Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 3, Number 1
For the week ending December 26, 2003
(For Internal Use Only)
Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events
January 26-30 -
Annual West Regional Native American Employment and Training Conference, Reno/Sparks, NV
Contact: Athena Brown (202-693-373; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trust Fund Loans
Outstanding Loans from the Federal Unemployment Account. Minnesota, New York, Missouri, and Illinois have outstanding loans from the Federal Unemployment Account. Their balances as of December 26, 2003, are:
Extended Benefits/Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation.
States Currently on Extended Benefits (EB). Oregon, Alaska, Washington, and Michigan are currently triggered "on" to EB.
Oregon, Washington and Michigan will trigger "off" EB. Based on the latest information released by BLS, the seasonally adjusted total unemployment rates (TUR) for Oregon and Washington remain above 6.5% for the 3 months ending November 2003, but the TUR for these states fails to meet the requirement of being at least 110% of the corresponding 3-month average rate during either of the 2 prior years. Therefore, the week ending January 10, 2004, will be the last week for which Extended Benefits can be paid in Oregon and Washington.
In Michigan, the TUR trigger was activated under state legislation on a temporary basis, and the state authority for this trigger expired on December 27, 2003, requiring the state to trigger off three weeks later. Therefore, the week ending January 17, 2004, is the last week for which EB can be paid in Michigan.
Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) Ends.
The authorization period for TEUC ends on December 31, 2003, and the week ending December 27, 2003, (December 28 in New York) was the last week for which exhaustees of regular benefits could establish new TEUC claims. The week ending December 27, 2003, was also the last week exhaustees of TEUC in high unemployment states (Oregon, Washington, Michigan, and Alaska) could qualify for TEUC-X. Those with entitlement to TEUC or TEUC-X may claim those benefits though the week ending April 3, (or 4 in New York) 2004.
Expiration of Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation for Airline and Related Workers (TEUC-A). The TEUC-A program expired on December 28, 2003. New TEUC-A claims could be established for eligible unemployed workers through the week ending December 27 (December 28 in New York). Unemployed workers who have a TEUC-A benefit balance as of December 28 may continue to claim their remaining balance through the week ending January 1, 2005 (December 26, 2004 in New York).
TEUC-A Extended (TEUC-AX) Available After Expiration. TEUC-A exhaustees may qualify for an extension of up to 13 weeks of benefits (TEUC-AX) through January 1, 2005, when their states are in a high unemployment period. Therefore, eligibility for TEUC-AX may be established in Oregon and Washington through the week ending January 10, 2004; in Michigan through the week ending January 17, 2004; and in Alaska until Alaska is no longer in a high unemployment period or January 1, 2005.
The availability of TEUC-AX after expiration (as described above) is provided for in the TEUC-A statute but was prohibited in the Conference Report. ETLS advised ETA that the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice concluded that the enacted law for TEUC-A prevails over the Conference Report. OWS issued revised guidance to the states on this matter on December 24, 2003, and contacted the Regional Offices responsible for the 4 states that are affected.
Contact: Ronald Wilus (email@example.com; 202-693-2931)
Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker (MSFW) Dialogues.
The National Association of Workforce Boards is piloting the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker (MSFW) Dialogues. The purpose of the dialogues is to design a model of integrated strategic planning between MSFW grantees and local workforce boards that will result in an increase in the availability of mainstream labor market opportunities for MSFWs provided through the One-Stop System. ONP has initiated discussions with the Office of Field Operations about dates and sites for three dialogues, tentatively set for January 29 in California, February 19 in Texas, and March 25 in Pennsylvania. Contact: Gloria Salas-Kos (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-693-3596)
Manufacturing Associations Meeting
On December 15, the BRG convened a meeting of several leading manufacturing trade associations with the purpose of identifying and analyzing the critical industry-wide workforce challenges. Specifically, the meeting included representatives of the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing, National Institute for Metalworking Skills, and the Association for Manufacturing Technology. Along with the workforce challenges, the meeting also solicited the associationsí perspectives on potential solutions that might achieve wide consensus and could be implemented expeditiously. Among the primary challenges that were discussed, the association representatives highlighted the negative public perceptions of the industry, the increasing impact of a foreign-born workforce, the necessity for workers to poses basic skills, and the need to build connections between small businesses, training providers, and the public workforce system. Contact: Michael Jaffe (email@example.com; 202-693-3340)