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Labor and Work: Archives

October 2013

article icon Issue Brief Congress must move past its partisan pettiness and enact policies to help the American economy.

By Christian E. Weller and Sam Ungar | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Role of People of Color in the Future Workforce

Latina womanBy 2030, people of color will play a much more significant role in the American workforce.

By Angeline Vuong | Friday, October 25, 2013

Middle-Out for Millennials

book_alt2 icon Report Rebuilding our economy from the middle out—not from the top down—is central to creating an American economy that works for Millennials.

By Sarah Ayres | Monday, October 21, 2013

Middle Classes Are Stronger in States with Greater Union Membership

New Census Bureau data underscore how critical unions are in building strong middle classes across the country.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Friday, September 20, 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

3 Charts Showing How Middle-Class Incomes Continue to Stagnate While Overall Inequality Grows

JobsThese three charts present today’s new Census figures in a historical context and illustrate how the middle class has struggled to make headway in an increasingly unequal economy.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Latest Census Data Underscore How Important Unions Are for the Middle Class

Fast-food workers' strikeThe decline of labor unions is an often-overlooked factor in the decreasing share of national income going to the middle class.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Labor for a Day, Capital for the Rest of the Year

The lack of media focus on labor helps ignore the relative paucity of benefits for American workers.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, September 5, 2013

Immigration Helps American Workers’ Wages and Job Opportunities

Common-sense immigration reform such as S. 744, which was passed by the Senate in June, will lead to higher wages and better job opportunities for all American workers.

By Adriana Kugler and Patrick Oakford | Thursday, August 29, 2013

American Retirement Savings Could Be Much Better

book_alt2 icon Report The creation of a SAFE Retirement Plan would significantly improve our private-sector retirement system by better handling the risks and costs
 of retirement compared to the typical and perfect-world 401(k) plan.

By Rowland Davis and David Madland | Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Need for Transparency in Detroit

Kevyn OrrDetroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr should immediately make public the methods that he and his actuaries are using to claim that the city’s pension funds are in dire condition.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Thursday, August 15, 2013

Congress Applies Brakes to Labor Market

Georgia unemploymentOur sluggish economic growth is not a result of economic forces of nature, but rather due to the forces of politics.

By Adam Hersh | Monday, August 5, 2013

Global Wage Trends for Apparel Workers, 2001–2011

Apparel workers book_alt2 icon Report Declining wages and persistent poverty for garment workers in a majority of the world’s leading apparel-exporting countries raises doubt that export-led development strategies create a rising tide that lifts all boats.

By the Worker Rights Consortium | Thursday, July 11, 2013

Senate Republicans May Allow Workers’ Rights to Disappear

If the Senate fails to act soon to approve the president’s five bipartisan National Labor Relations Board nominees, many workplace protections could functionally disappear in August.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Wednesday, July 10, 2013