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Gillibrand announces legislation to benefit displaced workers

Gillibrand announces legislation to benefit displaced workers

June 12, 2018 03:51 PM

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced new legislation on Tuesday that would provide Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits to workers who are displaced due to automation.

This comes after a new report released this Week by the Center for an Urban Future, 1.2 Million Jobs in New York state could be eliminated and replaced by technology such as robotics and artificial intelligence.

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Gillibrand’s legislation would expand the TAA Program to help protect workers who lose their jobs due to automation, so that they can get the skills and training they need to be prepared for high-tech jobs of the future.

The legislation benefits would include training for employment in another job or career, income support, job search allowance and relocation allowances according to Gillibrand.

Within western New York there are 105,220 highly automatable jobs with an estimated $10.9 billion in annual wages that can be lost due to automation in the region.

“More than a million New Yorkers have jobs that are at risk of being taken over in some way by automation, and we have to be ready for that change,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Congress has a responsibility to make sure that if a worker loses their job because of automation, they land on their feet. We can’t leave anyone stranded. I’m proud to announce the TAA for Automation Act, which would update the TAA program so it protects workers whose jobs are lost because of automation. We have to recognize that automation is only going to increase in our state, and we have to be ready to respond when it happens. I encourage all New Yorkers to keep speaking out and demanding that our government is taking these changes to our economy seriously, and I will do everything I can in the Senate to pass this bill into law.”

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