The next Quarterly Meeting of the Verdugo Workforce Development Board One-Stop Partnership will be at 9:30am on January 13, 2021. Agenda and Minutes are linked here
The next VWDB Executive Committee Meeting which will be held on Wednesday, January 13th at 8:00am. Click here to download agenda and minutes of the last meeting.
As we approach the end of the year, I would like to wish you and your families a happy and restful holiday season. It is my hope that you enjoy a sense of accomplishment in serving as a board member for the Verdugo Workforce Development Board during 2020. Your continued support, guidance, and contributions made it possible for us to receive distinguished recognitions and provide innovative supportive services that have provided relief to our community.
I am excited to share that the State of California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) approved our application to be a High Performing Board. This designation is conferred only to boards in California who have exceeded the application requirements. To achieve this distinction, the VWDB was required to demonstrate in our application that we exceeded all six performance measures for adult programs; exceeded all youth program performance measures; met the expenditure measure which requires us to spend 30% of our funding on training; and included a Business Services Plan that identified workforce, skill gaps, emerging industries, and growth occupations. To demonstrate the difficulty in meeting these high standards, only 39 of the 46 boards in California earned the designation. This is a proud moment for our organization and an encouraging note on which to end the year.
The end of the year provides an opportunity to reflect on challenges and successes, and when I look back on the work of the VWDB and VJC this year, I feel a profound sense of pride and gratitude for our ability to provide needed support for the communities we serve. We watched thousands of workers lose their jobs and apply for unemployment, and witnessed business owners’ confusion and distress over the uncertainty around whether they will be able to open their businesses again. In response, the VWDB and VJC developed innovative methods to provide our services virtually; and we guided members of marginalized groups, including individuals with disabilities and English Language Learners, through our life-changing resources. According to the Employment Development Department, we are one of the few workforce boards to exceed enrollment goals and almost fully expend our COVID-19 emergency grant funds. These results support the VJC’s effectiveness in getting emergency services immediately to the people who need them. To date, hundreds of participants have received supportive services of up to $3,000 per person to assist them in paying for rent, utilities, medical expenses, and other critical living expenses during this difficult time. Throughout, our board members’ support and participation, both during and outside of our scheduled meetings, have kept us moving forward.
With all this said, there is still much work to be done. We are focused on writing our compelling Career Services Application to the State of California, which allows the VJC to continue providing our own career services. We are working on our Four-Year Local Workforce Development Plan and are looking forward to releasing our Youth Services Request for Proposal in early 2021. Your participation in these three activities will ensure their success.
Thank you for your continued commitment to the well-being of our community. –– Judith Velasco, Executive Director Verdugo Workforce Development Board
While renewable energy uptake and solutions continue to grow, many can only generate electricity in the right environmental conditions. For example, solar panels can only capture and convert visible light into renewable energy and must be facing the sun to do so. What is more, solar farms are only built horizontally, never vertically and are often placed on prime arable farmland.
The solution? Invented by 27-year-old Carvey Ehren Maigue from Mapua University in the Philippines, AuREUS System Technology is a material that can be attached to a pre-existing structure or surface. Utilizing the natural scientific principles behind the northern and southern lights, it harvests UV light and convert this into visible light to generate electricity.
Using ultraviolet rays, the sun could be shining, or it could be cloudy: Carvey’s material will still generate electricity. full story here
The companies are backing proposals in other states that would give workers the ability to form unions—but still consider them contractors, not employees.
In November, GIG companies including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart helped pass California’s Proposition 22, effectively writing their own labor law. Now the companies plan to bring similar legislation elsewhere.
Last month, the companies launched a group called the App-Based Work Alliance to support their agenda. Industry-supported bills in the works in New York state and Illinois would, like the California ballot measure, deny gig workers status as employees, and the workers’ compensation, paid family leave, sick pay, unemployment insurance, and minimum wage guarantees that come with it.
But the bills could give gig workers the right to form something resembling a union, allowing workers to bargain with multiple employers to create wage floors and standards. US workers in trucking, auto manufacturing, and grocery stores have participated in types of industry-wide bargaining, though the arrangement is more common in Europe.
The scheme has divided labor advocates. Some labor allies say that allowing gig workers to unionize would give them a much-needed seat at the table, in an industry where work and wages are dictated by algorithm and where access to the “bosses”—the companies that pay their wages—is hard to come by. Gaining the right to collectively bargain, these people say, is a vital first step in making the low-wage, high-turnover job more fair.
Others say that allowing gig companies to continue to treat their workers as independent contractors is a mistake. Legislation giving workers the right to a union without employment status would effectively be a government rubber stamp to gig companies’ business models, “in which the most low-income workers don’t have access to basic safety net benefits,” says Veena Dubal, a professor of labor law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. full story here at Wired
“The first feeling I had was shock, disbelief and hurt,” Vanessa Bain, a worker-organizer with Gig Workers Collective, told TechCrunch. “It didn’t feel good to think that my fellow Californians voted to strip people like myself and my co-workers of our labor rights.. . . . We didn’t have time for more grieving because as soon as it passed, every company signaled they’re looking to expand this model to the national level, which means our organizing needs to adjust accordingly,” Bain said.”
But Prop 22 does not mark the end of the battle of the status of gig workers. Gig workers, lawyers and activists affiliated with Gig Workers Rising, Gig Workers Collective, the National Employment Law Project and the Partnership for Working Families are all gearing up to redouble their efforts in the New Year.
But the same goes for gig companies. Uber and Lyft are ready to take legislation similar to Prop 22 into other parts of the country and the world. So, really, the fight has just begun. In the year ahead, we will likely see lobbying efforts from both gig companies and gig worker organizations alike, as well as more lawsuits. full story here
As employees swap the corporate office for the home office, business leaders are forced to re-examine the business model and strategic priorities.
The pandemic has amplified several trends already prevalent in the workplace: the growth of the dispersed workforce, the proliferation of digital engagement, and the rise of the subscription economy. Together, they are ushering in an era of a rapidly emerging work environment that promotes business agility and growth through a mix of on-site and remote employees, modern digital experiences, and on-demand access to software and solutions.
Flexible work environments will play a more central role moving forward. As one respondent put it, “remote workers are going to be the new norm for our company.” . . . Equally important to business leaders, employees are onboard with more remote work. According to PwC, almost three quarters (72%) of US employees now want to work remotely at least two days per week, with one third (32%) preferring to never go to the office. Similarly, Gallup reported in April 2020 that 60% of Americans would prefer to continue to work remotely once public health restrictions are lifted. full story here
Virtual Engineering Week speakers from Kablooe Design share practical tips for doing great user interface and user experience (UX/UI) in medical device design.
If user interfaces on a consumer electronic are unclear, it results in frustration and wasted time. In medical device design, if user interfaces are unclear, results could be far more serious. During BVirtual Engineering Week, During experts from Kablooe Design, a Coon Rapids, MN-based firm, shared key considerations for designing a medical device user interface (UI) and user experience (UX). Link Here
LAEDC Presents A Zoom Virtual Conference: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 11:00am–12:15pm
The green economy has been gaining traction over the last decade as municipalities and governments worldwide have re-evaluated how they “do business” in respect to the environment. From the Paris (Climate) Agreement to “Green New Deals” that have been adopted to policy platforms, the green economy is shaping the future of local, state, and global economies. Now, nearing a year into this pandemic, the green economy is being positioned as part of the solution to an economic recovery. However, the question still remains, “Is the green economy THE path to recovery?”
We’ll take a look at how the move to a more sustainable and renewable economy and environment is impacting the opportunities of tomorrow. And, address concerns on whether it will be enough as we try to jumpstart economic development in our region. more and register
Under US immigration law, employers must give preference to US workers
Timothy B. Lee- 12/3/2020, for Ars Technica
The United States Department of Justice sued Facebook on Thursday arguing that the social media giant discriminated against US workers by giving preference to Facebook workers on H-1B visas who wanted to transition to permanent jobs at the company.
The H-1B visa program lets foreign workers work at a US company for three years. It can be renewed once. After that, an employer can ask for permission to offer the immigrant a permanent job under the Department of Labor’s PERM certification program. But the employer is supposed to first advertise the job to see if any Americans are available. Only if no qualified Americans apply can the job go to the immigrant.
In its lawsuit, the Justice Department argues that Facebook’s hiring practices made a mockery of these requirements. Most . . . . full story here