Nan Whaley’s One Good Job Pledge

Nan Whaley

If you’re willing to work, Nan will make sure you have the training you need and access to a good paying, union job rebuilding our state.

No matter where you live in Ohio, one good job should be enough to raise your family. But for too many people, that isn’t the case. Many Ohioans have to work two or three jobs just to scrape by. At the same time, our state is about to receive billions of dollars in investment from the historic bipartisan infrastructure bill that Nan was proud to help pass. Meanwhile, reports indicate that there are not enough Ohio construction workers to complete big projects like Intel and others. 

As we turn a corner on the COVID-19 crisis, it’s vital that Ohio take innovative steps to actually set our state up for success, instead of letting new opportunities pass us by. While the DeWine Administration has focused all of its economic development efforts on big ribbon cuttings (almost exclusively in the Columbus area), Nan will be focused on bringing economic opportunity to every corner of the state, giving Ohioans the opportunity to do meaningful work in their communities. 

Once elected governor, Nan will take bold action to put Ohioans to work rebuilding our state. If you’re willing to work hard rebuilding Ohio, Nan will get you the training you need and access to a good-paying, union job through her One Good Job Pledge. This isn’t easy work, but it is important work – fixing our roads, bridges, and factories, replacing lead pipes, and expanding broadband all across our state. 

Rather than relying on out-of-state workers to complete these projects and then leave, Nan will train the next generation of Ohio workers to rebuild our state and contribute to important projects like Intel. Not only will this program put newly trained Ohioans to work on vital infrastructure projects, but it will set them up for new careers with good wages and benefits that will always be in demand. 

By investing in our people and in our state, we’ll ensure that Ohio is set up to succeed in the 21st Century.

Here’s our plan

1. Invest $65 Million in Apprenticeship Readiness Programs

Ohio needs thousands of new skilled tradespeople to rebuild our state. Even before the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the announcement of the Intel project, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services projected that there would be nearly 22,000 job openings in the construction industry.

To fill this growing gap, Nan will invest $65 million in Apprenticeship Readiness Programs, which give workers the skills and support they need to start a union apprenticeship in the building and skilled trades and begin a new career. While these important programs already exist around the state, they do not receive sufficient support from the state.

This investment, paid for with federal funds from the bipartisan infrastructure bill and state and local workforce development funds over the next four years, will support more than 17,000 Ohioans looking to learn the skills they’ll need for good-paying, union jobs rebuilding Ohio. This investment will help to address this gap in skilled workers, while also addressing the long term needs of our state.

2. Put these newly trained Ohioans to work rebuilding our state

Nan will require that all state construction projects over $10 million have Project Labor Agreements in place. Requiring PLA’s for large state projects will ensure that jobs paid for with our tax dollars pay a living wage and lift Ohioans into the middle class, and that there is a pipeline for workers going through union Apprenticeship Readiness Programs. Under the Kasich and DeWine administrations, state projects have not used PLA’s. PLA’s will ensure that these vital infrastructure projects use local skilled workers, build high quality projects, prioritize safety, and invest in the families of our local communities.


The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services estimates that there will be almost 22,000 job openings in the construction industry in the coming years. These estimates were developed before the announcement of the Intel project, which is struggling to find the 7,000 construction workers needed for completion, and before the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. 

Examples of regional Apprenticeship Readiness Programs include Columbus Building Futures, MC3 Apprenticeship Readiness Program in Dayton, and Cleveland Builds. These programs cost approximately $8,500 per trainee. In addition to teaching trainees – who range from high schoolers to people looking to start a new career – the hard and soft skills to succeed in an apprenticeship, they also include weekly stipends. These programs are especially targeted at people who have not traditionally worked in the trades. With increased investment from the state, the Apprenticeship Readiness Programs around Ohio will scale up to 1,200 trainees in 2023 and 5,400 trainees per year from 2024 – 2026. 

$65 million in federal funding from a combination of competitive training funds available in the  historic, bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, supplemented by Ohio’s workforce training funds, in partnership with regional workforce development boards, will be used for the training costs as well as outreach to recruit new trainees. 

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