In many discussions and forums across the globe, the future of work often focuses on changes to the nature of work, and on industries as they are affected by such factors as accelerating connectivity, robotics, artificial intelligence, public and private policy, and the creation of the gig economy and other labor arrangements. In many instances, the idea of worker voice is absent from consideration, particularly, in developing dynamic responses needed to foster greater health, broader security, increased equality of opportunity and greater shared prosperity.
At this year’s conference, we want to lift up best practices and take a look at the kinds of state, regional and local workforce partnerships that prioritize worker voice. The conference will highlight the important role that employers, labor, education & training institutions, local workforce development systems and community allies play in developing worker voice in their policies and practices.
The conference affords a real opportunity for workforce development stakeholders to engage employers, labor allies, local workforce development boards, community-based organizations, public agencies and other stakeholders in building new economic models based upon high-road partnerships.
Sponsored by the California Labor Federation, the annual Building Workforce Partnerships Conference is ultimately about collaboration — only working together can labor, business, government, and communities bridge the economic needs of working families and the challenge of sustainable economic recovery and growth. This unique event draws together a diverse group of labor leaders, local and state policymakers, community advocates, educators, and job training and economic development professionals to learn best practices, and to debate the critical issues of the economy and the future of our society.