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Rep. Kind Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Begin Planning for the Future of Work

November 29, 2017
Press Release
By starting the process now, we can ensure Wisconsin workers are prepared to compete for jobs

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Exploring the Future of Work Act, to review the workforce challenges that an increase in automation and innovation present. The bill is a first step in helping make sure our workers are prepared and trained for the jobs innovation brings.

“Over the years Wisconsinites have seen firsthand how technology and innovation has changed our everyday lives. Automation is showing no sign of slowing down, and it is only a matter of time until it changes the jobs available to our workers. We can’t afford to be unprepared. By starting to look at the challenge and how we find solutions we can prepare our workers for the jobs of the future,” said Rep. Kind.

The bill requests the National Academies to conduct a study to assess demographic, training, technology, and workforce needs; identify industry sectors likely to be significantly impacted by automation; and provide recommendations for policy solutions. The National Academies would then submit a report to Congress on their findings.