Jobs for All

Manifesto
Imagine a world:

- Where everyone who wants to work has a living-wage job.

- Where no one needs to cobble together multiple jobs to make ends meet.

- Where joblessness and its consequences no longer exist.

- Where millions are working in concert to heal our environment, rebuild our physical and care infrastructure, and renew our public art.

- Where the basic right to a job is guaranteed.

We face a crisis of economic insecurity

At this moment of economic and ecological upheaval, when pervasive economic insecurity and racial exclusion exist alongside concentrated wealth and a sweltering planet, we need a strategy to build an economy that produces economic security and dignity for all.

A Federal Job Guarantee is our way forward

By ensuring every person who wants to work can find a good job meeting vital community needs, a Federal Job Guarantee can be the cornerstone of an inclusive, thriving, and sustainable 21st century economy.

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Join us in calling for a Federal Job Guarantee - our path to an economy centered around human value. Show your commitment by signing this manifesto.
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More information

The Job Guarantee Now! campaign is led by the National Jobs for All Network, Policylink, and the Modern Money Network.

For more information, see our Background Statement and list of Guiding Principles for Designing a Job Guarantee below.

Contact

For any questions, please email manifesto@jobguaranteenow.org.

Signatories


Institutions
National Jobs for All Network
PolicyLink
Modern Money Network
Our Money
Demos
Center for Popular Democracy
Community Change
Race Forward
Gamaliel Network
National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
National Employment Law Project (NELP)
Democracy Collaborative
Liberation in a Generation
Economic Security Project
Living New Deal
MPower Change
WESPAC Foundation
Prout USA
Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity
California Immigrant Policy Center
Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan
Miami Valley Full Employment Council
Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative
Living New Deal-New York City Working Group
New York Solar Energy Society
S.E.E.D.S. Brotherhood Garden Leadership Network
BlackLine
Columbia Seminar on Full Employment
Living New Deal-New York City Working Group
Cream City Conservation
White Center Community Development Association
Urban Research Strategies and Logistics
Children of the Light, Inc.
We Are the Change We Want to See
AAMU Small Farms Research Center
EnvisionADOS
Admeasure Community


Individuals
Darrick Hamilton, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Alan Aja, Brooklyn College
William Darity Jr., Duke University
Stephanie Kelton, Stony Brook University
Mark Paul, New College of Florida
Pavlina Tcherneva, Bard College
Randy Wray, Bard College
Delman Coates, Our Money
Robert Reich, University of California Berkeley, former Secretary of Labor
Cornel West, Harvard University
Jennifer Granholm, University of California Berkeley, former Governor of Michigan
Barbara Cooper, Tennessee State Representative, District 86, Memphis
William Peduto, Mayor, Pittsburgh
Lovely Warren, Mayor, Rochestor
Helen Gym, Councilwoman-at-large, Philadelphia
Franklin Delano Roosevelt III
Sheila Collins, William Paterson University (Emerita)
Philip Harvey, Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
Manuel Pastor, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity
Michael Skolnik, The Soze Agency
Linda Sarsour, MPower Change
Herbert Gans, Columbia University (Emeritus)
Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, National Jobs for All Network, Adelphi University (Emerita)
Carol Sheffield, William Paterson University (Emerita)

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Background

The Need

The inability to provide good jobs for all even in the best of times is a key failure of the modern economy — one that reinforces inequities, squanders human potential, and takes a tremendous toll on society. Despite a booming economy, millions of workers remain jobless or underemployed, more than 40 percent of American workers earn less than $15/hour, and 40 percent of Americans cannot afford a $400 emergency. This is neither sustainable nor necessary. From Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inclusion of guaranteed living-wage work in his Second Bill of Rights, to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King’s call for guaranteed jobs in the fight for racial and economic justice, to the call by environmental justice advocates for a Job Guarantee in the Green New Deal, visionary leaders know a Job Guarantee is a potent solution.

The Benefits

Good jobs for all would become our reality. With a Federal Job Guarantee, the devastating experience of not finding work would become obsolete. People facing discrimination in the job market would have an alternative to going without or going underground. Workers would no longer be stuck in jobs where they are harassed or unsafe, or where they experience wage theft. No workers would need to toil in poverty-wage jobs with unstable and disruptive schedules. Poverty, racial and gender inequity, and working poverty would all decline. And when the next downturn hits, workers could take up guaranteed jobs, moderating the effects of the recession for everyone.

We could revitalize communities and counter climate change. A Federal Job Guarantee would make it possible to meet neglected community needs and manifest community aspirations. It could deliver on the environmental restoration and energy-efficiency projects needed to address climate change. It could help meet our demands for elder care for our aging population, strengthen our child care infrastructure, and support our public school teachers. It could make public art accessible to all and bring new resources and hope to hard-hit local economies. And a Federal Job Guarantee removes a major barrier to countering our environmental crisis: fear of job loss.
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Guiding Principles

For Designing a Job Guarantee

  1. Jobs for All: Create publicly-financed jobs for everyone who wants to work, whether they face barriers to employment or are laid off during downturns.

  2. Good Jobs: Ensure that all jobs created provide safe and healthy working conditions, full worker rights, wages that support a dignified standard of living, and full benefits.

  3. Equity Driven: Embed a race, gender, and broad social equity approach throughout the program.

  4. Workforce Skills: Build lasting skills through on-the-job training, paid apprenticeships, credentialing, and other career-building opportunities.

  5. Productive and Meaningful Work: Ensure projects produce tangible public benefits and meet neglected physical and human infrastructure needs, including caring for our young and old.

  6. Stronger Communities: Prioritize projects that improve conditions in disinvested urban, rural, and indigenous communities; increase environmental health and sustainability; and strengthen cultural and economic vitality.

  7. Bottom-Up: Foster broad engagement and participation from local communities, especially those most left behind, in suggesting and prioritizing projects.

  8. Protect the Safety Net: Ensure no loss of social safety net programs.

  9. Raise the Floor: By providing a universal public employment option, increase worker bargaining power and improve the quality of low-wage jobs throughout the economy.

  10. Stable Economy: Protect the economy from future recessions by maintaining consumer spending, while building human capital and improving the built environment in ways that create a stronger, more resilient economy.