The White House, the Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress will host a Summit on Working Families to set an agenda for a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.
Leading up to the June 23 White House Summit on Working Families, the Department of Labor will host forums across the United States to identify initiatives that benefit America’s working families, businesses and economy. These discussions will help inform the national Summit, which will build momentum around key policy goals and best practices to help both workers and businesses succeed.
The forums will convene businesses, academics, labor leaders, state and local elected officials, tribal leaders, advocates, media, and workers to discuss issues facing the entire spectrum of working families – from young people just starting their work lives, to low-wage workers, to corporate executives; from parents caring for their children to grown up children caring for their own aging parents. Addressing these issues isn’t just the right thing to do for workers – it’s critical to our future competitiveness in the global economy. Removing the barriers that keep our best talent from participating fully in our workforce is key to ensuring that all American businesses can compete in the 21st century.
The White House Summit on Working Families will explore how all sectors can work together on key issues including workplace flexibility and paid leave, equal pay, workplace diversity inclusiveness, career advancement, access to non-traditional and STEM jobs, worker retention and promotion, opportunities for low-wage workers, elder care, childcare, and early childhood education. And it will lift up promising and best practices of leading companies and develop solutions for bringing such practices to scale, across industries and for all types of workers.
Thomas E. Perez
U.S. Secretary of Labor
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