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What’s In Store For The Future Of Houston’s Workforce?

From checking work email from home, to increased automation, Houston Matters discusses the different challenges facing Houston workers in the 21st century.


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Today is May 1st – or May Day, a date which is celebrated as International Workers Day.

On this date in 1886, there was a general strike in the United States, as workers demanded an 8-hour work day, which has been the standard since the first half of the 20th century.

Times have changed a great deal for workers since. So, what are the battle lines on which future workers' disputes might be drawn?

As union influence has declined, and managers increasingly expect employees to be "plugged in" 24/7, how can all of us in the workforce set appropriate boundaries and expectations at work? How else will increasing automation and technology impact the workforce? What other challenges will workers in Houston face as the 21st century marches on?

Houston Matters host Craig Cohen gets answers to those questions from Peter Beard from the Greater Houston Partnership and Ciara Major from SER-Jobs for Progress.