There is a growing gap between worker productivity and compensation
Work providers continue to ignore role of systemic racism, pervasive sexism, & lack of empowerment
Declining worker power is influencing labor market outcomes
Accepts persistent overrepresentation of women & workers of color in low quality work.
Deemed as a fair, market-determined outcome and therefore justified.
The field needs a new mental model – one better aligned with labor market realities
Large majority of jobs – 70 percent – require only a high school degree or less.
And these are the jobs employers are currently struggling to fill.
Workforce development field needs strategies that reduce inequity & improve job quality.
Here Four Basic Ways to Fix Work—Now & When COVID is Conquered
Here are four steps the field can take
Develop a Solidarity Mindset
Identify New Levers and Partners
Use Data Differently
Connect Dots between Workforce Development & Worker Protections
Workforce Development Should Focus More on Fixing Work
Maureen Conway, Vice President and Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program at the Aspen Institute
Mary Alice McCarthy, Director of the Center on Education and Labor at New America.
Alex Camardelle, Director of Workforce Policy at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies