Did you know that the first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City and became a national holiday in 1894?   According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.  It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.  The first Labor Day was celebrated with a parade, speeches and a big party—which is how we still celebrate today.

At National Able Network, Labor Day has a dual meaning. We not only celebrate American workers, we celebrate all of the 100,000 job seekers we serve each year – many of whom are served through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), which Congress passed on July 22, 2014 – 120 years after Labor Day became a national holiday! This is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years!  The U.S. Department of Labor, in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services and Education, are working to ensure states, local workforce boards, and other stakeholders are prepared for the implementation of the new act.  The program’s goal is to help job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

Able offers WIOA services throughout Cook County and in six counties throughout Southeast Indiana. We have a wonderful team of knowledgeable and friendly staff that want to help you during your job search.  Comprehensive resources are available at all of our locations for your job seeking needs!  Be sure to take advantage of our Job Readiness Training program and Job Search Work Teams to get you ready for today’s job search.

If you’re unemployed or underemployed, click here or call 855-994-8300 to register for an orientation at one of our Chicagoland locations!