Time for Worker Cooperatives to Go Mainstream

Cities are at the crosswalk of talent and density, and they have a lot to lose by not thinking innovatively about economic policy.

Cities suffer from the widest income disparities in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and this trend is exacerbated by the dissolution of many middle-income jobs. Across the United States, there are nearly two million fewer jobs in mid- and higher-wage industries than there were before the recession took hold, while there are 1.85 million more jobs in lower-wage industries, reports the National Employment Law Project. Stronger policies to counter this pattern could produce a tax base that better supports municipal government, accessible housing, and more resilient neighborhoods.

The question for cities today must be this: How can we support the creation of sustainable jobs that strengthen the middle of the range and offer a pathway to economic security?

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