Governor Steve Bullock today announced the departure of Department of Labor & Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy. Bucy was appointed by the Governor to serve as Commissioner in January of 2013.
“Pam has been a star, and will be missed. She has been a driving force in how the state, the university system, and the private sector work together in getting Montanans and employers the skilled workforce they need,” said Governor Bullock. “She also took on additional responsibilities, from co-chairing the Main Street Montana Project to being one of the leaders on the Equal Pay Task Force. Her tenacity and commitment to supporting the businesses and workers of our state through new and innovative ways will be felt long after her time in public service.”
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of Montana as Commissioner and work with a diverse spectrum of stakeholders to grow and support our workforce,” said Bucy. “Most importantly, I want to thank the tireless, knowledgeable and dedicated staff of the Montana Department of Labor & Industry for their support while leading the agency.”
Under Governor Bullock and Commissioner Bucy’s leadership, the agency oversaw remarkable economic growth and navigated a changing economic landscape.
During her term, Montana has seen success across all segments of the workforce, including:
- More Montanans employed than any time in our history;
- An increase of almost 30% in Montana Registered Apprenticeships;
- Highest annual statewide real wage growth since 1990;
- The 6th fastest wage growth in the nation;
- The 5th fastest GDP growth in the nation;
- The successful launch of HELP-Link, the workforce development component of the Montana HELP Plan;
- Steady decrease of workplace injuries since beginning in 2013;
- Streamlining workforce development training through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act; and
- Collaborating with private, nonprofit and public sector partners to implement Governor Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project.
During her tenure, Commissioner Bucy focused on addressing Montana’s ongoing workforce shortage and strengthening partnership opportunities with the Montana University System, especially in rural two-year colleges using data-driven outcomes.
“Over the next decade, Montana’s labor force will see more and more chances to take advantage of work-based learning opportunities, upskill their current employment training through innovative curriculum, and take part in the growing numbers of apprenticeable occupations with union and non-union businesses,” said Bucy. “Now is a great time to be a part of Montana’s workforce and I will look forward to watching our state’s economy continue moving forward.”