U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

Older Workers

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TD

ISSUE DATE

March 9, 1998

RESCISSIONS

 

EXPIRATION DATE

June 30, 1998

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 26-97
 
TO : ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS
 
FROM : DAVID HENSON
Director
Office of Regional Management
 
SUBJECT : National Older Workers Employment Week, 1998

 

  1. Purpose. To announce the National Older Workers Employment Week, March 8-14, 1998.

  2. Background. Americans age 55 and older are one of our Nation's most valuable resources, and their productive and creative potential to American society should be fully utilized. Millions of these Americans actively contribute to our common good through their hard work, experience, and wisdom.

    Because Americans are living longer, healthier lives, our society could be enriched if we could draw even more effectively on the talents of these older Americans. Despite their qualifications, many people 55 and older experience serious difficulty finding work if they lose a job or desire new employment. As a Nation, we are witnessing a dramatic growth of the population of Americans 55 and older that will continue well into the 21st century. This will have profound impact on our workforce and our society.

    Our laws and government agencies are responding to these challenges, offering protections, programs, and services for older workers. Every day millions of older Americans look to the Age Discrimination Act, the Older Americans Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act to secure their basic rights. The Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services are at the fore, helping countless older workers through such efforts as the Senior Community Service Employment Program and programs of the Administration on Aging.

    Older Americans have earned our admiration and respect. They are role models for our Nation and protectors of our most important traditions and values. As we have all observed, older workers are as effective, or more so, than younger workers due to their unique skills, experiences and judgment. Therefore, it is important for, indeed in the self-interest of, employers to recognize and fully utilize this rich resource.

  3. Inquiries. Please contact your ETA Regional Office for further information regarding this National Older Workers Employment Week, 1998.

  4. Attachments. 

    1. A 1998 signed Proclamation by the President of the United States of America for the National Older Workers Employment Week

    2. Older Worker Bulletin 98-7