Raising the Floor

Raising the Floor

How A Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream

Book - 2016
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Raising the Floor confronts America's biggest economic challenge-the fundamental restructuring of the economy and the emerging disruptive technology that threaten secure jobs and income. Andy Stern convincingly shows why it is time to consider a universal basic income as the nation's twenty-first-century solution to increasing inequality.

In 2010, troubled by watching families chase the now-elusive American Dream, Andy Stern began a five-year journey to investigate how technology will impact jobs and the future of work. Stern, formerly the head of the nation's most influential and fastest-growing union, the Service Employees International Union, investigated these issues with a wide range of CEOs, futurists, economists, workers, entrepreneurs, and investment bankers who are shaping the future.

The sobering assessment that emerged from his research-across the political spectrum, from libertarians at the CATO Institute to the leaders of the progressive left-is that this time is different: there will be meager benefits that come with full-time work and fewer good jobs overall. Facing such a challenging moment, Stern's solution is fittingly bold: to establish a universal basic income by eliminating many current government programs and adding new resources. At once vivid, provocative, and pragmatic, Raising the Floor will spark a national conversation about creating the new American Dream.
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781610396257
Branch Call Number: 330 STERN A
Characteristics: x, 253 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Kravitz, Lee - Author


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Mar 11, 2017

If you care about the future (I think that would be most of us) read this book. I can't believe there isn't a long list of library patrons waiting to get their hands on a copy.

This author does an excellent job analyzing the problem of diminishing job prospects. His exploration leads the reader to consider the possibility of establishing a basic income for all.

Many Americans are being left behind.... even those with grad degrees. We need books like this to explore and argue for bold solutions.

Incidentally, most of this book's content is highly relevant to those in other countries, including Canada.

Jun 24, 2016

I am not 100% in Andy Stern's corner - - I agree with much of what he says, but tremendously fault him for supporting the anti-workers' rights guy, Barack Obama, for president. [My justification for describing President Obama as such: he was anti-Brexit - - a postive for workers' rights in the UK, pro-TPP - - a negative fore workers' rights in America and elsewhere, and he publicly applauded the mass firing of ALL the teachers in a Chicago public high school, for the alleged poor performance of only several of them [this was an excuse to privatize the school]. He also supports charter schools which will seriously hamper the teaching profession, where the majority of Black-American woman professionals are to be found.


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