The Future of Work in a Digital Age

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By Kenneth Quinnell The Future of Work in a Digital Age

In Washington, D.C., yesterday, leaders and advocates for working people came together to discuss the future of work. The occasion was the first meeting of the AFL-CIO Commission on the Future of Work and Unions. The commission was created by a resolution at the federation’s 2017 convention and is designed to rethink ways of building bargaining power and providing economic security for millions of Americans.

In launching the discussion, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

We can’t afford to sit back. No matter how far we’ve come, we can’t act like there isn’t more change ahead. It’s tempting to hang on to yesterday’s victories. We’ve certainly been guilty of resting on our laurels from time to time. But that only weakens our ability to shape what’s coming next. More than ever, it’s time to look squarely forward.

Strong unions must be at the center of the debate. Shaping the future of work…making the economy fairer for everyone…is our domain.

Here are some of the key tweets from yesterday’s discussion:

Full house with hundreds of leaders coming together to consider the role of unions in the future of work #IdeasAtWork

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 3, 2018

BREAKING: Future of Work LIVE @AFTunion @ufcw @ironworkers @MachinistsUnion @wearealpa @afgenational #ideasatwork

— Richard L. Trumka (@RichardTrumka) May 3, 2018

The @AFLCIO Commission on the Future of Work will hold its first meeting today and it’s open to the public! You can watch the live stream here: #1u #FutureofWork #IdeasAtWork

— Amaya Smith (@amayajsmith) May 3, 2018

“Strong unions have to be at the center of the debate” – @AFLCIO President @RichardTrumka at the opening of the AFL-CIO’s The Future of Work event. #IdeasAtWork #1u

— DPE (@DPEaflcio) May 3, 2018

“Aspiration has trumped fear and we must create a sense that strong unions equal strong communities.” @rweingarten #IdeasAtWork

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 3, 2018

“If there’s no humans, is there a Human Resources department?” @Marc_Perrone #IdeasatWork

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 3, 2018

Technology has saved lives in construction. @TheIronworkers President Eric Dean

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 3, 2018

“Change is inevitable. We are not going to stop that machine.” President Tim Canoll @WeAreALPA #IdeasatWork

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 3, 2018

Labor movement wants to ensure advances in technology are human-centered. #ideasatwork @lizshuler

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 3, 2018

Key message from @AFLCIO Comm’n on #FutureOfWork: The goal of Labor is not to stop innovation. It is to treat workers with dignity & justice. @RichardTrumka @RWeingarten @AFTUnion @jschmittwdc @EconomicPolicy @marc_perrone @UFCW @CMURobotics #FredRolando @NALC_National

— Prof Spencer Overton (@SpencerOverton) May 3, 2018

Even as certain jobs may go away, whole new sectors will grow around changing technology. @mchui #ideasatwork @McKinsey_MGI

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 3, 2018

.@aft @WeAreGAGE activist Karen Rice, @IUBAC Glen Kelly and @AFLCIONextUp talking about young workers and the #FutureofWork on @AFLCIO #IdeasAtWork panel. Worker voice and empowerment are key to changing nature of work!

— Liz Shuler (@lizshuler) May 3, 2018

“The human touch cannot be replaced.”
Younger folks at @APWUnational are getting active to support each other. #IdeasAtWork

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 3, 2018

This is just the beginning. We can harness tech to make jobs safer and lives better. @RichardTrumka wrapping up #IdeasAtWork

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 3, 2018

Kenneth Quinnell
Fri, 05/04/2018 – 12:53

Source: AFL-CIO

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