Employment Training Panel Legislation Pending

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 27, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Two pieces of legislation are currently pending in the Legislature that will alter the Employment Training Panel (ETP).  ETP partners with businesses, predominantly manufacturers, to provide employees with the skills they need to remain employed so that they do not draw on Unemployment Insurance (UI).  The program is therefore funded by appropriating one-tenth of one percent of UI contributions. 

CMTA opposes two bills that would alter the rules by which ETP awards contracts for training.  SB 102 by Denise Ducheny (D-San Diego) would authorize the panel to allocate funds for up to five licensed nurse training pilot programs for individuals currently working as nurse assistants and caregivers in a health facility.  While the goal of training more nurses is an honorable one, there is already an existing ETP program for health care professionals. This legislation would mandate training for nurses and not apply important standards for contract approval.

SB 314 by Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) would allow ETP to fund contracts for the training of seasonal workers.  CMTA has successfully worked with the author to remove many portions of the bill of most concern. Despite this, SB 314 would still set aside many standards for contract approval and would use ETP funds for training that will not prevent workers from drawing UI benefits.  Additionally, many of the companies that would benefit most from SB 314 carry negative unemployment insurance accounts and, therefore, would be benefiting without actually supporting the program. 

SB 102 is currently on the Senate Floor and SB 314 has passed out of the Senate and will be heading to the Assembly for consideration.

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