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Tomorrow at Walmart’s shareholders’ meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart workers will call out America’s broken corporate governance system and propose that Walmart workers be included on its board of directors. Walmart associate Cat Davis will be joined by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who will speak on behalf of workers’ right to participate in corporate decision-making.

Economic inequality is on the rise. Corporate “shareholder primacy” means that the vast majority of today’s record corporate profits are used to increase the wealth of shareholders, through dividends and stock buybacks.[1] Meanwhile, real wages for non-executive workers have essentially remained stagnant for decades. Increasing worker bargaining power in the 21st century is necessary, and

This blog post is based off of remarks given at “Wall Street and the Next Recession: Protecting Main Street in the Next Economic Downturn,” an event co-sponsored by Americans for Financial Reform and the Center for Popular Democracy at the US Senate. One thing is certain about markets: they go up and they go down.

Corporate profits are at record highs and unemployment is below 5 percent, yet 40 percent of Americans say that they would not be able to meet a $400 emergency. For too long we’ve been guided by the 50-year-old myth that fewer regulations and lower taxes on corporations and the wealthy will lead to economic growth

For nearly half of a century, America’s public corporations have been driven by a shareholder primacy approach to corporate governance, increasingly prioritizing shareholder payments over other, more productive uses of corporate resources. Over the same period, employee bargaining power has decreased and wages for nonexecutive workers have remained flat across sectors. In Ending Shareholder Primacy in Corporate Governance,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2019 CONTACT: Ariela Weinberger, aweinberger@rooseveltinstitute.org   Roosevelt Senior Economist Explores Corporate Prosperity and the Decline of Employee Bargaining Power Research finds that the rise of shareholder primacy has contributed to America’s high-profit, low-wage economy   NEW YORK, NY – Today, the Roosevelt Institute, a New York-based think tank that promotes

Democratic Accountability

The Roosevelt Institute believes that restoring our democracy goes hand in hand with reforming our economy. Currently, the wealthy and well-connected are able to buy influence over the policymaking process—stacking the deck against the rest of us. As a result, corruption in government stands in the way of addressing nearly every issue on the progressive

Recently, The New York Times published a report about women who, while working in physically demanding jobs, lost their pregnancies after requests for less-strenuous assignments were denied. The profile is a tragic example of the steep toll levied on women, and particularly women of color, who face economic and social rules that are rigged against

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2018 CONTACT: Mariam Ahmed, mariam.ahmed@berlinrosen.com   THE CALL TO REPLACE SHAREHOLDER PRIMACY: RESHAPING CORPORATE LAW TO PROMOTE WORKERS’ INTERESTS, A BETTER ECONOMY Roosevelt Institute brief calls for decentering shareholders in corporate decision-making NEW YORK, NY  – The Roosevelt Institute today released a new issue brief, Towards ‘Accountable Capitalism’: Remaking Corporate

MEDIA ADVISORY: August 15, 2018 CONTACT: Kendra Bozarth, kbozarth@rooseveltinstitute.org STATEMENT: Roosevelt Institute Policy Counsel Responds to Bill Introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Amplify Worker Voice New York, NY—Today, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced legislation that would require large corporations to consider the interests of employees and other stakeholders in their decision-making. The Accountable Capitalism Act