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AspenWSI Director Maureen Conway Comments on Gap’s Minimum Wage Raise

Gap recently announced that it plans to raise the minimum wage for its US workforce to $9 an hour in June 2014 and $10 an hour by June 2015.  The company says the raise will affect 65,000 workers in the United States.  AspenWSI...

Time to Care: A Discussion on Improving Paid Leave Policies for Workers, Businesses, and Our Economy

Today, 40 million working Americans lack paid sick days and less than half of new working mothers have any form of paid maternity leave, which causes many new mothers to lose paychecks, exit the workforce, or even involuntarily...

Highlights from the Good Jobs Strategy Event

In the State of the Union address,

Improve Returns on Work

By Maureen Conway I applaud President Obama for his emphasis on jobs and opportunity in his State of the Union Address. Indeed, he said, "The best measure of opportunity is...

Career Pathways: Experiences from the Field

On November 22nd, AspenWSI facilitated a webinar for workforce development and career pathways professionals in Iowa as part of the state's new career pathways initiative.  The webinar, 

Commerce Secretary Announces Demand-Driven Training will be a Department Priority

Today, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced a new vision for the Department at a meeting in Washington, D.C.  “For the first time ever,” Pritzker noted, “I am pleased to announce that the Commerce Department...

Apprenticeship: Completion and Cancellation in the Building Trades

From 2011 to 2012, AspenWSI conducted research on the experiences of construction apprentices.  As one of our nation’s strongest training models, apprenticeship provides individuals the unique opportunity to work and develop...

Creating Good Jobs: Lessons Learned from Worker Cooperatives, ESOPs and B Corporations

In light of new realities trending toward a low-wage economy, many are looking to different kinds of business models and practices as a way to increase the returns of work and improve job quality for working Americans. On...

Blog Reflecting on the “Creating Good Jobs” Event

In today’s economy, we are creating few good jobs that pay a decent wage and offer benefits – and even fewer that come with a full week’s worth of pay. Low-wage occupations in retail, food service, child care, home health...

AspenWSI Director Comments on the Economic Effects of the Shutdown

The federal government shutdown affects more than just the hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers, said Maureen Conway, executive director of the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) and the director...