Labor Power Reads
September 4, 2020
By Matt Hughes
Rebuild worker voice. Raise wages.
The Roosevelt Rundown is an email series featuring the Roosevelt Institute’s top stories of the week.
2020 has been a trying year for workers—for those deemed essential and exposed to the worst of a pandemic; for those whose work has doubled with full-time childcare; and for those who’ve lost their jobs, health care, and unemployment benefits. The events of this year have reinforced the labor market’s deepest faults and underscored what we’ve long known: Workers need power, voice, and dignity. And only government can raise the bar for all.
In honor of workers and unions everywhere, we’re spotlighting some of Roosevelt’s landmark labor research this week. We wish you and yours a happy and well-deserved Labor Day weekend!
The Fair Wage Guarantee: A Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Raise Wages and Accelerate Our Economic Recovery – Bharat Ramamurti and Lindsay Owens
Understanding the COVID-19 Workplace: Evidence From a Survey of Essential Workers – Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Suresh Naidu, Adam Reich, and Patrick Youngblood
American Workers’ Experiences with Power, Information, and Rights on the Job: A Roadmap for Reform – Alexander Hertel-Fernandez
How and Why to Empower Workers in the COVID-19 Response – Sharon Block, Suzanne Kahn, Brishen Rogers, and Benjamin I. Sachs
Rebuilding Worker Voice in Today’s Economy – Kate Andrias and Brishen Rogers
What We’re Reading and Listening to
What Liberals Get Wrong about Work – The Atlantic
Coercion in the Workplace (with Elizabeth Anderson) [podcast] – Pitchfork Economics