There are many people in our region looking for work. We should find a way to give more people the skills and opportunity to pursue a career in the coal industry - a career that is honest, proud work that pays well.
Morgantown, WV (PRWEB) June 28, 2011
The Summit brings together top leaders in government, business, and non-profits to discuss American job creation and the revitalization of American industry.
Parsons points to Clinton's recent article in Newsweek where the former president describes a scenario in which 3,600 people applied for a particular job opening for 100 people. Ultimately, only 47 people were hired, as they were the only candidates with the necessary skills, representing the need for specialized training that often does not accompany those entering the workforce.
"There is no question that the coal industry provides quality, good paying jobs to countless people in Appalachia," Parsons stated, "However, there is a great need for workers with the skills for coal industry jobs that are in need of being filled.”
One solution proposed by former labor commissioner of Georgia, Michael Thurmond, is relatively intuitive. Once jobs with specific skills needs, such as those in the coal industry, go unfilled for a particular amount of time, the state will offer businesses the money to train employees to learn these skills. During that time, companies do not have to pay Social Security taxes while still training potential employees in their corporate structure, ultimately reducing the time the workforce spends unemployed and the business expenses associated with specialized training for jobs that must be filled.
Parsons hopes Remember the Miners can put ideas from the Summit into action in coal country.
"There are many people in our region looking for work. We should find a way to give more people the skills and opportunity to pursue a career in the coal industry - a career that is honest, proud work that pays well. Accelerating the rate at which we fill coal job vacancies and put people to work will be good for West Virginia and the coal region. Further, veterans returning home also have specialized skills that can be put to use, and we will also address that as well during the summit.”
Jason Parsons of Remember The Miners will be present at the Clinton Global Initiative this week, and is available for interviews.
About Remember The Miners (RTM)
Remember the Miners is a public awareness campaign dedicated to honoring the legacy of all miners and the mining industry, bringing the human element to the forefront of the energy debate, and remembering the miners who have fallen. The RTM Scholars Program, in conjunction with the West Virginia Coal Foundation, benefits dependents of miners by raising funds for the purpose of education within the mining industry. RTM also raises awareness about the sacrifices miners and their families make for our country. For more information, see http://www.remembertheminers.org.