Equity and the Future of Work, Workers, and Social Supports
November 5-6, 2019 | New York
Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice, 320 E 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017
Registration closes cob Friday, October 25th.
The nature of work is changing, with work becoming more precarious and less predictable. New and emerging technologies—including artificial intelligence, automation, and big data—are playing a key role in shaping blue collar, white collar, agricultural, and service sector jobs. And while non-standard low-wage jobs grow, middle-wage job growth stalls. These changes are not impacting people equally, with women, people of color, migrants and people with disabilities affected disproportionately.
Our workforce is also becoming more diverse. Women now make up more than half the workforce. Hispanics and Asians represent the fastest-growing groups of employees. Participation by people with disabilities is trending up. And while Millenials represent the largest generation of the workforce, our aging population means increasing participation by older adults and caregiving responsibilities for most workers.
As the workforce and workplace evolve, so too must social supports for workers. Millions of Americans, especially women and people of color, are working in jobs with low pay, unpredictable schedules, few if any benefits, and limited opportunities for advancement or growth.Stronger policies and social supports are needed in this rapidly changing economy to boost wages, modernize benefits, and ensure safe, healthy, and fair conditions at work. They must be inclusive, and provide coverage for all workers in all forms of employment, including “gig” and contract workers as well as the more than 40 million American caregivers providing unpaid care to adults and children each year. And as unionization declines, new systems and structures are needed to ensure workers have a voice in the workplace and political arena to ensure worker fairness and equality.
Join this two-day meeting for funders to explore the role of equity in the transformation of work, workers and social supports. How do we ensure that inequities are disrupted and not reinforced and create a more vibrant and just economy?