New Economy

Another Victory for Workers in Seattle—This Time It’s Their Schedules
by Melissa Hellmann
Thanks to an ordinance passed last month, service and retail workers will finally get reasonable shift schedules, along with their $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Before Europe Lets Uber Run Wild, It Should Consider What It Did to US Workers
by Jamie K. McCallum
An unregulated Uber has helped to create an economy where part-time, low-wage, on-demand work is the new norm. Should Europe really follow suit?
Who Replaced 9-to-5 Workers?
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
In just a few years, half of all workers will be outside the traditional economy. Not just artists and farmers but business people and professors, too.
For Workers Who Feel Like Part of a Machine, These Companies Get It Right
by Christa Hillstrom
The Good Work Code attempts to re-examine what workers and employers want and to build jobs around shared values.
I Took a Side Job Selling Cherries at Pike Place—And Now Love the Farming World
by Fan Kong
There is a profound sense of community born from the gathering of people and the exchange of goods at a market.
The Pipeline Strikes Back: The Audacity of TransCanada's $15B Suit Against the U.S.
by Jim Shultz
The political saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is like a real-life version of The Force Awakens. So why are we giving the Dark Side even more power?
Income Inequality Is a Health Hazard—Even for the Rich
by Yessenia Funes
A public health researcher explains why life expectancy in the United States is falling, and it has to do with income inequality rising.
5 Apps for the Sharing Economy (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
FDA approves genetically engineered salmon, gun control debates overlook the biggest group of gun violence victims—black men—and apps that might help you put old stuff to new use.
10 Reasons to Leave Your Company to Your Workers When You Retire
by Rob Brown
It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity: Selling to employees can yield a better price, preserve a legacy, keep jobs and profits local—and maybe even eradicate inequality.
What If We Owned the Internet Together? It’s Time to Bring the Co-op Revolution to the Web
by Nathan Schneider, Trebor Scholz
The flourishing of farmers markets and credit unions demonstrates a longing for business that serves the common good. Can it infiltrate the Amazon-dominated, Uberized Internet?
How Creative Finance Launched Worker-Owned Co-ops In Post-Sandy New York
by Araz Hachadourian
Half of small businesses don’t make it past the first five years, and owners lose everything trying to pay off the loans. The Working World lets co-ops stabilize before repayment even begins.
Meet the 1 Percenters Finding Solace in Wealth Redistribution
by Kate Aronoff
A growing cadre of the owning class is crafting a healthier relationship to the other 99 percent: “It is not about individual therapy or even engaging in philanthropy or charity. It’s about collective action.”
California Challenges Gender Discrimination With Equal Pay Law (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
A Louisiana university helps solve the national shortage of black doctors, Uber drivers are left with car payments after a raise in fees, and Mother Jones explores whether mammograms do more harm than good.
1.5 Million American Families Live on $2 a Day—These Authors Spent Years Finding Out Why
by Marcus Harrison Green
For their new book, H. Luke Shaefer and Kathryn J. Edin followed the lives of America’s poorest families to find out what they need to break out of poverty, and how to make it happen.
Infographic: A History of Debt Forgiveness and Relief
by Lindsey Weedston, Jennifer Luxton
As long as there has been lending, there have been times when the people’s debt becomes a crisis. Here’s a look at the policy solutions governments have been using, starting in ancient Sumer.