The Essentials: Creating Caring Cities

Last year proved how vital essential workers are to our economy. From grocery workers to municipal sanitation workers, many professions maintained their services to ensure the continuity of life and government. Despite their consistent efforts, these workers continue to face lower wages and inadequate benefits. In this session, we will discuss how city governments can ensure their essential workers earn a living wage, and we’ll discuss the holistic picture of care required to ensure the health, wellness and safety of workers and their families. We’ll explore how local governments can champion policies and practices to meet workers’ needs at home and give them the support needed to be full people at work and at home.


Natalie Foster, Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative
Dr. Ramesh Kolluru, Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Dr. Raju Gottumukkala, Site Director, NSF Center for Visual and Decision Informatics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Madeline Neighly, Director of Guaranteed Income, Economic Security Project
Palak Shah, Social Innovations Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance