Some call it a “basic income.” Others call it a “guaranteed minimum income.” Whatever you call it, the idea of providing direct cash payments to citizens has come in and out of vogue for at least 60 years in the United States. In recent years, however, driven by declining job security and the stagnant pay of

Rewrite the Racial Rules: Building an Inclusive American Economy argues that, in order to understand racial and economic inequality among black Americans, we must acknowledge the racial rules that undergird our economy and society. Those rules—laws, policies, institutions, regulations, and normative practices—are the driving force behind the patently unequal life chances and opportunities for too many individuals. In

Work & Labor

The Roosevelt Institute seeks to develop a new set of labor rules and institutions that will expand economic security and opportunity in the 21st century workplace. The modern U.S. economy—powered by sectors excluded from labor protections, fueled by global supply chains, organized through sub-contracting and online platforms—hardly resembles the economy of the mid-20th century, when

On his MSNBC show Nerding Out, Roosevelt Fellow Dorian Warren hosted a discussion on Roosevelt’s new Blueprint to Empower Workers with Buzzfeed’s Cora Lewis, LA Black Worker Center’s Lola Smallwood Cuevas, and the Washington Post’s Lydia Depillis. Watch the whole discussion.

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In a piece in the Huffington Post before the first Democratic debate Roosevelt Dorian Warren calls on all presidential candidates to step up to the plate and offer bold solutions to fix the economy and help American families. It’s time for a bold national agenda to address the crisis families are facing in trying to

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In Salon Roosevelt Fellow Dorian Warren writes about the White House Summit on Worker Voice and it’s implications for 2016 candidates, unions everywhere, and the fight against inequality. He looks at the critical role that workers and unions are playing in campaigns across the country. With polling showing increased public support for unions, especially from millennials, Warren concludes:

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While the White House hosted a summit on worker’s voice, the Roosevelt Institute released it Blueprint to Empower Workers as part of the Future of Work project. The Washington Post coverage the summit and called our Blueprint: A comprehensive agenda for policy changes that could bolster the bargaining power of workers Read It’s Been A While

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The Blueprint to Empower Workers for Shared Prosperity, a report by Roosevelt Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch, Roosevelt Fellow Dorian Warren, and Project Manager Andy Shen, is the culmination of a two-year process that brought together labor unions, academics, leading thinkers from worker organizing centers, community and policy groups, and attorneys to identify major areas in which

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Is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) broken? Yes. But does that mean it is irrelevant for workers attempting to organize? No. As data in this paper shows, particularly when focused on certain demographic groups, labor unions are still using the NLRB, and in many cases, very effectively. This paper examines the use of the NLRB election process since 2000,

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More than 50 years since passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, the little progress we have made as a country in ending job segregation by race and gender has stalled. As women and people of color make up a growing majority of America’s workforce, we must find new and innovative solutions to ending workplace

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