The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
Organizing Our Futures:
A Public Forum on Labor, Knowledge and the Economy
Ensuring workers benefit from the emerging knowledge-based economy.



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The UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies presents a public forum...

Organizing Our Futures:
Labor, Knowledge and the Economy

On Friday Evening Oct 13th and from 9AM to 6PM on Saturday Oct 14th, 2006

Saturday panels on Technology, Globalization, and Challenges for Labor. Click program link above for complete details.

Photo courtesy of Richard Greenhill at Shadow Robot Company.

With rapidity never before seen, new knowledge and innovation are reshaping work and the economy in the 21st Century. The integration of biotechnology, robotics and telecommunications will sharply reduce the demand for repetitive, dangerous, or otherwise programmable labor. So far, less-skilled workers have borne the brunt of these changes as their opportunities and income have declined. But so-called “knowledge workers”—those who diagnose, solve or broker solutions to complex problems—now realize that they too can be made technologically obsolescent or replaced more readily by low-wage workers in the global labor market. New employment opportunities in service areas may replace current work, but the attractiveness of such jobs depends upon a distribution of income that enables workers to share in the wealth made possible by new knowledge and technology. Some, like Thomas Friedman, argue that education is the critical ingredient that will empower and prepare knowledge workers for these changes. Others argue that education and human resource policies are window dressing that side step the need for more fundamental labor-driven reorganization of our economy.

To read more from Dan Jacoby, the Harry Bridges Endowed Chair in Labor Studies, on this topic, click here.

"Making the Economy Work for Workers"

Robert Kuttner, Founding Editor of The American Prospect

Read his new article in the Nov. 2006 American Prospect, "The Road to Good Jobs."

Friday, Oct 13 at 7:30pm in Kane Hall Room 130
TICKETS: Free Available at the University Bookstore.
Tickets Required for entry.
"Next Generation Unionism: Politics, Power and The Informational Labor Process"

Chris Benner, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University

Saturday, Oct 14 from 12:15pm - 2:00pm in the Husky Union Building Room 108
TICKETS: Available from the Harry Bridges Center by emailing us at, or calling us at (206) 543-7946.
Suggested donation of $10 is to cover cost of box lunch. Free for students and low-income.
Tickets Required for entry.

If you purchased a ticket for Ray Marshall, click here.

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Last updated: June 14, 2006.