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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

Americans Care About Economic Inequality

David Madland disproves conservatives’ claims that Americans aren’t concerned about economic fairness.

By David Madland | Monday, March 5, 2012

We Need Strong Policy Steps to Maintain Momentum in the Labor Market

David Madland examines January’s positive jobs numbers and outlines the actions Congress must take to ensure a full recovery that doesn’t leave anyone behind.

By David Madland | Friday, February 3, 2012

Right-to-Work 101

Read this issue brief (CAP Action) What are right-to-work laws? In states where the law exists, “right-to-work” makes it illegal for workers and employers to negotiate a contract requiring everyone who benefits from a union contract to pay their fair share of the costs of administering it. Right-to-work has nothing to do with people being […]

By David Madland, Karla Walter, and Ross Eisenbrey | Thursday, February 2, 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

Boeing-Machinists Deal Benefits Company, Workers, and NLRB Credibility

Read the full article (CAP Action) The tentative deal reached last week between The Boeing Company and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, or IAM—and scheduled to be ratified today by rank-and-file workers—is a vindication for our nation’s labor law, which has been under significant attack. The National Labor Relations Board—the government agency […]

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Middle Class Grows the Economy, Not the Rich

David Madland shows how a strong middle class is the key to higher GDP—not giving more money to the wealthy and hoping it trickles down.

By David Madland | Wednesday, December 7, 2011

House Republican Attacks on the National Labor Relations Board Hurt All Workers

Read the full issue brief (CAP Action) House Republicans are using every tool available to them—including their budget, regulatory, and legislative-oversight powers—to wage a coordinated attack on workers’ rights by trying to eviscerate the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB. This effort jeopardizes the basic rights and well-being of all workers, not just those who […]

By Karla Walter and David Madland | Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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