Creating opportunity for workers has been at the heart of our efforts throughout our 35-year history.
This article by Caroline O'Donovan, senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News, includes the JFF response to commentary published on BuzzFeed News following a Tweet by Eric Schmidt, Google chair and former CEO, about the $1 Billion Wage Gain Challenge.
The mission of JFF is to ensure economic advancement for all. Creating opportunity for workers has been at the heart of our efforts throughout our 35-year history. We work with a wide range of partners—from government agencies to educators, training providers such as unions, as well as union and non-union employers—to advance our mission. Specifically, JFF partners with unions on various initiatives because they are strong and effective advocates for high-quality jobs, wages, benefits, and career advancement for their workers. JFF also regularly works with non-union employers and supports pathways into non-union jobs that provide similarly high-quality careers.
The goal of the $1 Billion Wage Gain Challenge is to put America’s wage stagnation crisis center stage for the JFF community. We’re looking for bold ideas from a diverse array of stakeholders—including unions, community organizations, researchers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and most importantly workers themselves—to bring about significant wage increases.
In a blog published on JFF.org, we highlight that expanding worker agency, voice, and ownership can be part of a proposed solution. We are excited about the opportunity to highlight tangible, near-term solutions that can drive change at scale. We’re accepting ideas until November 25 through JFF.org/wagegain and look forward to reviewing submissions soon.