PUBLISHED In The Washington Post LIVE | September 7, 2022
Washington Post Live: Future of Work
The American labor market has gone through many dramatic disruptions in recent years, from the tumult of the pandemic to increased dependence on “gig” work and automation. Now, the power is shifting: Whereas before employers dictated the terms of work, now businesses are competing to attract talent, and workers are using this leverage to call for better wages, protections, and control over their conditions. There is a new wave of labor activism, including calls for unionization at some of America’s largest corporations. Yet while there are currently five million more job openings than unemployed individuals in the United States, 64% of people still struggle to make ends meet, prompting the question: How can we create an equitable future of work that values and supports everyone?
Find out September 7-9 in “Future of Work,” our three-part series with Washington Post Live. We will convene leading labor advocates, executives, and policymakers to share their solutions for a more just economy, including how workers can shape more equitable relationships between their jobs and lives and what corporate America can learn by listening to its workers. They’ll also unpack the long-standing economic, racial, and gender inequities that have impacted workers and discuss how to move forward. Panelists include: Ai-jen Poo, co-founder and president of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Elizabeth Shuler, president of the AFL-CIO, Martin Whittaker, CEO of Just Capital, and Martin Walsh, United States Secretary of Labor.
Don’t miss these impactful conversations. When every worker’s voice is heard, respected, and valued, we can reimagine the economy and recover equitably as a country.