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Education and Labor

“Preparing for the Work of the Future”

Education is the great equalizer. This means that a high-quality public education system is critical to ensuing that no African-American child gets left behind. Unfortunately, more than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, public school systems remain largely separate and unequal. The CBC Education and Labor Task Force is committed to fulfilling the promise of Brown v. Board of Education by analyzing the cause of increased segregation and promoting policies that ensure educational institutions are diverse and inclusive. The Task Force also focuses on strengthening our Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions. And a strong workforce is the backbone of an even stronger economy. Labor participation is a critical issue for the Black community because even in good economic times African-American unemployment remains roughly twice the rate of our White counterparts. The Task Force fights for all workers by supporting labor and employment laws that protect collective bargaining rights, strengthen workplace protections like minimum wage and overtime pay, and prevent employment discrimination on the bases of race, age, sex, religion and other identities. The Task Force is also examining the future of work. It will explore the impact of the expanding role of artificial intelligence and automation and will also explore programs to support career development in areas that will see demand in the future.
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