Connecting people who were formerly incarcerated with careers in the trades
Union members are going into prisons, recruiting for future members who will needs jobs when they're released. And it turns out that the trades are more willing to employ people who have been incarcerated. A U.S. Department of Justice report found that those who took advantage of vocational programs while incarcerated had a 28 percent better chance of getting work over those who didn't.
This month, the City of Rochester is partnering with the Rochester Labor Council on an inaugural apprenticeship and career fair. We discuss it with our guests:
- Victor Saunders, advisor to the City of Rochester on violence prevention programs
- Dan Maloney, president of the Rochester Labor Council, Rochester and Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation, and president of UAW Local 1097
- Kereem Berry, executive director of the Multi-Craft Apprenticeship Prep Program
- Maria Fisher, communications and political director for AFSCME Council 66