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President Obama Should Use the State of the Union to Hold Accountable Federal Contractors that Harm Workers and Shortchange Taxpayers

The president can adopt responsible contracting reforms through executive action to ensure that only responsible, law-abiding companies receive government contracts.

By Karla Walter and David Madland | Monday, January 27, 2014

Union Membership Remained Steady in 2013, But Conservative Attacks Threaten to Weaken Organized Labor

UnionsPolicies that undermine unionization ultimately threaten the strength and vitality of America’s middle class.

By Karla Walter and David Madland | Friday, January 24, 2014

At Our Expense: Federal Contractors that Harm Workers Also Shortchange Taxpayers

Oil rig workerA Center for American Progress Action Fund study finds that one in four government contractors committing egregious workplace violations also provide bad value for the government.

By Karla Walter and David Madland | Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Infographic: Raising the Minimum Wage

This infographic shows how the California minimum-wage increase will affect the state’s working families.

By Karla Walter | Thursday, September 19, 2013

Video Series: Unions Make the Middle Class

play_alt icon 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.

By Andrew Satter, Lauren Santa Cruz, and Karla Walter | Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Top 6 Policies to Help the Middle Class that Won’t Cost Taxpayers a Penny

President Barack ObamaThere are a number of things that policymakers can do to strengthen the middle class that won't require any additional expenditures.

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Growing the Wealth

Jeff Smisek with Continental Airlines employees book_alt2 icon Report Inclusive capitalism, when implemented correctly, can begin to address some of the fundamental problems with our economy while simultaneously improving workers’ well-being and the performance of businesses.

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Tuesday, April 2, 2013

States at Work: Progressive State Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class

Middle-class familyState 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.

By Karla Walter, Tom Hucker, and David Madland, with Nick Bunker and David Sanchez | Thursday, March 21, 2013

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

A Sweet 16 to Build a Strong Middle Class

Karla Walter presents 16 ideas for the middle class that aren’t part of the national debate but should be.

By Karla Walter | Wednesday, January 18, 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

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

Ohioans Show Their Support for Collective Bargaining Rights

A referendum vote tomorrow on a law slashing public-sector worker collective bargaining rights will likely show how Ohioans, like the rest of Americans, are in favor of workers’ right to organize, says Karla Walter.

By Karla Walter | Monday, November 7, 2011

Rep. Payne’s Resolution Recognizes that Unions Build the Middle Class

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 […]

By Karla Walter and David Madland | Wednesday, November 2, 2011

House Budget Bill Guts Worker Protections

The House majority’s draft bill is an assault on American workers, plain and simple, explain David Madland and Karla Walter.

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Wednesday, October 12, 2011