Proposed Federal Rule Change Would Negatively Impact Veterans, Refugee/Immigrant Services, Career Seekers, and Area Businesses

HILLSDALE, JACKSON, LENAWEE, LIVINGSTON AND WASHTENAW, MI – The United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (USDOL) has proposed a Wagner-Peyser Staffing Act Rule that would have catastrophic consequences for our state’s businesses and talent.  This includes local veterans, refugee and immigrant services, career seekers and businesses that currently rely on our services.

The impact this proposed rule change would have on Michigan Residents includes;

  • Reduction of services to Veterans
  • Elimination or reduction of Refugee and Immigrant Navigator Services
  • Elimination or reduction of Clean Slate (Expungement) Services
  • Massive Reduction of Career Awareness Events for High School Students

The impact this proposed rule change would have on Businesses includes;

  • A reduction of Going PRO Talent Fund training, on-the-job training opportunities, apprenticeship programs and other services for employers, while employer services would be totally eliminated
  • 100% of MWAs would be forced to reduce the number of job fairs, while more than half of those MWAs would reduce job fairs by at least 50%

“The proposed federal rule change isn’t something that should be taken lightly, and will negatively impact the communities we serve,” said Shamar Herron, Executive Director, Michigan Works! Southeast.  “You are talking about services that help local families take the next step towards a better future for themselves or their families,” said Herron.  “We need you to take action.  We need your voice to be heard!  We have until June 21st, 2022 to provide public comment to the USDOL and demonstrate your opposition to this proposed rule change,” said Herron.

You can help by making your voice heard!

  • Ensure your opposition is heard to this proposed rule change by Clicking here.
    • This link will close today, June 14, 2022 at 5pm.
  • Submit a public comment to the proposed ruleWe encourage you to customize your comment and share your experience with them through this link.  Last date to comment is June 21, 2022.
    • Click here to gain access to statements that may help you craft your comments.
  • Share this message with your colleagues and encourage them to make their voice heard!

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Michigan Works! Southeast connects employers and job seekers to a better future in Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, and Washtenaw Counties as part of a statewide Michigan Works! system.