Video The Center for American Progress Action Fund produced a video series documenting what is at stake in three real stories of how unions make the middle class.
There are a number of things that policymakers can do to strengthen the middle class that won't require any additional expenditures.
State governments have a tremendous responsibility to help restore the promise of the American Dream, and can be part of the solution to rebuild a strong and growing middle class.
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 [...]
Karla Walter presents 16 ideas for the middle class that aren’t part of the national debate but should be.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The House majority’s draft bill is an assault on American workers, plain and simple, explain David Madland and Karla Walter.
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.
Report from David Madland, Karla Walter, and Nick Bunker shows how stronger unions create a stronger middle class.
New high-road federal contracting guidelines would help raise job standards, reward companies that follow the law, and prevent taxpayer waste, write CAP Action's David Madland and Karla Walter.
Allowing public access to contractor information is an important first step. Now the government needs more tools to protect taxpayers, write CAP Action's Karla Walter and David Madland.
Karla Walter and David Madland explain why public support for unions has recently dropped and why it should go back up once the economy recovers.