ERIC Number: ED465046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Low Wage Workers in Today's Economy: Strategies for Productivity and Opportunity. Draft Policy Statement.
Jobs for the Future, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
In the United States today, too many hardworking people are unable to earn enough through work to support their families. Policymakers can help change this situation by taking the following steps: (1) keep work central; (2) promote family-supporting work; (3) invest in education and work skills; (4) make it easier for individuals to stay employed and advance; (5) make it easier for employers to hire, train, and support low-skill, low-wage workers; (6) and promote public and private sector policies in education, economic development, and workforce development that help low-wage workers become more productive and help the employers who hire them improve the quality of available jobs. Congress should take the following actions to increase economic opportunities for low-wage workers: (1) reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program in ways that promote labor market advancement; (2) strengthen the emerging workforce development system; (3) reform Unemployment Insurance to increase access and coverage for low-wage workers; (4) make it easier for those who are already working to gain postsecondary credentials; (5) provide employers with incentives to train and support low-wage workers; (6) structure individual tax relief to reward work and help low-income families; and (7) encourage employers to raise entry-level wages. (MN)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employment Opportunities, Employment Practices, Employment Problems, Entry Workers, Federal Legislation, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Legislation, Labor Market, Low Income Groups, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Promotion (Occupational), Public Policy, Salary Wage Differentials, Tax Credits, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance, Welfare Reform, Working Poor
For full text: http://www.jff.org/pdfs%20and%20downloads/Low%20Wage%20Policy%20D raft.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families