The global economy today is inexorably intertwined—for better or for worse. This fact is driven home to workers worldwide by the recent global financial crisis, the ensuing global economic slump, and the subsequent efforts by governments to recharge their economies. But facing political pressures to "do something" about the widespread job losses, governments are tending to insular policies that impede economic integration and trade. This is cause for deep concern because economic globalization has come with a significant legacy of growth that can promote broadly shared prosperity and contribute to economic development. The Just Jobs Program at the Center for American Progress explores how to extend the benefits of globalization to all workers who power the global economy.
As part of the Just Jobs Program, the Center for American Progress is initiating a network of international think tanks and institutions that will undertake a periodic analysis of global employment policies and labor markets. The Just Jobs Network will be a platform for members to share knowledge and experiences and to strategize collectively to garner attention and international momentum behind the creation of just jobs as a necessary means to make economic integration and trade work better for more people.
Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
María Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress
Sandra Polaski, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor
Sabina Dewan, Associate Director of International Economic Policy, Center for American Progress