How DPE Can Be a Source for Collective Action
Part I will examine employment growth projections for the next 10 years and what that means for professional and technical workers
Using growth projections from the BLS and other sources, we will identify issues that affect professional and technical workers inside and outside of affiliates’ “traditional” boundaries. We will study the changing demographics of the workforce (women, people of color, baby boomer retirements) and the challenges and opportunities that presents.
Part II will examine how new and evolving technologies affect the work your members do
The jobs and job skills necessary for all workers change because of new technologies but there are unique challenges for professional and technical workers. It’s critical to study how work may evolve and how that would impact affiliates and your members.
Part III will look at past and present professional development programs from affiliates, non-DPE unions and other organizations to compile best practices for new and continuing programs
One challenge is how can we identify new work that will emerge over the next decade and what we can do to prepare members that work? Another challenge is understanding what new skills will be necessary for the jobs your members do now and how can we prepare them for the changes coming? What can be applied from studying existing skills training by the affiliates for new kinds of work affiliates should represent.
Part IV will assess other factors that impact your members, including precarious work, privatization, freelancers, outsourcing, offshoring, collusion by employers, visas and legislation
While the topics are varied, the result is the same. The threats to jobs or to terms and conditions of employment range from lower pay and benefits to job losses. There is no evidence of a let up in efforts to put downward pressure on pay and benefits for higher paid, higher skilled workers. We will examine how affiliates, the DPE and other professional organizations are responding.
Part V will answer the question, “Can there be a worker center model for professional and technical workers?”
There are, and have been, many experiments both inside and outside of the AFL-CIO. We will study organizations from the perspective of the professional and technical worker.
Part VI will put it all altogether
We will explore how to use the knowledge gained in Parts I through V to help the affiliates continue to build their union.