Job Quality

NEW YORK - Just in time for Black Friday, when consumers rely on scores of retail workers to help them navigate the stressful holiday season, a new study released today by national public policy center Demos, Retail’s Hidden Potential: How Raising Wages Would Benefit Workers, the Industry and the...
11/19/2012
Press Release
The continued dominance of low wages in this sector weakens our nation’s capacity to boost living standards and economic growth. Retail’s low-wage employment means that even Americans who work full-time fail to make ends meet, and growth slows because too few families have enough remaining in each...
11/18/2012
Data Byte
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Demos Vice President Heather McGhee argues with David Frum over whether the largest retailers, like Walmart, can afford to better pay their workers. "[The largest retailers'] profits are booming and the reason why is,...
11/18/2012
Video
Henry Ford famously decided in 1914 to pay many of his workers the then incredible sum of five dollars a day, which was substantially higher than the prevailing wage at the time. While that wasn't done specifically to enable Ford's workers to buy his cars (his primary objective was to reduce...
11/18/2012
News/Resource
The American Dream used to mean that if you put in a hard day's work, you could expect good wages, benefits, and a better life for your kids. But the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middle-class life in return for hard work are in short supply in Michigan—the state’s unemployment rate is one...
07/11/2012
Publication
Tamara Draut, Vice President of Policy & Programs at Demos, discusses the decline in job quality in the United States, and the need for public financing of elections and a constitutional amendment to say that money is not speech. Watch the program at CSPAN.org >>> Following...
04/02/2012
Video
The Congressional Progressive Caucus Fiscal Year 2013 budget, Budget for All, offers an important alternative to both the Obama Administration’s budget and that presented last week by Paul Ryan and the House Budget Committee. The CPC budget would accomplish several important goals at once: 1)...
03/29/2012
Publication
We have heard a great deal this evening about the very urgent need for jobs in this country and for public investment that can both create those jobs and address public needs and get our economy moving again with a strong trajectory for the future. We need it! And it will ultimately help to address...
03/22/2012
Publication
Say you’ve got a booming industry, one that already employs 2 million workers in the U.S. and is poised to add 1.3 million additional jobs by 2020. Imagine that the jobs cannot be off-shored, that the work helps decrease federal deficits, and millions of Americans depend on the industry just to get...
03/22/2012
News/Resource
In November of 2010, New York state’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights—the first such law in the nation—went into effect, giving some 200,000 nannies, health aides, housekeepers, private cooks, and other at-home workers considerable power to address the poor conditions they often encounter in their...
02/24/2012
News/Resource
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