Biden Administration Wants Good Jobs and Visiting Swing States

Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su is hitting the road and wants good jobs to follow.

Su brings the Ministry of Labor’s “Good Employment Principles” – a national framework for better working conditions and jobs – across the country. And she’s visiting several states that could prove crucial in the 2024 elections, with her first stop planned in Phoenix. Other stops include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Michigan.

“A good job is one that not only pays family-sustaining wages and benefits, but also where workers have a voice, where every worker goes home healthy and safe every day, and where families can get – in the president’s words, “some leeway,” Su told BI. “Throughout this national summer tour, I will highlight the work that the Ministry of Labor has done with. community partners on the ground to help ensure that every job is good quality and that every worker feels the commitment this administration has made to fight for them.”

The tour comes as the Biden administration faces a persistent disconnect between economic reality and perceptions. As the job market booms and wages continue to rise, many Americans have felt continually gloomy about their economic prospects over the past few years – what some have called the vibecession.

But the job market emerged as a bright spot and strengthened Americans’ perceptions of the economy in the latest reading of the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index.

“The Biden administration has made improving job quality for this country’s workers a priority – and we are seeing those efforts pay off,” Su said.

As part of the tour kickoff, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego will also announce the city’s commitment to Good Jobs Principles. When city officials sign on to the initiative, they commit to following the framework as they seek federal funding for different types of projects.

This is the DOL’s latest attempt to promote the idea of ​​”good jobs” and make them more widespread. Part of Su’s guiding principles is to fill the economy with jobs that provide workers with security, stability, good wages and benefits. The Good Jobs Principles framework outlines eight characteristics of what makes a good job: This includes hiring and recruiting from underrepresented backgrounds and removing unnecessary education or credential requirements – a major obstacle for many workers. It also includes better wages, benefits, job security and access.

“It’s not enough just to have created these jobs when a lot of people can’t access them. So we need to build equity into how we create these jobs,” said Teresa Acuna, senior policy advisor and director assistant. of the Good Jobs Initiative, said. This could mean everything from training to a transportation voucher to childcare.

“That means looking more holistically at some of the barriers workers face and explaining why we have a high overrepresentation of people in certain types of jobs compared to others,” she said.

The tour stops are cities and communities already actively working with the Good Jobs Initiative, as workers receive training and get to work.

“We don’t parachute,” Acuna said. “These are places where we have relationships and we’re probably going to come back to them several times over the next few months, but the tour is a snapshot of what a lot of this work has already been done. And it’s pretty exciting to us.”

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