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

CLASSIFICATION

MSFWs

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TD

ISSUE DATE

March 16, 1998

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 27-97
 
TO : ALL STATE JPTA 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 : One-Stop Service to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

 

  1. Purpose. To provide workforce development staff with information necessary to encourage the formation and growth of collaborative endeavors that will improve the delivery of Employment and Training Administration (ETA) funded services to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFWs) through the One-Stop Career Center System.

  2. Overview. This is one in a series of directives focused on the delivery of employment and training services to specific customer populations. On April 28, 1997, ETA issued Training and Employment Information Notice (TEIN) 17-96 to address services to persons with disabilities. On July, 23, 1997, ETA issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 1-97 to provide guidance regarding ETA's role in implementing the new welfare legislation of 1996. These directives are designed to assist States in meeting the challenges of providing quality services to a wide range of specific customer populations.

    The One-Stop Systems, in accordance with the principle of "Universality", are committed to providing all populations with equal access to an array of services, which include customer-oriented information on careers, the labor market, jobs, education and training opportunities. The challenge to the One-Stop systems is to manage service delivery systems that ensure all customers equitable access to the full range of services available through the One-Stop Career Centers.

  3. Background. It has long been acknowledged that MSFWs encounter significant barriers to completing basic educational objectives and to finding sustainable employment that meets the economic needs of raising their families. These barriers include problems of access to education and transportation, of understanding the English language, and of exposure to workplace hazards. ETA is committed to helping MSFWs overcome these barriers by maintaining a workforce development portion of the national strategy that addresses MSFW's employment and training needs. One part of ETA's strategy is the JTPA Section 402 program that dates back to 1964 when its forerunner was established under the Economic Opportunity Act.

    A second part of the strategy is carried out by the United States Employment Service (USES) which has been providing Wagner-Peyser (W-P) Act services to MSFWs since its inception. The W-P Act efforts were strengthened on June 10, 1980, when the Department of Labor (DOL) published regulations at 20 CFR part 653 which affirm that all available W-P Act services, such as job search assistance, counseling, testing, and referral services, are to be provided to MSFWs equitably, and to an extent that is comparable to that which the W-P Act service provider delivers services to its other customer groups.

  4. ETA Programs Serving MSFWs. ETA funds a variety of programs that provide services to MSFWs. An understanding of the services provided to MSFWs by each of these programs may be useful for program operators seeking to improve the delivery of resources to MSFWs. A brief description of services follows.

  5. Integration of MSFW programs into the One-Stop Career Center System. In the past few years, the employment and training system has undergone a major restructuring at the State and local levels around the vision of the One-Stop service delivery concept. The expanded framework of the One-Stop system serves as an organizing vehicle for transforming job seeker accessibility to public employment and training opportunities by sorting through the confusing array of programs and systems. Each State's restructuring experience is unique and offers to others the benefits of its lessons and experiences. For further information, refer to Attachment V listing the One-Stop State Leads.

    To continue the advancement of ETA's commitment to serving MSFWs and to facilitate the integration of MSFW program services into the One-Stop Career Center System, ETA National Office representatives from the One-Stop/Labor Market Information Office, JTPA Section 402, USES, and the National Rural Development Council have established a work group to examine ways to improve services to MSFWs. The Regional MAs also have formed a work group to identify MSFW One-Stop service issues and coordinate MA recommendations with the national work group on transitioning MSFW customers into the One-Stop system. ETA's Office of National Programs issued a Bulletin to all Section 402 grantees encouraging their participation in the development of the One-Stop Career Center System in their States. A copy of that Bulletin is attached.

    A vital component of the integration strategy is the development of opportunities for information exchange between partners serving MSFWs. This process will continue to take place through a variety of forums. Some examples of effective collaboration One-Stops have developed with Section 402 grantees and State Rural Development Councils, as identified through these information exchanges, are presented in Attachment VII. As we continue to identify other examples of such collaboration, we will seek a means to share them with all appropriate partners.

  6. Action. 

  7. Inquiries. Direct all inquiries to the appropriate ETA Regional Office.

  8. Attachments. 

    1. List of Section JTPA Section 402 Grantees

    2. List of W-P Act--identified significant offices

    3. List of Monitor Advocates

    4. List of State Rural Development Councils

    5. List of One-Stop State Leads

    6. Directive to JTPA Section 402 grantees regarding the One-Stop System

    7. Examples of One-Stop/402 and One-Stop/SRDC collaboration