Upjohn Institute chosen for Labor Department's inaugural Job Quality Academy

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The Upjohn Institute is leading one of 16 teams nationwide chosen to participate in the U.S. Department of Labor’s first Job Quality Academy. The academy brings teams led by workforce boards and agencies from across the country together to share expertise and develop plans to enhance good jobs and opportunities for workers.  

Upjohn Institute leadership from Michigan Works! Southwest and Pulse are attending the Academy’s first of two in-person summits in Washington, D.C. this week, where teams will begin to develop job quality action plans for their communities, with feedback from other teams and assistance from Academy coaches.  

The Upjohn Institute team draws on the expertise of its multidisciplinary approach to child care to focus the quality of jobs in that sector. The team will focus on principles of a good job, as defined by the departments of Labor and Commerce, including:

  • Pay
  • Benefits 
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion and access 
  • Empowerment and Representation 

Building on the summit, the team will develop a plan, to be revised and finalized at a second D.C. summit, with implementation September through December.   

Date: June 27, 2023