CLEVELAND, OH –On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will kick off a statewide tour as he prepares to introduce legislation to provide critical resources to workers when companies decide to adopt new technology that will affect their jobs. Brown is set to introduce the Workers’ Right to Training Act of 2019 when Congress reconvenes and will be talking to Ohioans across the state about his bill and ways to support workers in the face of increased automation.
“No matter how technology changes, Ohio workers will always be our greatest resource,” said Brown. “But right now, too many workers are left behind when companies decide to adopt new technology. We must work to ensure that workers aren’t treated as a cost to be minimized but rather treated with the dignity they’ve earned to have an equal say in how best to implement new technology in the workplace.”
Brown will host events on his Workers’ Right to Training Act at the locations listed below. All of the events will be open to media and more information will be sent to local media ahead of the event.
Brown’s Workers’ Right to Training Act will benefit workers by requiring companies to provide advance notice of any technology changes that may affect workers’ jobs and provide training to these workers in advance of adopting the new technology.
Specifically, Brown’s bill would:
By mandating employers consult and compensate employees whose jobs are changed or lost due to technology, the Workers’ Right to Training Act will ensure the adoption of technology in the workplace will be done in a just way for workers. By helping workers affected by technology to receive the training they need, the bill will also help to ensure the U.S. workforce remains high-skilled and capable of competing in a global economy.