Advances in technology are changing the way we work—and what we work on—and working people will continue to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to meet new workplace realities. Technology isn’t the problem. But, too often, it is used as a convenient excuse for the rich and powerful to concentrate wealth and turn good jobs into part-time, temp, on-call and subcontracted work arrangements, or eliminate them altogether.
The future of work doesn’t have to be rampant with insecure, low-wage or precarious jobs. Unions are fighting to reclaim the bargaining power and economic security for millions of working people whose rights have been eroded by bad policy choices. And we will continue to help working people gain the quality job and skills training needed to evolve with the ever-changing nature of work.
We can demand a world where the gains from technology translate into better pay and working conditions for everyone. —Richard Trumka