ERIC Number: ED288012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May-12
Reference Count: N/A
Jobs for the Future. An AFL-CIO View. Publication Number 179.
Donahue, Thomas R.
The employment crisis will not be caused by a less male, less white, and less English-speaking labor force. The future employment crisis will be, as always, on the supply side of the labor market. The number of new jobs does not match the number of people entering the work force. Jobs have been lost in manufacturing, while jobs in services have been created. America seems to be moving to a split-level economy with high-paying, high-skill jobs at the top and more low-paying, low-skill jobs at the bottom--and with fewer midlevel jobs. The labor force needs help to acquire the basic education and skills needed to adapt to the enormous change and to move up the economic ladder. Although more and better training is needed, the federal government may not have adequate resources, and at the state level, training funds have become a business subsidy for wealthy corporations. One solution to making more jobs available to people is to take advantage of new technologies that will make workers more productive. A consensus needs to be reached on the desirability of reducing working time. One way to reduce the inequality faced by immigrants, minorities, and women who enter the work force is to encourage them to form and join unions. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the conference "The Next American Revolution: Crisis in Employment" (New York, NY, May 12, 1987).