A Great Year for CWE and our Partners



As we wrap up another year, we want to acknowledge the work of our partners in labor, community organizations, government, and business. The last 12 months have seen CWE and our partners grow and innovate to serve New York workers in new and bigger ways.
Our Jobs to Build On program hit a milestone, placing its 20,000th New Yorker into a career. JtBO, along with Worker Services Centers, includes 47 community partners providing job training and placement services across the city. The program has been funded by the City Council since 2007.



Over last year, CWE has made protecting immigrant workers a priority. Working with community partners like Make the Road New York and the Legal Aid Society, we are providing “Know Your Rights” training to over 10,000 New Yorkers and training unions to protect their immigrant members. In August, we brought together leading unions and community groups to discuss how to move this work forward and respond to the threat of workplace raids. The City Council committed $200,000 to fund the program this year, adding to funding provided by New York State.



We recently launched the Enhanced Credentials to Careers Initiative (ECCI) demonstration project, with support from the New York State Assembly and Senate and funding through the New York State Education Department. In today’s employment market, New York workers without college degrees too often lose out on jobs, even when they have experience and skills. In those situations, an industry-recognized credential can make all the difference. Since the program's launch, CWE and its partners have delivered industry-recognized credentials and certifications to over 200 workers. Two-thirds are formerly unemployed and underemployed workers who have gained quality jobs. The remainder are low and middle-income workers who required specific credentials to retain jobs or advance in their career tracks.


Our initiative for Bronx youth, New York Alliance for Transport and Logistics Advancement Services (NYATLAS), funded by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, also grew over the last year. NYATLAS seeks to create permanent career tracks for youth in the Bronx, who have a 25% unemployment rate. Our first class of machinist apprentices has become full journey-level workers at New York logistics corporations, and we are recruiting the next class of apprentices.



In 2018, CWE partnered with local nonprofits to provide training to our city’s growing number of cooperative businesses, allowing workers to take charge of their own economic destinies. These programs include training workers for industry-recognized certifications and on health and safety and fiscal management.
Through it all, we added new partners and graduated more workers into great careers.

Happy Holidays from CWE. We look forward to more work together in 2019.