"What do we need to do differently? We're not trying to fix the workers. We have to fix the work, and we have to fix the system." – Jill Rizika
In-person forum on Friday, July 22, 2022
- Bishara Addison
Director, Job Preparation, The Fund for Our Economic Future
- Jill Rizika
President & CEO , Towards Employment
- Renée Timberlake
Director, Economic Mobility, United Way Greater Cleveland
- Teleange' Thomas
Chief Operations & Relationship Officer, JumpStart Inc.
Recent news about a strong job market may sound like great news for workers. But in Ohio, even as the economy appears to be rebounding, vacancies and high turnover remain. In a recent survey of over 750 local employers by the Fund for our Economic Future, nearly 80% confirmed that they are struggling to not only attract, but also retain employees.
The COVID pandemic has ushered in a new reality for workers, especially women, and access to economic opportunity has become about more than just going to work. A worker's ability to succeed in their job is determined by a supporting framework of opportunities--called "social determinants of work." This includes reliable transportation, dependable childcare, paid leave, and access to healthcare--to name a few.
Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with Ideastream Public Media is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.