Unions and coalitions face a unique opportunity to help their constituents and advance their causes through direct, proactive engagement with the federal government, state and local governments, and public-private partnerships. Opportunities include:
- Grants for training, research and other activities that help advance the administration’s economic agenda
- Recognition through certification and accreditation programs that address the new accountability in the regulatory environment and can help establish quality standards
- Innovative partnerships with government agencies and private sector entities
- Defense and optimization in specific sectors in which designated funding can be more appropriately and advantageously applied.
President Obama came to office with labor’s support and has maintained a commitment to a resurgent middle class. The administration has engaged on overarching issues such as universal healthcare, immigration and trade. However, the pressing issue for individual workers and their organizations is keeping good jobs.