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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

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

Harkin Bill a Big Step Forward for Our Middle Class

David Madland details why the Rebuild America Act is a crucial and comprehensive piece of legislation for restoring broad-based prosperity and sustained economic growth.

By David Madland | Thursday, March 29, 2012

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

House Republicans Assault Social Security

The House budget plan hurts the middle class even more by expanding tax cuts for the wealthy and embracing cuts to retirement security, write David Madland and Christian E. Weller.

By David Madland and Christian E. Weller | Tuesday, March 20, 2012