The nature of work was rapidly changing before the COVID-19 outbreak: more part-time jobs and gig work, with fewer benefits and lower wages, even in a strong economy. What kind of work do we want when the pandemic passes? Despite calls for “Rooseveltian” responses to this unprecedented pandemic, recently passed relief packages lack the scale and…

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We now face three national crises: A virus that hits our most vulnerable members and communities hardest, an economic collapse that has left more than 40 million looking for work, and the ongoing crisis that has defined America’s history for 400 years.   While I don’t believe that we need another statement from a white…

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I want to provide an update on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our field, and share a little bit about how our colleagues and NYEC are responding. Policy and Advocacy Legislative Advocacy NYEC has organized two letters to congressional leadership so far: one on paid leave for the second legislative package (the so-called CV-2…

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More than eight years into an economic recovery, the labor market is not bringing young people into the labor force. Approximately 4.6 million young Americans remain disconnected from school and work, according to Measure of America. Changing how the labor market works for young people requires a national strategy for systemic reform. A transition to…

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On March 14, I attended an event in New York that was a rollout, of sorts, for the workforce side of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Green New Deal for the state. Hosted by Philanthropy New York (longtime friend of NYEC Bret Halverson got me an invitation), the event was meant to align the efforts of…

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