Focus on workers’ interests

Published 9:42 am Saturday, September 7, 2019

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has been making the rounds in the state lately to discuss the loss of jobs due to changing technology.

While innovation and progress can often benefit workers, it is still a fact that advances in technology can also lead to the elimination of positions as processes change and the old way of doing business can become an outdated model.

Brown was in Youngstown on Thursday, where he introduced Workers’ Right to Training Act of 2019.

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This legislation would require companies to provide advance notice to workers if cuts will be made due to technological changes. The company would also have to provide for the cost of retraining.

While companies should have the right to adapt when the economy demands it, the human costs of these changes should never be taken lightly when business leaders make such calculations.

One person’s idea of savings can mean the livelihood of a family.

We are glad that Brown is starting a discussion with this legislation to get these issues addressed so that workers are not left behind.