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Mayor Durkan Named as Chair of the United States Conference of Mayors Automation and Future of Work Task Force

Seattle (January 22, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan was
appointed to serve as Chair of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM)
Automation and Future of Work Task Force. Under Mayor Durkan’s leadership, the
Task Force will focus on developing innovative, progressive policies that center
around youth opportunity and workers while addressing the changes caused by new
technology and the gig economy.

“We are living in the most disruptive
era since the Industrial Revolution. Long-term jobs are giving way to gig work,
and real wages have barely budged for working people,” said Mayor Durkan. “In
Seattle we’re working to address this by implementing policies, like Fare Share
and Opportunity Promise, that protect workers and ensure we’re developing a pipeline of local
talent. I look forward to working with my fellow mayors on this Task Force to
find new, innovative ways to fight for the rights and dignities of our workers
in this rapidly changing economy.”

Mayor Durkan held her first meeting as
Chair of the Automation and Future of Work Task Force today, January 22, and
hosted a discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Reynolds, Co-Chair of the MIT Work of
the Future Task Force; Alastair Fitzpayne, Executive Director of the Future of
Work Initiative at the Aspen Institute; and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The panelists discussed how cities are addressing automation and working to
expand the social safety net for workers in the midst of the transformational
gig economy.

“I am confident that Mayor Durkan’s
strong leadership and expertise will help guide the Conference’s conversations
about the critical impact automation and the gig economy are having on our
cities,” said Bryan K. Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills (MI) and President of
the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “The work she is doing in Seattle to create
a workforce that is ready for the future is exemplary. We look forward to
working with her to ensure that the tech-fueled growth we are experiencing in
cities benefits all of our citizens.”

Mayor Durkan will Chair the USCM
Automation and Future of Work Task Force alongside three Vice Chairs: Mayor
McKinley Price of Newport News, VA; Mayor Denny Doyle of Beaverton, OR; and
Mayor Neil O’Leary of Waterbury, CT.