TANA helps push new skilled workforce bill

March 8, 2001

The Tire Association of North America (TANA) helped facilitate yesterday's introduction of the Skilled Workforce Enhancement Act (SWEA) to Congress.

SWEA is a bill designed to alleviate the shortage of skilled workers by offering a $15,000 tax credit to employers who pledge to train employees in a two to four year apprenticeship program that includes 1,500 hours a year of on-the-job and classroom training.

"The tax credit through SWEA will help our members recruit, train and retain quality employees," says TANA President Nick Hodel. Employers may decide how the money is used at their businesses.

TANA was one of SWEA's key sponsors.

The association also applauds this week's Senate resolution that calls for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ergonomics rule.