The high road for workers implies moving the nation to higher levels of skills (qualified workers) and a greater reward for work (quality jobs). COWS’ Jobs and Skills agenda, developed over 20 years, focuses consistently on both. In Wisconsin and beyond, COWS serves as a go-to source on the economy, low-wage/no-benefit jobs, and the challenges working people face as inequality climbs.
Every other year (in even years), The State of Working Wisconsin, provides a thorough review of jobs, wages, poverty, income, and job quality in the state on a biennial basis.
Released monthly, it provides a snapshot of Wisconsin’s job picture and reports on key recession trends. It also leads to regional analyses, such as Vital Signs 2013 and the Healthcare Retirement & Departure Survey for guiding local economic and workforce decision makers.
In Wisconsin, we developed an approach to identifying low-wage workers in need of better skills. Together with CLASP, we adapted and disseminated the model, providing the profile for every state to support advocacy and policy around skills and wages.
Raise the Floor Milwaukee
June 26, 2013, By Laura Dresser