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ADVISORY: Good Jobs For A Stronger Economy Conference on Oct. 12

Washington, DC—Just as the Senate is set to start a debate on the American Jobs Act, the issue of “job quality” is coming to the fore at a national conference entitled “Good Jobs for a Stronger Economy” on Wednesday, October 12.  This event--sponsored by the national public policy organization Demos, the Economic Policy Institute, the National Employment Law Project, and CLASP-- will bring together employment experts and advocates from the public and private sector to focus on the fact that far too many of today’s jobs fall below what Americans consider decent work.

The “Good Jobs for a Stronger Economy Conference” will outline concrete reform proposals for a policy agenda that could address urgent challenges, such as the fact that nearly a quarter of working adults do not have jobs that pay enough to support a family. Employers engaging in model practices will discuss how they have flourished economically while creating good jobs with sustainable wages and benefits in low-wage industries.
“Good Jobs for a Stronger Economy Conference” Panels and Confirmed Speakers 
Introductions by Tamara Draut, Vice-President of Policy and Programs at Demos
Keynote by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio
Model Employers Panel- Creating Quality Jobs Can Boost Business
--Moderator: Harold Meyerson, Editor-at-Large, The American Prospect
--Leo Hindery, Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners
--Al Fuller, President and CEO, Integrated Packaging Corporation  
--Paul Diamond, Vice President of Human Resources, Addus HealthCare
--Barbara Dyer, President and CEO, Hitachi Foundation
Reforms Panel—What Policy and Practice Reforms Can Improve Job Quality?
--Moderator: Heather McGhee, DC Director, Demos
--Annette Bernhardt, Policy Co-Director, National Employment Law Center
--Marlene Seltzer, President and CEO, Jobs for the Future
--Ernesto Cortes, Jr., Co-chair and Executive Director of the West/Southwest Regional Network, Industrial Areas Foundation
--Peter Colavito, Director of Government Relations, SEIU
Date: October 12, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
*Breakfast will be served
Location: Russell Senate Office Building Room 325, Washington D.C.
Panelists may be available for interviews just before and after the conference. Demos will also publish a briefing paper examining issues of job quality on October 12, and it will be available for download at