New Economy

The Next Big Thing: Job Benefits That Go Where You Go
by Chris Farrell
We need to overhaul America’s social safety net, which was designed for a different labor market and 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.
For Those Who Don’t Want to Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils
by Peter White
Ranked-choice voting is catching on, and Maine might become the first state to help citizens vote for candidates they actually want.
Trump’s Fake Critique of Trade Deals Leaves Out Workers
by Jonathan Rosenblum
We must build a movement for trade justice that rejects both Trump’s opportunism and the long-standing neoliberalism of the major political parties.
“I Work Like an Independent Worker, and I Feel Happy”
by Sylvia A. Harvey
What today’s workers can learn from day laborers and domestic workers about job security, health benefits, and retirement.
Divest From Prisons, Invest in People—What Justice for Black Lives Really Looks Like
by Liza Bayless
Instead of addressing the roots of drug addiction, mental illness, and poverty, we’ve come to accept policing and incarceration as catch-all solutions. It’s time for a change.
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?
The Elephant in the Room: What Trump, Clinton, and Even Stein Are Missing
by David Korten
What is the most important—yet neglected—issue in the political debate? Hint: It isn’t the ideal body weight of Miss Universe. Part 1.
8 Cities Have New Co-op-Style Black Worker Centers—And They’re Tackling Unemployment
by Melissa Hellmann
A member-led cooperative structure empowers Black workers as they navigate challenges like discriminatory hiring practices and high incarceration rates.
How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline
by Emily Fuller
Here are CEO names, emails, and phone numbers—because banks have choices when it comes to what projects they give loans to.
How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in America
by Lornet Turnbull
Voters are automatically registered at the DMV, then can easily vote in elections by mail-in ballot.
National Prison Strike Exposes Need for Labor Rights Behind Bars
by Melissa Hellmann
At 29 prisons, thousands of inmates have stopped work to protest unfair labor practices. So where are the unions?
Finally, Jobs That Work for Parenting
by Anne Miller
Right now I’m not worried about the glass ceiling. For now, with a young child, I’m embracing freelance work.
The Other Housing Crisis: Finding a Home in Rural America
by Melissa Hellmann
Thirty percent of rural Americans have substandard housing—and it’s expensive. But these communities are finding ways to give low-income residents homes of their own.
A Strategy to Stop the Funding Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline
by Bill McKibben
A key pipeline loan is still pending, and banks can be vulnerable to public pressure. We can fight alongside the Standing Rock Sioux at any one of 38 banks.