A Panel Discussion about Worker Perspectives & Community Voices on the Need to Improve Job Quality
Date and time: Friday, 2/24/2023 from 11:00am – 1:00pm (Central Time), with networking lunch following
Location: Jackson State University – College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET) Auditorium (1807 John R. Lynch St, Jackson, MS 39203). Parking is available around the building. You can park in any non-reserved spots
Description: Manufacturing is big business in Mississippi and Alabama. Global firms and local suppliers employ thousands of workers who assemble and manufacture goods for industries ranging from aerospace to office furniture. Many large manufacturing firms are recruited to the region by economic development officials and local politicians in search of economic growth. However, despite decades of firm recruitment and continued growth of their manufacturing sectors, communities in Mississippi and Alabama continue to struggle along key indicators such as poverty and childhood well-being.
This event features a new report from Drs. Emily Erickson and Berneece S. Herbert that presents survey data from 1,300 manufacturing workers to assess the quality of jobs available in the region. The event will feature an overview presentation of the report and a discussion with experts from across academia and local community organizations on the results from this survey and what it means for workers, communities and economies.
Hosted by: Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Jackson State University
Supported by: W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Jobs to Move America
- Report Authors:
- Emily Erickson, Ph.D, University of Warwick
- Berneece S. Herbert, Ph.D, Jackson State University
- Academic Reviewers:
- Valerie Rawlston Wilson, Ph.D, Economic Policy Institute
- Robert Korstad, Ph.D, Duke University
- David Anderson, Ph.D, Louisiana Tech University
- Community Advocates:
- Erica Iheme, Jobs to Move America
- Sanchioni Butler, Mississippi Association of Educators
- Scott Douglas, Greater Birmingham Ministries
For questions or more information, please contact Iain Gold.
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