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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
David Madland and Nick Bunker argue that strengthening our middle class will be good for our educational system and for our economy.
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.
Read the full article (CAP Action) Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) introduced a commonsense resolution yesterday recognizing that strong labor unions help build a healthy middle class. The resolution would not change the law at all but would simply highlight the fact that unions provide important benefits to the 99 percent of Americans that need to […]
David Madland outlines why the House Appropriations Committee bill to fund labor, education, and health departments is bad for middle-class Americans.
The House majority’s draft bill is an assault on American workers, plain and simple, explain David Madland and Karla Walter.
Letter from David Madland offers recommendations for the Obama administration's proposed tool to root out discrimination among contractors.
Interactive from Nick Bunker, David Madland, and Karla Walter shows how unionization leads to more income for middle-class families.
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 […]
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.