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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Two New Voluntary Company Commitments to the CHIPS Women in Construction Framework

Daniel Nenni

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Announcement is Part of Secretary Raimondo’s Million Women in Construction Initiative

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced GlobalFoundries and Polar Semiconductor have voluntarily committed to adopt the CHIPS Women in Construction Framework. The Framework is part of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo’s ongoing Million Women in Construction initiative that aims to expand the American construction workforce by doubling the number of women in construction over the next decade. Under the Framework, companies will work with contractors, trade unions, and other community and workforce partners to implement best practices that will expand the construction workforce by increasing the participation of women and economically disadvantaged individuals.

“Thanks to President Biden’s CHIPS for America Program, we are creating tens of thousands of construction jobs all over the country, and working closely with the private sector to make sure women have access to these high-quality jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Through these new voluntary commitments from GlobalFoundries and Polar Semiconductor to our CHIPS Women in Construction Framework, we are helping grow the construction workforce to include more women and supporting implementation efforts across the country.”

The Biden-Harris Administration’s proposed investment in GlobalFoundries would create approximately 1,500 manufacturing jobs and approximately 9,000 construction jobs over the next 10 years in New York and Vermont. The company will be operating under an existing Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in New York and is in the process of establishing a PLA in Vermont.

“At GlobalFoundries, we celebrate our diversity and are steadfast in our commitment to shaping the future of the semiconductor industry. Every day, our talented team is pushing the boundaries of innovation to shape essential technologies that are making the world a better place,” said Pradheepa Raman, Chief People Officer at GlobalFoundries. “We applaud the leadership of Secretary Raimondo in taking action to diversify our nation's workforce. GlobalFoundries is proud to commit to the Department of Commerce's CHIPS Women in Construction Framework. A more diverse construction workforce benefits all of us, strengthening our industry and our communities.”

The Administration’s proposed investment in Polar Semiconductor would create over 160 manufacturing and construction jobs in Minnesota. Polar and construction partner Mortenson have committed to utilizing a PLA to support its construction workforce.

“Polar is fully committed to the Department of Commerce's CHIPS Women in Construction Framework, and strongly supports Secretary Raimondo’s Million Women in Construction vision. In order to deliver on Polar’s ambitious plan to double capacity, enable new technologies, and transform into the only U.S.-owned pure-play foundry specializing in sensor, power, and high-voltage semiconductors, it is imperative that the construction part of the project is accomplished on schedule. Expanding the construction workforce by increasing participation of women is essential to this plan,” said Surya Iyer, President and Chief Operating Officer of Polar Semiconductor. “Polar will support its long-term construction partner, Mortenson, to collaboratively implement the framework. Polar will continue to build upon its leadership of the Minnesota CHIPS Coalition and collaborations with other workforce partners in the Mid-West to encourage more women to pursue careers in construction and manufacturing.”

Companies that voluntarily adopt the Framework will collaborate with contractors, trades unions, and other community and workforce partners in their efforts to implement the following practices:
  1. Set goals and monitor progress towards increasing the participation of women on CHIPS-funded construction projects.
  2. Build community partnerships with community organizations with a track record of increasing women and economically disadvantaged individuals’ exposure to and recruitment into the construction industry.
  3. Develop training pathways such as training investments, apprentice utilization goals, or apprentice readiness program partnerships that serve women and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  4. Provide access to supportive services such as child care or transportation that will increase retention of women and economically disadvantaged individuals in the workforce.
  5. Maintain healthy, safe, and respectful workplaces and prevent and address harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and violence through workplace training, policy and practice.
Adoption of the Framework is intended to build upon the existing efforts of these companies and these recruitment and retention best practices will help support on-time and successful completion of CHIPS program funded projects. Semiconductor manufacturing companies that have already signed non-binding Preliminary Memorandum of Terms (PMT) may voluntarily adopt the framework.

In the months following voluntary adoption of the Framework, companies will work with the CHIPS Program Office (CPO), the Department of Commerce, and collaborate with local partners, such as contractors, trades unions and community-based organizations to develop and implement activities carrying out the best practices outlined in the Framework. With today’s announcement, GlobalFoundries and Polar Semiconductor join Intel Corporation and Micron Technology as eligible companies that have adopted the Framework thus far. Adopting the Framework is not a requirement for receiving CHIPS funding, but CPO welcomes all companies who enter into a preliminary memorandum of terms with the Department to adopt the Framework and implement its best practices.

About CHIPS for America
CHIPS for America is part of President Biden’s economic plan to invest in America, stimulate private sector investment, create good-paying jobs, make more in the United States, and revitalize communities left behind. CHIPS for America includes the CHIPS Program Office, responsible for manufacturing incentives, and the CHIPS Research and Development Office, responsible for R&D programs, that both sit within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the Department of Commerce. NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST is uniquely positioned to successfully administer the CHIPS for America program because of the bureau’s strong relationships with U.S. industries, its deep understanding of the semiconductor ecosystem, and its reputation as fair and trusted. Visit https://www.chips.gov to learn more.
 
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