Published in The Washington Post Live

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.

The Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is an independent organization working to address inequality and build a future grounded in justice. For more than 85 years, it has supported visionaries on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. Today, with an endowment of $16 billion, the foundation has headquarters in New York and 10 regional offices across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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