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Commentary/Op-Ed - October 2019

Op-Ed: Securing the future of New York’s independent workers

Across the state, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are now working independently, subcontracting, or earning income in the gig economy. In this Times Union op-ed, CUF Editorial and Policy Director Eli Dvorkin and Winston C. Fisher argue that while the rise of independent work has clear benefits for New Yorkers and New York’s economy, it is also bringing a host of new challenges that could be addressed through a first-of-its-kind system of portable benefits.

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Event - September 2019

Are Creative Industries the Future of Middle Class Jobs in NYC?

On October 16th, the Center for an Urban Future held a policy forum that explored the growing importance of the creative industries to New York’s economy.

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Insight - September 2019

Statement on Mayor de Blasio’s proposal for a national robot tax

On September 6, Mayor de Blasio published an op-ed in "Wired" laying out his vision for a "robot tax." While we applaud the mayor's commitment to helping workers displaced in the transition to a more automated economy, what’s needed is a massive new investment in up-skilling and lifelong learning.

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Commentary/Op-Ed - September 2019

Op-Ed: NYC, get ready for the robots

Our new op-ed in the Daily News makes the case for a bold new plan to prepare New York City's workforce for the coming wave of automation.

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Report - August 2019

Caution Ahead: Five Years Later

In this five-year update to our landmark report on New York City’s aging infrastructure, we find that the city has made record-level capital investments, but results have been mixed. Increased usage and new stresses from climate change make bringing the city's core infrastructure to a state of good repair all the more essential.

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impact - August 2019

State Creates Fund to Diversify film and TV Industries, Echoing CUF’s Recommendations

A first-of-its-kind fund will provide workforce development opportunities to New Yorkers from all backgrounds to prepare for jobs in the fast-growing entertainment fields. The new fund builds on CUF's 2015 research on the demographics of New York City's creative sector which showed that just 29 percent of New Yorkers employed in creative occupations were non-white.

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