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John Ratzenberger joins Labor Department's apprenticeship task force

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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Monday announced the members of President Trump's task force on apprenticeships, which include top business lobbyists, union leaders, and actor John Ratzenberger, a major advocate of workforce training programs who is best known as Cliff Clavin from the TV series "Cheers."

The administration has been pushing reinvigorating the practice of business apprenticeships as a way of reducing unemployment and boosting the economy. Acosta has said the U.S. has 6 million vacant job positions despite also having 7 million unemployed people. The disconnect, he said, is because many of the unemployed lacked the necessary backgrounds for the open jobs.

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