A Labor Policy Strategy for Transforming the American Workplace

by Thomas Kochan President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to take immediate actions to respond to the deepening economic crisis and to embark on an ambitious strategy to transform the American economy to once again make it work for all Americans. Such a transformation will require significant changes in the American workplace to create and sustain jobs that fully utilize workers’ knowledge and skills, drive innovation and productivity and ensure workers share equitably in the prosperity generated. The central task of the Obama Administration’s labor and employment appointees is to facilitate this transformation. This will require a coordinated effort across all labor and employment agencies, hard work with the Congress to achieve a set of necessary legislative reforms, and leadership in engaging business, labor, and community groups working with government toward this common goal. full commentary »