Dustin Rabi

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The inevitable transition to an automation-driven workforce, economy, and society is generating excitement in some and discomfort in others. Researchers have estimated that anywhere between 10—50% of today’s jobs are susceptible to automation. Furthermore, private firms are highly incentivized to adopt new technologies as a way to remain competitive in their respective markets. In anticipation of this potential economic paradigm shift, Congress requested the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to obtain more ascertainable data as to what is currently understood about how the adoption of advanced technologies will affect the U.S. workforce. Nine months after the report was published, on December 12, 2019, Senate Bill S. 3034, “Trade Adjustment Assistance for Automation Act of 2019,” was introduced and referred to the Committee on Finance. This article will analyze the findings published by GAO and evaluate how S. 3034 and other strategies such as collective bargaining will measure against the growing backdrop of economist’s uncertainties and concerns relating widespread job displacement with automation.