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Workin' It

The “Workin’ It” series highlights how Oregonians are being impacted by the transformation of the social and economic organization of work and related governmental policies. Funding for this series comes from the University of Oregon Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics.

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    Jason Brown
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    KLCC
    As part of "Workin' It," our series on the future of work, KLCC's Karen Richards hosted this special program on the future of K-12 education. With guests Sabrina Gordon of the Eugene Education Association and Workforce Analyst Henry Fields, the discussion explores the state of education today, as well as the needs, challenges, and innovations that may arise in coming years.
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    Karen Richards
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    KLCC
    The restaurant industry took a big hit during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. As more people go out to eat this summer, KLCC looks at what’s changed, maybe for the long term. This is the final installment in our series, “Workin’ It.”
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    Conger Design
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    Caring for babies or family with medical issues takes people away from their jobs. Some, especially the lowest wage earners, don’t get those jobs back. To support care work, Oregon was the ninth state to pass a Paid Family and Medical Leave Act.
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    Karen Richards
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    KLCC
    About half of Oregonians worked remotely at some point in the past two years. They liked it a lot. We look at the impacts of remote work as part of our series on the future of work, “Workin’ It.”
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    Karen Richards
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    It may seem contradictory, but while many businesses closed during the pandemic, a record number of new businesses launched in Oregon. We look into why, as part of our series on the future of work: “Workin’ It.”
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    Karen Richards
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    “Now Hiring” is a sign of the times in Oregon, as many economic sectors face a worker shortage. One employment model gets people into jobs right away with little to no debt, and a chance at stable, lifelong employment. Apprenticeship is the topic for the second story in our series, “Workin’ It.”
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    Karen Richards
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    Oregon’s farm production depends on field workers to tend and harvest the crops. New technology could affect farmworkers for better or worse. Farm owners…
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    Karen Richards
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    Growing crops is already a field with a lot of inherent risk. Add Oregon’s increasing heat waves and wildfire smoke, as well as the effects of the…