What Is A Good Job Now?

Artwork by Ernesto Yerena.

Presented in partnership with The James Irvine Foundation

“What Is a Good Job Now?” is a series supported by The James Irvine Foundation, focusing on workers in the low-wage sectors of California’s economy, in communities across the state. Public programs and essays, grounded in workers’ experiences and realities, will explore how to make the hardest jobs more rewarding, and make life better for those who do them.

Upcoming Events in this Series

Sacramento In-Person | Streaming Online

What Is A Good Job Now? For Fairness In the Workplace

The state of California has some of the nation’s strongest legal protections for workers. But Californians continue to suffer from various forms of abuse by their employers—from unpaid overtime to dangerous working conditions; from wage theft to racial, ethnic, gender discrimination. What are the biggest challenges for agencies and communities as they seek to turn pro-labor legislation into better workplace …

| Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
Los Angeles In-Person | Streaming Online

“What Is a Good Job Now?” For the Formerly Incarcerated

Details to be announced soon! Register to receive updates. Over the past decade, and especially in the pandemic, California made major changes in its criminal justice system to reduce its prison population and sentences. But it has been slower to develop and invest in new systems to support Californians as they transition out of jail or prison into workplaces. What …

What Is A Good Job Now? A Zócalo and James Irvine Foundation Inquiry – all events | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
Salinas In-Person | Streaming Online

“What Is a Good Job Now?” In Agriculture

Details to be announced soon! Register to receive updates. The advance of technology and the decline of immigration have profoundly changed the nature of agricultural work. But toiling in the fields remains difficult and dangerous, even as it requires more mechanical expertise from workers. And agricultural work remains seasonal, forcing repeated relocations and putting financial and housing pressures on working …

What Is A Good Job Now? A Zócalo and James Irvine Foundation Inquiry – all events | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
Oakland In-Person | Streaming Online

“What Is a Good Job Now?” In Gig Work

Details to be announced soon! Register to receive updates. Over the past decade, and especially in the pandemic, California made major changes in its criminal justice system to reduce its prison population and sentences. But it has been slower to develop and invest in new systems to support Californians as they transition out of jail or prison into workplaces. What …