On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the unemployment figures for May. As expected, the reported unemployment rate was very low—3.6 percent, the same as last month. Combined with the steady growth in employment over the past few years, this level of unemployment—not seen since the 1960s—suggests an exceptionally strong labor market by historical

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.

This week I’ve been lucky enough to have a number of fascinating reads fall into my lap/inbox/text message notifications. The first of which is “Funambulist, Issue No. 23: Insurgent Architecture.” The Funambulist is a bi-monthly publication that challenges its readers to address “spatial perspectives on political anticolonial, antiracist, queer, feminist and/or antiableist struggles in various

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In “The Cost of Capture: How the Pharmaceutical Industry Has Corrupted Policymakers and Harmed Patients,” Roosevelt Fellow Julie Margetta Morgan and Advocacy Associate Devin Duffy explore how drug companies influence policymakers and what this means for patients, the American health care system, and our economy. One of a series on Big Pharma, this issue brief

As of late, I’ve been doing my utmost to find the silver linings of an otherwise frightening, frustrating, and disappointing news cycle—a rather difficult task in this political moment. There’s the legal fight brewing over Roe v. Wade, and Emily Peck’s sobering piece in HuffPost on the economic peril faced by women—and especially women of

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

Each Saturday, a Roosevelt staff member will share 3-5 articles that they consider must-reads. This week, Roosevelt Communications Director Kendra Bozarth is sharing an antitrust reading list and elevates the hidden rules of drug addiction. I recently finished Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister, which is fitting because I am definitely a woman signaling fury

Digital platforms play a central role in the economy and Americans’ everyday lives. Each platform has distinct characteristics, but specific concerns about their dominance in the marketplace—and on key parts of daily life—have grown in recent years. In The Case for the Digital Platform Act: Market Structure and Regulation of Digital Platforms, Public Knowledge Senior Vice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2019 CONTACT: Ariela Weinberger, aweinberger@rooseveltinstitute.org For the Many, not the Few: Building an Inclusive Economy in the Age of Free Markets New Roosevelt issue brief argues that America’s markets-first approach is failing and it is time for the government to provide essential goods and services in direct competition with private

Despite individual policies polling better than conservative proposals—on health care, education, and taxes, for example—the public has yet to fully comprehend what progressives actually stand for. Progressive policymakers need a worldview that connects laundry lists of policy solutions to people’s daily lives, and a new issue brief by our colleagues offers just that. In “Increasing