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“We can’t have an economic development strategy without a workforce development strategy” – UFCW Western States Council Statement on 2024-2025 Proposed Budget

Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2024-2025 California state budget. The following statement may be attributed to Amber Parrish, Executive Director, UFCW Western States Council:

“UFCW agrees wholeheartedly with Governor Gavin Newsom that a strong and steady economy requires a strong and steady workforce. It’s no secret that California has jobs that we need workers to fill as the unemployment rate is at record lows. It also doesn’t take a large logic leap that high road jobs make for good taxpayers while reducing strain on our safety net resources.  

“Any reduction in High Road Training Partnerships (HRTP) puts California at risk of being unprepared for future large-scale workforce crises. To meet the growing demand for food and to ensure California is prepared for future food access crises, California must establish a Food Supply Chain Worker HRTP designation and allocate $10 million of HRTP funds to support California’s food supply-chain workers. This will ensure California can meet its obligation to assure adequate food access to residents and to train people so California can be prepared to meet the existing and projected need for skilled workers in this critical infrastructure sector.

“California heavily relies on these key infrastructure workers in agriculture, food and meat processing, food warehousing, grocery stores, and food delivery as they are essential for in-person work during natural disasters, like the COVID-19 pandemic, and climate-change driven disasters, such as wildfires.

“UFCW looks forward to working with Governor Newsom’s administration and the California Legislature to ensure we are prepared for the next disaster and that California’s working people can thrive.”

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January 10, 2024

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