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Deputy Labor Secretary discusses the future of work and the role of technology

Deputy Labor Secretary Julie Su joins Washington Post Live on Thursday, July 14. (Video: The Washington Post)

The increasing use of technology in the workplace has rapidly boosted productivity and fostered team building with new ways of communicating. From automation to artificial intelligence to machine learning, employers and employees are adapting as they navigate the future of work. Deputy Labor Secretary Julie Su joins Washington Post Live to discuss the impact of these new technologies on our workplace and our workforce.

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Highlights

“What is often shorthanded as a labor shortage, we see really as a job quality shortage…We do see that workers are resigning from jobs, but many more have actually been hired. In fact, hiring is outpacing quits in every major sector, with higher levels of both in lower wage sectors. Which basically means that workers are feeling empowered to look for new work. And that’s why, for the Department of Labor, our biggest priority now is figuring out how we create and focus on connecting people to good, quality jobs."- Julie Su (Video: Washington Post Live)
“How do we think about developing technology in a worker centered way? Imagine if we thought about all of our technological development, deployment, research, investments in ways that could actually benefit workers… There’s also the digital divide issue, we saw this across COVID…Where people with means found it much easier to both deploy the technology that was needed…When we think about the future of work, one of the most important challenges before us is, what is the future of work for workers who are not working behind computers?"- Julie Su (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We really believe in the right to organize. And what we are seeing is, in a time where workers have more choices, they are organizing, sometimes against really, really great odds. I think that, that is an inspiring sign of how a robust economy in which workers have a choice and are able to exercise that choice is going to lead to better outcomes…I don't think that we should assume that worker organizing is about creating conflict, I think it's a really powerful way, as we've seen, for not just resolving conflict, but building good workplaces together."- Julie Su (Video: Washington Post Live)

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