Artificial intelligence and related technologies will have profound effects on the future of work in all industries and occupations, including education. But technology has no predetermined effects. How it will change work, working conditions, and the performance of organizations depends on who participates in the key decisions that (1) define the problems technology is asked to solve, (2) set the design parameters that shape specific applications, (3) link new technologies and work processes, (4) ensure that the workforce is well-prepared to use advanced technologies, (5) determine who controls the data generated by these tools, and (6) address the needs of workers whose jobs may be at risk. Yet in the United States workers and their unions are too often limited to negotiating over the impact of technology on wages, hours, and working conditions long after many of these critical design choices and related decisions are made. Unions in general and teacher unions in particular need a proactive strategy to gain a voice in each stage of the process of technology development and use. This article outlines the elements of a proactive union technology strategy for teachers and their unions.



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