From Stigma to Dignity? Transforming Workfare with Universal Basic Income and a Federal Job Guarantee

This Article examines reinvigorated proposals for universal basic income (UBI) and a federal job guarantee (JG), both of which seek to reduce poverty, income inequality, and the widening racial wealth gap. It assesses the potential these reforms have to put more money in the hands of those most likely to use it while also ending involuntary unemployment and boosting labor conditions for all—but especially Blacks and people of color with less access to generational wealth, higher education, and protection against employment discrimination. It concludes that both UBI and a JG are necessary, but each is insufficient on its own to achieve greater economic security and mobility with dignified work for all.