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There's More than One Future of Work: Uneven Prospects for Different Workers

Technology associated with the Future of Work will impact workers in every sector and at every level in the U.S. economy—but those impacts will not be borne equally. Research indicates the majority of job losses from automation will be borne by workers earning less than $20 / hour with a high school degree or less; many of these will be workers of color. Mid- and late-career workers with less developed digital skills than their younger counterparts are likewise vulnerable, as are a range of other experienced workers if they’re at a workplace that is not willing or able to continually invest in their re-skilling. How should public policy respond to the FOW impacts felt by these different groups of working Americans? What complimentary role can private industry play in these responses, and how can public policy better leverage those investments for workers most vulnerable to these changes?

Speakers include: 

  • Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of AFL-CIO
  • Spencer Overton, President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Christina FitzPatrick, Policy Integration Director, AARP
  • Andy Van Kleunen, Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Coalition
  • Maggie Koziol, Senior Manager, Deloitte