2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL ECONOMY: SUPPORT FOR JOB TRAINING AND RETENTION

     WHEREAS, high-skill, well paying jobs are the key to a successful economy and society; and

     WHEREAS, a skilled and well trained work force is necessary to attracting and retaining such jobs; and

     WHEREAS, even among those who complete high school, many American youth are not prepared for work in a high-skill, technologically advanced economy; and

     WHEREAS, many modern industrialized countries in cooperation with manufacturers and other employers subsidize and otherwise promote apprenticeship programs that help train young people for jobs in a high-skill, technologically advanced economy; and

     WHEREAS, many cities have initiated programs that help train young people to meet the job skills needed by employers, with dramatic results; and

     WHEREAS, the United States needs to train its next generation of workers to participate successfully in a 21st Century economy and needs to retain high-skill, well paying jobs; and

     WHEREAS, teen unemployment in the summer of 2003 was at its highest level since 1948; and

     WHEREAS, there are 700,000 fewer positions at U.S. companies and on government payrolls today than there were in November 2001, when the recession was declared to be over; and

     WHEREAS, the exporting of jobs to other countries is being broadly felt across industries, among all skill levels of workers and has negatively impacted local economies across the country; and

     WHEREAS, according to Forrester Research, outsourcing could result in the loss of 3.3 million U.S. jobs by 2017; and

     WHEREAS, several measures have been introduced in Congress aimed at helping workers who lose their jobs to outsourcing,

     NOW, THEREFORE ,BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors calls for a major federal investment, including promulgation of new programs, direct funding, tax credits for employers and other appropriate mechanisms to create apprenticeship programs to train high-school age children and young adults for high-skill, technologically advanced jobs; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the federal government should use tax breaks and other incentives to keep high-skill, well paying manufacturing jobs in the United States; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in any legislation that addresses outsourcing, the United States Conference of Mayors calls on Congress to include provisions to provide resources to local elected officials and their Workforce Investment Boards for training and retraining workers.