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Mayor Adams Announces Major Investment In New York City Workers & Employers, New Approach To Talent & Workforce Development With $18.6 Million Federal Grant

Published Tuesday, August 16, 2022
by The New York City Mayor’s Office
Mayor Adams Announces Major Investment In New York City Workers & Employers, New Approach To Talent & Workforce Development With $18.6 Million Federal Grant

(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City Mayor Eric Adams HAS announced the launch of New York City Pathways to Industrial and Construction Careers (PINCC), an innovative new talent development initiative that will help place nearly 2,300 low income New Yorkers on the trajectory to careers in two high-growth sectors of the city’s economy over the next three years.

Formalized in Executive Order 22, the program will be funded with an $18.6 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration in response to New York City’s winning proposal to the Good Jobs Challenge created under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  

Targeted to serve cash assistance recipients and public housing residents, PINCC creates training pathways and provides wraparound support up to and beyond job placement, offering life-changing opportunities to New Yorkers.  

“All New Yorkers deserve to earn a living wage and share in our city’s prosperity and that’s why I’m proud to announce the Pathways to Industrial and Construction Careers,” Mayor Adams said. “With the support of a ($18.6 million) Federal Grant, we are taking major steps towards making sure that thousands of New Yorkers have access to jobs that they can support a family with, while giving our city’s employers access to the talent they need to thrive.  This is a dynamic new approach to workforce development and a major shift from the previous way jobseekers and employers were served.  And this isn’t just about a single program - we are applying this same philosophy to revolutionize our approach to talent development in New York City by signing an Executive Order to streamline the efforts of nearly two dozen city agencies and offices that administer these programs.  Lives will be changed because of this work and employers will be provided with a strong talent pipeline needed to grow.” 

This initiative helps set the stage for the Adams Administration’s newly-announced city-wide talent development strategy, set forth in Executive Order 22.

The goal is to create a city where all young people launch successfully into fulfilling careers, all New Yorkers benefit from a Living Wage and contribute to the city’s shared prosperity, employers tap local talent, and public and private resources are fully aligned.  

The program projects to train nearly 2,300 New Yorkers and help place them in high-wage and/or Unionized jobs with benefits in roles like Diesel Mechanic, General Utility Worker, Tradesperson or Construction Project Manager.   

The Executive Order will finally: Create a city-wide, cross-agency plan on talent and workforce development, which will be prepared and presented to the mayor annually; Develop a talent portal dashboard to show progress citywide; Consolidate the Mayor’s Office of Youth Employment and the implementation of the Project Labor Agreements/Community Hiring into Office of Talent and Workforce Development; and Empower the Office of Talent and Workforce Development to manage and make recommendations for the appointments to the Workforce Development Board.   

Organized Labor Representatives were pleased with the PINCC initiative.

New York City AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez said: “On behalf of the affiliates of the New York City Central Labor Council, I’d like to commend the City of New York for leading this successful Good Jobs Challenge grant application.  By partnering with the Building and Construction Trades, AFSCME DC 37, TWU Local 100 and the Consortium for Worker Education, the City is acknowledging the role Organized Labor plays in providing lifelong opportunity, safe and dignified working conditions, superior wages, family supporting benefits and pay equity for all.  We thank Mayor Adams and his agency leaders for forging this powerful partnership.” 

Gary LaBarbera, who serves as President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, said: “As critical investment continues to be made in public works and development projects throughout New York City, creating an adequately trained and refined workforce is paramount for making these ventures successful and driving forward sustainable economic growth that provides good paying jobs and uplifts New York’s hard-working people.  The Good Jobs Challenge will play a crucial role in creating that pathway for Tradesmen and Tradeswomen to pursue Middle Class careers with benefits through Union Membership and Apprenticeship Programs.  We look forward to supporting this initiative and the development of a world-class workforce that will be at the forefront of rebuilding New York into a global leader in development and modern infrastructure.” 

Henry Garrido, the Executive Director of American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37, said: "This award is a victory for our Members and the City of New York.  A workforce development strategy that creates a path toward upward mobility has been our priority.  We look forward to working with the city to recruit program participants and customize training opportunities that will place Skilled Workers in the Construction and Industrial Sectors that desperately need them."    

Transport Workers Local 100 President Anthony Utano said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that New York City won this prestigious grant.  We have been partnering with the Consortium for Worker Education for nearly twenty years and we know that this new funding will result in real economic progress for members of our communities and their families.  More men and women will receive training necessary to get good Union jobs and more Transit Workers in (TWU Local 100) will get training to improve on their existing skills and secure promotions.  Simply put, this is a very good development for Blue-Collar New York.”

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