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A Stronger Middle Class Leads to More Investment in Postsecondary Education

President Obama Ohio StateThe rise in U.S. income inequality and the decline of the American middle class have skewed public policy toward the wishes of the rich and contributed to underinvestment in higher education.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Monday, May 20, 2013

States at Work: Progressive State Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class

Middle-class familyState governments have a tremendous responsibility to help restore the promise of the American Dream, and can be part of the solution to rebuild a strong and growing middle class.

By Karla Walter, Tom Hucker, and David Madland, with Nick Bunker and David Sanchez | Thursday, March 21, 2013

Legal Status for Undocumented Workers Is Good for American Workers

Immigration reform activistsStudies show that providing legal status to undocumented immigrants will increase wages for American workers.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Higher Minimum Wage Will Not Hurt U.S. Businesses

Basic math shows that President Obama’s proposed minimum-wage increase would have very little impact on U.S. businesses.

By Christian E. Weller and Nick Bunker | Friday, February 15, 2013

Women and Families Would Be the Lead Recipients of a Minimum-Wage Boost

President Obama delivers his State of the Union addressIncreasing the minimum wage for all workers—particularly women who are the majority of low-paid workers—will markedly improve life for struggling American families.

By Tara McGuinness, David Madland, and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, February 13, 2013

State-Level Policies Threaten to Further Weaken Unions

Indiana union protestWe should adopt policies that help workers freely choose whether to organize if we want to strengthen organized labor and create a vibrant middle class.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Right-to-Work Bill Would Harm Michigan’s Middle Class

Rick SnyderRight-to-work laws weaken unions, lower middle-class income, and don’t reduce unemployment.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Monday, December 10, 2012

5 Charts that Show How Increasing Income Inequality Leads to Less Opportunity

Nongyu Li, at left, holds his yet to be named newborn daughter alongside his wife Jennifer Gu bars icon Charts High levels of income inequality are strongly related to low levels of economic mobility and opportunity, as these graphs clearly show.

By Nick Bunker | Wednesday, December 5, 2012

4 Charts that Show How Rising Income Inequality Increases Pessimism

Occupy D.C.A series of graphs shows that high income inequality in the United States is strongly related to increased pessimism among Americans.

By Nick Bunker | Wednesday, December 5, 2012

States with Stronger Unions Have Stronger Middle Classes

Union members rally in Strengthening organized labor is one of the most important steps to help rebuild our middle class.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Friday, September 21, 2012

Unions Boost Economic Mobility in U.S. States

Union rallyIncreased union membership is associated with higher income mobility, greater upward mobility, and lower downward mobility.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Unions Are Necessary to Rebuilding Our Middle Class

Union rallyBy advancing the interests of the middle class in the workplace and in our democracy, unions help build and strengthen the middle class.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

5 Charts on the State of the Middle Class

bars icon Charts In five charts, David Madland and Nick Bunker show that the middle class faces a number of economic challenges.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, August 30, 2012

Women Are the Biggest Losers from Failure to Raise Minimum Wage

Boosting the minimum wage will be a particular boon to women and people of color, who make up a disproportionate share of minimum wage earners, argue David Madland and Nick Bunker.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Facts on Raising the Minimum Wage When Unemployment Is High

Recent studies show that increasing the minimum wage even during hard times is good policy, providing higher pay but no loss of jobs, say T. William Lester, David Madland, and Nick Bunker.

By T. William Lester, David Madland, and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, June 20, 2012