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Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25 or $9 an Hour?

David Madland argues for raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour.

By David Madland | Wednesday, February 27, 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

Job Growth Is Too Fragile for Additional Austerity

Construction worker working on a house in CaliforniaThe country is moving forward and creating jobs, but now is not the time for additional austerity, as the economy is in no shape for such a beating.

By David Madland | Friday, January 4, 2013

Michigan ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill Is the Wrong Economics for the Middle Class

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan giving a speech article icon Issue Brief So-called right-to-work legislation will make it harder for unions to do their job: improving wages and working conditions. That, in turn, will weaken the middle class, which will lower our nation’s economic competitiveness.

By Adam Hersh, Heather Boushey, and David Madland | Monday, December 10, 2012

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

'Middle-out' economics trumped 'trickle-down' on Nov. 6 - Now policies should reflect that

One of the most important, but least known, outcomes of the 2012 election is that trickle-down economics was defeated by an emerging theory popularized by President Obama known as “middle-out economics,” which holds that a strong middle class is the key driver of economic growth. We may now be at a sea-change moment as policymakers […]

By David Madland | Monday, November 26, 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

Pension Modernization for a 21st Century Workforce

David Madland delivers remarks at a roundtable discussion with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

By David Madland | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Making Saving for Retirement Easier, Cheaper, and More Secure

Retirees Rick Corley, left, and his wife Jean pose for a photo in front of their home in Moore, Okla. article icon Issue Brief Allowing workers to enroll in either a collective defined-contribution plan or a Thrift Savings Plan would ensure all Americans have access to a quality retirement plan, significantly boosting savings and security while at the same time helping to ensure workers can retire with dignity.

By David Madland | 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

Making Our Middle Class Stronger

book_alt2 icon Report Report from David Madland presents 35 policies that would help address the challenges Americans face in achieving and maintaining a middle-class standard of living.

By David Madland | Wednesday, August 1, 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