In his last State of the Union address, referring to the need for a higher minimum wage, paid leave, and equal pay for equal work, President Obama declared, “I won’t rest until they get done.” It’s time he used the purchasing power of the federal government to show he means it. As Americans continue to

The Next American Economy’s video series on “The Good Economy of 2040″ continues this week with Denise Cheng from the MIT Center for Civic Media and the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation. Cheng is an advocate of open government initiatives like open data and participatory budget projects. But if she had to pick

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This week, the Roosevelt Institute’s Next American Economy project is releasing a series of thought briefs in which experts examine how the economy will change over the next 25 years. Read the introduction here. Fifty years ago, the path to professional success and economic stability was pretty clear: Get good grades -> Go to college -> Find a

This week, the Roosevelt Institute’s Next American Economy project is releasing a series of thought briefs in which experts examine how the economy will change over the next 25 years. Read the introduction here. Digital platforms are the base upon which an increasing number of activities—economic, social, and political—are being organized. If the Industrial Revolution was

The Roosevelt Institute today released the following statement in response to Hillary Clinton’s economic speech at the New School: Today, Hillary Clinton began outlining a comprehensive framework for tackling America’s problems of slow economic growth, low investment, and stagnant wages. Secretary Clinton’s speech reinforced an argument made by the Roosevelt Institute and supported by the

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This week, the Roosevelt Institute’s Next American Economy project is releasing a series of thought briefs in which experts examine how the economy will change over the next 25 years. Read the introduction here. We can only envision the union of the future by imagining the experiences of the worker of the future. Who is she?

This week, the Roosevelt Institute’s Next American Economy project is releasing a series of thought briefs in which experts examine how the economy will change over the next 25 years. Read the introduction here. “You have to be an optimist to believe in the Singularity,” she says, “and that’s harder than it seems. Have you

Early in the morning factory whistle blows / Man rises from bed and puts on his clothes / Man takes his lunch, walks out in the morning light / It’s the working, the working, just the working life —Bruce Springsteen, “Factory” (1978) The predestined, blue-collar lifestyle that Bruce Springsteen sang about in Darkness on the

Earlier this month, the New York City Council enacted basic protections for workers at car washes, one group of exploited, largely immigrant workers. Next up on the City Council’s to-do list should be reversing a court decision that robbed taxi drivers, another group of mostly immigrant workers, of health and disability benefits. New York City’s

Following the most recent work stoppage by port truck drivers in southern California, Los Angeles Mayer Eric Garcetti announced the formation of a new trucking company, which will be a model for good pay and protecting the environment. The announcement takes the port drivers’ ongoing protest of low-wages and exploitative working conditions to a new