This policy provided a productivity bonus since those persons had already been trained and were aware of TVA's work and safety rules. Because of the program's emphasis on construction projects and TVA's labor relations policy giving hiring preference to unemployed union members, 89 percent of those persons hired by TVA were union members. The creation of a "sublaborer" job classification and an associated special wage rate enabled more experienced persons to be hired than would have normally been the case. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville.
Authoring Institution: N/A