WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said the omnibus appropriations bill signed into law includes strong support for President Donald J. Trump’s priorities for the American workforce.
“As President Trump works to expand job opportunities across the nation, the omnibus appropriations bill bolsters initiatives that help Americans access good, family-sustaining jobs,” said Secretary Acosta. “From increased resources to expand apprenticeships to additional support for programs that help veterans transition to the civilian workforce, this legislation advances key priorities for the Trump Administration.”
Key Provisions in Omnibus Appropriations Bill:
Apprenticeship is a proven workforce development strategy that helps Americans both earn wages and learn skills. The omnibus appropriations bill includes a 53 percent increase above the Fiscal Year 2017 funding level for apprenticeship programs that will help to expand opportunities for family sustaining jobs.
Office of Labor Management Standards:
The omnibus appropriations bill includes a 5.2 percent increase in funding for the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards, which promotes democratic rights of rank-and-file labor union members and labor-management transparency through reporting and disclosure requirements for labor unions and their officials, employers, and labor relations consultants.
Veterans’ Employment and Training Service:
The omnibus appropriations bill includes a 5.7 percent increase in funding for the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), including: $5 million for the Transition Assistance Program; $5 million for Jobs for Veterans State Grants; and $5 million for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA):
The omnibus appropriations bill includes an $80 million increase in funding for WIOA, which is designed to strengthen and improve America’s public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.
The Department of Labor looks forward to working with our nation’s governors to extend flexibility to empower those at the local level.
The omnibus appropriations bill includes a bipartisan statutory provision to ensure that workers in the back of the house (i.e., cooks, bussers, dishwashers) can participate in tip pools in appropriate circumstances. Importantly, this same provision makes clear that employers themselves cannot keep tips.