After over a year of many areas of the U.S. shutdown due to COVID-19 and millions lost work, the economy and job market is beginning to bounce back as various states allow businesses to reopen.
One organization helping to put Americans back to work is the United Labor Agency. Their President, Dave Megenhardt joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how the Biden administration is helping the country bounce back and what the ULA is doing for job seekers.
Demanding worker-friendly legislation
Megenhardt said it is crucial to pass the PRO Act, echoing many others in the labor community. The legislation is said to provide the most growth for labor law in half a century.
The workforce is on its way back, according to Megenhardt. More people are searching for jobs and more jobs are being filled. However, these workers may have to be retrained as new positions are taking on.
There is funding earmarked for retraining in the PRO Act. This funding can be used in a couple of ways. First, it can be used to retrain workers once they are hired into a new position by a company. Second, the money can be used to preemptively train job seekers for positions they may not have much experience in.
Job openings within the ULA
Megenhardt said the ULA is hiring. They have internal positions open, as well as outside positions, both in which they are actively searching for candidates.
Within the ULA, Megenhardt is looking for people that are excited to help job seekers settle into new careers. While people with a labor movement background typically excel in these positions, they are taking applications and resumes.