MANSFIELD, OH – On Tuesday, Sept. Sept. 3, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will host a roundtable in Mansfield as he prepares to introduce legislation to provide critical resources to workers when companies decide to adopt new technology that will affect their jobs.
The event is slated for 11:30 a.m. at the United Steelworkers Local 169 headquarters, 376 Longview Ave. West, Mansfield, Ohio, 44903.
Brown will be joined at the roundtable discussion by representatives from local labor organizations and worker advocates to talk about his bill and ways to support workers in the face of increased automation.
Brown’s Workers’ Right to Training Act of 2019 would:
· Require companies to provide 180 days advanced notice to workers when new technology will change employment positions and provide 270 days advanced notice if jobs will be eliminated. Employers must bargain directly with employees on how best to implement new technology.
· Require employers to pay for and provide on-the-job training to any employees who will be affected by the introduction of new technology. Companies must either provide training to employees whose jobs will change as a result of new technology or to employees who will lose their job to help these workers obtain a different position at a similar company.
· Require employers to provide six-month severance to all workers who lose their jobs as a result of new technology.