Stop employment services privatization

Posted Oct. 4, 2019 by

OCSEA and AFSCME are encouraging all members, particularly those who would be impacted in Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services, to contact their representatives in Congress NOW and ask that they support Congressional action to prevent the privatization of Employment Service.

The employment services work that OCSEA members do in ODJFS is important work! These essential state services get Ohioans the training and job skills they need to get back to work and keep the economy growing for all. This includes much needed services to our veterans returning to work.

But these essential services could be upended as the U.S. Dept. of Labor is proposing (AGAIN) to revise the operations of State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) funded through the Wagner-Peyser Act. The harmful proposal removes the state employee “merit staffing” requirement of the Employment Service (ES) and would open the door widely for privatization and the erosion of job-seeker services. These services are provided by ODJFS federally-funded employment services staff (our brothers and sisters) right here in Ohio.

This dangerous proposal would eliminate good Ohio jobs and contract out employment services for less pay and inferior benefits; reduce services for Ohio’s unemployed workers and weaken connections for those job-seekers; result in an inferior employment services system; and open the door for the privatization of all other federally-funded programs.

TAKE ACTION NOW by writing to your member of Congress.