April 25, 2019

Jobs With Justice

Responding to the Renaissance in Manufacturing: Opportunities and Challenges to Diversify the Workforce in Buffalo

A new report from the Jobs With Justice Education Fund and the AFL-CIO’s Working For America Institute examines how organizations in Buffalo are taking advantage of the employment opportunities in manufacturing to diversify the workforce. Through a series of focus groups and one-on-one interviews conducted in August and September 2018, 23 representatives from business, government and community organizations weighed in on three questions: What are the barriers preventing targeted populations from accessing careers in advanced manufacturing? What are efforts underway to address those barriers? What else needs to be done to achieve diversity in the manufacturing sector? What follows is a summary of those discussions.

Click here to read the full report.  

Join us for the report briefing on April 29, 2019

When: Monday, April 29th from 10-11 am | Press Conference 10-10:30 Community Discussion 10:35 to 11:00

Where: SEIU Offices | 2421 Main Street, Buffalo

Who:  Speakers and Panelists include:

  • Heather Gresham, Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
  • Holly Hutchinson, Project Director, American Apprenticeship Initiative of Western New York, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Erin Johansson, Research Director, Jobs With Justice Education Fund
  • Karen King, PhD., Erie County Commission on the Status of Women
  • Rev. Kirk Laubenstein,  Director, Coalition for Economic Justice
  • Richard Lipsitz, President, Western New York Area Labor Federation
  • Beth Shannon, Deputy Director, Working For America Institute

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