DETROIT (WWJ) – “Was the American Dream…just a dream?” That’s one of the weighty questions tackled at the “Techonomy” Conference in Detroit Tuesday.
Liz Shuler, secretary treasurer of the AFL CIO, was on the panel and says many workers — especially young workers are disillusioned.READ MORE: The Detroit Zoo To Host Its Final Weekend Of Family-Friendly Halloween Event 'Zoo Boo' Oct. 22-24
“Their unemployment levels are double that of the average, they’re drowning under debt whether it’s credit card debt – just to survive or the debt they accumulated trying to get a college degree and now can’t find a job to pay it off,” said Shuler.READ MORE: Tillson Street's Halloween Displays Draws Thousands
The “Techonomy” Conference focused on the role new technology plays in job growth and innovation.
“Historically we have grappled with changes in technology and I think folks here in Detroit know it better than anyone – how do we get on the front edge of it – how do we prepare workers and really invest in the kind of work force development to get highly skilled, highly trianed people that … these companies are looking for.”MORE NEWS: Kalamazoo Tests For Lead Exposure Following High-Lead Level Reports In Other Michigan Cities
Shuler says the Labor Movement has been “grappling” with staying ahead of the technology curve … and believes engaging the next generation is critical.