Why This Matters is a series from Roosevelt staff connecting our individual work—from papers to reports and everything in between—to our broader vision of creating a better, more equitable economic and political system. This series will give readers the top takeaways from our latest writing and thinking, with a focus on why they matter as we

The 2016 corruption scandal at Wells Fargo, in which executives pressured employees to meet “wildly unrealistic sales targets,” created a work environment described as “relentless pressure.” Once revealed, the massive fraud committed against millions of consumers led to congressional hearings, substantial fines by state and federal regulators, and a series of announced changes by Wells

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 16, 2018 CONTACT: Mariam Ahmed, mariam.ahmed@berlinrosen.com   NEW ROOSEVELT PAPER EXPOSES FLAWS IN CONVENTIONAL UNDERSTANDING OF STUDENT DEBT Higher education, labor experts show student debt drives systemic economic insecurity   NEW YORK, NY  – With total student debt in the U.S. reaching a record high of over $1.5 trillion, the Roosevelt

As tuition has risen over the last several decades in the U.S., student loan debt has ballooned. Despite growing debt loads, federal policy encourages the use of loans for financing higher education, based on the assumption that student debt supports increased postsecondary attainment—and, in turn, improved outcomes for individuals and our economy as a whole.

In Left Behind: Snapshots from the 21st Century Labor Market, Roosevelt Program Director Rakeen Mabud and Program Associate Jess Forden explore today’s changing economy and the future of work through the lens of six occupations: carework, food service, manufacturing, mining, nursing, and trucking. Despite a seemingly robust and healthy economy, as indicated by headline measures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 3, 2018 CONTACT: Mariam Ahmed, mariam.ahmed@berlinrosen.com   UNPACKING THE “FUTURE OF WORK”: ROOSEVELT INSTITUTE PANEL, NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHT CHALLENGES FOR 21ST CENTURY WORKERS New report and speakers from Roosevelt Institute, Economic Security Project, National Women’s Law Center, and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United explore workers’ economic insecurity   WASHINGTON, DC – Amid

Economic insecurity is a persistent reality for millions of Americans. The promise of steady, secure employment—and the fundamental relationship between employers and employees—has been eroding for decades. Wages have been stagnant since the 1970s, and the rise of contingent labor means that workers can no longer depend on employers for crucial benefits, such as health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 14, 2018 CONTACT: Mariam Ahmed, mariam.ahmed@berlinrosen.com   NEW REPORT: U.S. ECONOMY NEEDS A PUBLIC OPTION FOR FINANCE Leading Progressive Think Tank Argues a Public Banking Option Necessary to Meet the Needs of Households and Communities, Improve Entire Sector   NEW YORK, NY – In a new report, the Roosevelt Institute calls

Banks today are increasingly consolidating branch locations, while also moving away from low-cost financial services to high-profit activities, leaving marginalized Americans underserved and left behind in today’s economy. Without access to basic banking services, such as checking and savings accounts or small loans, consumers are vulnerable
to a host of financial abuses. To foster a more