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Workers Want More to Rejoin Economy: AFL-CIO Chief


Liz Shuler, acting president of the AFL-CIO, the largest labor federation in the U.S., has stated that workers “are not going back to how it was before” COVID-19. She notes that the climate crisis and technology have had huge impacts on the workplace, and she points to polls showing growing public support for unions amid a favorable political climate for organized labor given a supportive Biden administration in Washington, D.C.1

This article presents highlights of a discussion between Shuler and Julia Love, labor and tech reporter for Reuters. This took place in a session on Oct. 14, 2021, called “Help Wanted: Workers Demand More to Rejoin the Economy,” part of a virtual conference organized by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW), “The Future of Work: The Changing Global Workforce and How It’s Reshaping Business.”

SABEW is based at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. Its president is Caleb Silver, editor in chief of Investopedia. Key Comments From Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO Acting President

“We don’t have a shortage of workers, but in good, well-paying jobs.”

“Too many businesses remain stubbornly focused on cutting labor costs … Even at the […]

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