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Managing for Economic and Social Justice Aug 31 6pm eastern | MIT Sloan  
A candid discussion with three inspiring executives who are committed to creating good, accessible jobs for workers in contexts that range from an entrepreneurial packaging business to one of the world’s largest employers: Gayatri Agnew (Walmart, Sr. Director – Walmart Giving) Al Fuller (Integrated Packaging Corp., CEO) Julie Bertani-Kiser (Recology, Chief HR Officer) The conversation will explore which approaches to management have proven more resilient and successful during these troubling times, as well as how managers might respond to situations where equitable management appears to conflict with profitability.
 
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How the Workforce System Can Advance Workplace Health and Safety During and After the Pandemic Sept 8 3:30pm eastern | Aspen Institute  
In this webinar, panelists will share about the crucial role workforce development professionals can play in advancing workplace health and safety, including through direct engagement with employers and partnerships with local advocacy organizations. Panelists will also discuss how these strategies can be applied to other job quality areas and ways public and philanthropic funders can support this critical work. Hugo Avila (Coordinator of Business Services, SERCO) Christopher Dews (Policy Advocate, Job Opportunities Task Force) Clair Minson (Founder and Principal, Sandra Grace LLC) Click Here to Register
Women in Skilled Manufacturing Apprenticeships & Careers: An Introduction To Equity and Inclusion Sept 15-16 | Jobs for the Future  
This 2-day virtual institute will provide manufacturing industry leaders and stakeholders with a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss best practices for hiring, training, and retaining women and help the manufacturing industry build a more robust talent pipeline.
 
Why Women: The Importance of Women to the Manufacturing Sector
September 15th – Click Here to Register
 
What Works: Recruiting and Retaining Women in Manufacturing
September 16th – Click Here to Register
new information + resources
How Business Roundtable Companies Have Responded to Six Critical Stakeholder Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic Report | Just Capital  
JUST Capital analysis of how the BRT purpose statement signatories measure up to Americans’ expectations, and compare to other Russell 1000 companies, around six critical issues of the pandemic – back-up dependent care, personal protective equipment (PPE), paid sick leave, financial assistance, customer accommodations, and community relief funds – to better understand how the companies pushing for stakeholder capitalism are actually serving their stakeholders this year.
 
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Visualizing Vulnerable Jobs Across America Interactive Data Tool | Brookings Workforce of the Future Initiative  
This visualization by the Brookings Workforce of the Future initiative breaks down the number and dispersion of “vulnerable” jobs (jobs that pay low wages and do not provide benefits) for 380 metropolitan statistical areas and all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Understanding vulnerability can give cities and states a sense of how exposed their workers are to the COVID-19 crisis in the short term and help them create long-term recovery strategies.

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The Roadmap for Racial Equity, Special Edition: Immigrants and English Learners Report | National Skills Coalition
Highlights policy solutions related to: Education and workforce data systems; Policy and program infrastructure and technical assistance; Upskilling for workers with foundational skills needs, including vocational and technical English and digital literacy; Tuition equity and other financial aid for Dreamers and others not covered by existing financial aid programs; Permanent protection and a skills-based path to citizenship for Dreamers.

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Job Quality Learning Reports Reports | National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Between 2017 and 2019, the National Fund network launched job quality initiatives in 11 communities. This series of reports documents the learning from these initiatives and highlights some of the common characteristics and themes necessary for successful job quality intervention.

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Resources for Teaching Trades This Fall Resource Collection | Harbor Freight Tools for Schools  
A list of tools for teaching trades online/virtually, including resources by trade.
 
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Technology and the Future of Learning and Training Resource Collection | Urban Institute  
This new collection of Urban Institute resources focuses on learning strategies that can help bridge the digital divide and promote long-term mobility: Who Gets to Go to College When All College Is Online? Supporting Community College Learners Online Foundational Digital Skills for Career Progress Evaluation of Adaptive Learning in Statistics What would it take to enable all workers to develop the skills to succeed in a changing labor market?
in the news
The Real Reason the American Economy Boomed After World War II Opinion | New York Times
Jim Tankersley discusses how expanding opportunity for women, immigrants, and nonwhite workers helped everyone — and why we need to do so again.

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Equality in the U.S. Starts with Better Jobs Opinion | Harvard Business Review  
Zeynop Ton argues that business leaders should care about having too many employees with low-wage, “bad jobs” and offers six steps to begin transforming those jobs into good jobs.
 
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The Outdated Tax Provision Holding Back Economic Recovery Opinion | RealClear Policy
Authors Scott Pulsipher and Michael B. Horn argue that a major obstacle to employers investing more in their employees’ education is Section 127 of the tax code – which has frozen a key training credit since 1986 – and lend their support to a bi-partisan Senate proposal to increase the annual credit to $12,000 per employee.

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announcements
WES Mariam Assefa Fund Announces Job Openings World Education Service | New York, NY (Remote)  
The WES Mariam Assefa Fund is growing and hiring for several roles, including:

Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships Manager: This person will drive external partnerships with other funders and stakeholders, strengthen linkages within the team and across WES, and manage key internal strategic planning, knowledge management, and operational initiatives. Learn More

Program Associate: This person will provide strategic and administrative support for our rapidly growing U.S. grantee partner community and work with Fund colleagues to shape and implement new philanthropic initiatives in the U.S. Learn More
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