Job Quality Learning Reports
This month we released a new series of learning reports focused on job quality in the National Fund network. Between 2017 and 2019, the National Fund network launched job quality initiatives in 11 communities. The series documents the learning from these initiatives and highlights some of the common characteristics and themes necessary for successful job quality intervention.
On August 13 we recognize Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Why August 13? Because that’s the date in the year when Black women earn what White men made in the previous year! In fact over a 40-year career, Black women lose almost $1 million to the wage gap. We can’t achieve gender equity without racial equity and must work to remove barriers and dismantle systems of oppression holding back women of color, things like occupational segregation, low pay, health and education inequities.
As a result of occupational segregation, Black women are more likely to be essential workers who can’t stay home during the pandemic and more likely to have lost their jobs due to the related economic shutdown. On top of those disparities, almost 40% of Black workers don’t have paid sick leave. When they get sick, or a family member gets sick, and they have to stay home, they lose wages and might even lose their job. In a pandemic, that’s a major crisis.
Across the National Fund network, our communities are testing strategies to help recover, respond, and redesign our post-COVID economy around better jobs, more equity, and improved systems. From San Francisco to New Orleans to Mobile to Newark, our network is leading the way for better outcomes for workers, employers, and communities.
Strategies to Integrate Racial Equity and Inclusion in COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond
Healthcare has a history of inequitable practices that impact both low-wage workers and patients. As we grapple with the strain of a global pandemic, examining and rectifying institutional racism within the healthcare system is an urgent, albeit daunting, undertaking. On August 19, CareerSTAT leaders in Chicago discussed how they are collaborating together and leveraging workforce development strategies to improve racial equity and inclusion regionally and within their respective organizations.
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Job Quality Is More Important Than Ever – Janice Urbanik
Good Jobs in Wisconsin Rapids: Mariani Packing Company – Caroline Corona
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News From the Field
SkillWorks: Partners for a Productive Workforce, our collaborative in Boston has selected Andre Green as its newest executive director. Andre comes to the position with many years of experience in education, economic justice, and workforce development. Learn more here.
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