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Ties that Bind

David Madland and Nick Bunker explain why rebuilding the American middle class is an important step toward rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, March 22, 2012

In Defense of Defined-Benefit Pensions

Read the full issue brief (CAP Action) Because many states’ public-employee pension plans are currently underfunded—meaning that current assets are less than promised retirement benefits—proposals to drastically reshape public-sector pensions or eliminate them in favor of 401(k)-style retirement plans are expected to once again be introduced this coming year in statehouses across the country. While […]

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dormant Union Membership Is a Bad Sign for the Middle Class

Read the full article (CAP Action) The Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, data released today on the union status of the American workforce in 2011 show no growth in union membership—a troubling sign as the nation debates how to strengthen the middle class. That’s because unions help strengthen the middle class by giving workers […]

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Friday, January 27, 2012

Unions Make Democracy Work for the Middle Class

Read the full article (CAP Action) On Friday the Department of Labor will release data on the union status of the American workforce. Unfortunately the data are likely to show a decline in the percentage of workers who are unionized because of the one-two punch of long-term trends—such as the escalation of aggressive employer campaigns […]

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Las 10 leyes más importantes para la clase media

A medida que los miembros del congreso reflexionan sobre el discurso del Estado de la Unión del presidente Barack Obama este año, deberían pensar en cómo, en momentos críticos en nuestra historia, el congreso tomó la decisión de fortalecer a la clase media estadounidense, lo que fue decisivo para el crecimiento y la prosperidad del país.

By Nick Bunker | Friday, January 20, 2012

The Top 10 Middle-Class Acts of Congress

Congress would do well to reflect on passage of key middle-class legislation as it considers how to strengthen our economy, writes Nick Bunker.

By Nick Bunker | Thursday, January 19, 2012

Middle-Class Societies Invest More in Public Education

David Madland and Nick Bunker argue that strengthening our middle class will be good for our educational system and for our economy.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Middle Class Is Key to a Better-Educated Nation

Examining test scores in all 50 states, David Madland and Nick Bunker find that a stronger American middle class is associated with higher levels of academic achievement.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Interactive: Unions Build a Stronger Middle Class

Interactive from Nick Bunker, David Madland, and Karla Walter shows how unionization leads to more income for middle-class families.

By Nick Bunker, David Madland, and Karla Walter | Friday, September 23, 2011

As Unions Weaken So Does the Middle Class

Read the full article (CAP Action) New state income data released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows the importance of unions to boosting incomes for all middle-class households—union and nonunion alike. The 2010 income data makes it clear that strong unions are a critical factor in creating a middle-class society. Restoring the strength of […]

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Friday, September 23, 2011

New Census Data Show Middle Class Continues to Struggle

Income for middle-class Americans continues to shrink, write David Madland, Karla Walter, and Nick Bunker. Increasing union membership can help them secure more of the economy’s gains.

By David Madland, Karla Walter, and Nick Bunker | Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Government Spending Versus Tax Cuts

article icon Issue Brief Nick Bunker and Adam Hersh explain how government actions can spur economic growth and job creation.

By Nick Bunker and Adam Hersh | Thursday, September 8, 2011

An Increased Minimum Wage Is Good Policy Even During Hard Times

Read the full article (CAP Action) This year legislators in Illinois, Maryland, California, Maine, and Massachusetts have introduced bills to raise their state minimum wages. But policymakers may be reluctant to increase the minimum wage with unemployment hovering around 9 percent. Even during hard times, however, the minimum wage is good for the economy. Increasing […]

By T. William Lester, David Madland, and Nick Bunker | Thursday, July 7, 2011

Interactive Map: Stronger Unions Create A Stronger Middle Class

This interactive map from Nick Bunker, David Madland, and Karla Walter shows how unions raise middle class incomes even for those not in a union.

By Nick Bunker, David Madland, and Karla Walter | Monday, April 4, 2011

Unions Make the Middle Class

Report from David Madland, Karla Walter, and Nick Bunker shows how stronger unions create a stronger middle class.

By David Madland, Karla Walter, and Nick Bunker | Monday, April 4, 2011