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Ken Jacobsand Sarah Thomason

Comments on Rule Proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Prohibiting Homecare Workers from Making Paycheck Deductions for Union Dues

The ability of homecare workers to choose to join a union and have dues deducted from their pay has led to important improvements in an industry historically marked by low wages and high worker turnover. The proposed rule would not only harm workers, it would have a deleterious effect on care quality and undermine the objective of home and community based services of providing seniors and people with disabilities a viable alternative to institutional settings.

Carol Zabin

Comments on the California Public Utilities Commission’s 2013-2014 Evaluation, Measurement &Verification Plan

The research roadmap makes significant progress in beginning to address the workforce issues that were highlighted in the Needs Assessment and that are essential for consideration of alternative approaches to workforce issues, including but not limited to training strategies. However, we urge the Energy Division and the IOUs to develop a comprehensive research agenda on jobs and workforce issues.

Carol Zabinand Jessie HF Hammerling

October 26, 2012, Comments on California Energy Commission’s First Triennial Investment Plan for the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program

Although not all of the suggestions from our comments submitted on October 2nd were integrated into the EPIC Final Staff Report, we were pleased
to see that some of our recommendations were taken into account in the revisions. We have a few minor suggestions for additions or revisions to the Report.

Carol Zabinand Jessie HF Hammerling

October 2, 2012, Comments on California Energy Commission’s First Triennial Investment Plan for the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program

We applaud the effort that went into the draft plan and appreciate EPIC’s attention to ours and others’ comments on workforce. We appreciate the CEC’s attention to this area and their acknowledgement of the importance of workforce planning In driving commercial scale deployment of energy efficiency and clean energy investments. We present comments that we believe could strengthen EPIC’s efforts in the area of workforce education and training, which detail oral comments we made at the Sept 27 workshop.

Carol Zabinand Jessie HF Hammerling

August 17, 2012, Comments on California Energy Commission’s First Triennial Investment Plan for the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program

The Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) is designed to address innovation, emerging technologies and the growth of markets for clean energy. We believe that workforce issues are a critical component of this and we would like to encourage a strong emphasis on labor market analysis and workforce planning and innovation in the EPIC program.