Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs Bill to Improve Workforce Training for Women

August 13, 2012
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Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) that will expand work force assistance and training programs for women so they qualify for higher paying jobs, including those jobs that have traditionally gone to men.

“I am concerned because the economic status of women is limited by their lower earning potential,” Assemblywoman Jaffee said. “A potential solution to this problem is to train women for jobs that pay higher wages. These are often characterized as male jobs.”

A.9020- B/ S.6429-A will add a work force training program within the Department of Labor that is specifically intended to help women seek higher paying jobs. The program would include: current information about careers that offer a higher salary and compensation; counseling, skills development and training that encourage women to seek jobs with higher earning potential.

“The YWCA would like to thank Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee for her leadership on this critical piece of legislation. It marks the recognition by New York State’s policy maker that we must make intentional steps as a society to combat the gender wage gap and poverty among New York’s women,” said Kelli Owens, Director of Government relations and Public Policy of the YWCAs of New York. “By passing the Women’s Workforce Bill, the New York State Department of Labor and local Workforce Investment Boards will be giving women the information they need to make better career decisions. In turn, they will seek training and jobs that lead to higher wages and self-sufficiency.”

“With the leadership of Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, the Women’s Workforce Development bill will become the first piece of NYS legislation that acknowledges and starts to address the gender wage gap. This is a welcome accomplishment for Equal Pay advocates and women across New York,” said Beverly Neufeld, President New York Women’s Agenda and Director, Equal Pay Coalition. “Much needs to be done to create economic equity, but this legislation signals the willingness of our Legislature to work towards needed change. The successful passage also highlights the possibilities and benefits of bi-partisan collaboration. This truly is a “win” for New York State.”