We should adopt policies that help workers freely choose whether to organize if we want to strengthen organized labor and create a vibrant middle class.
By severely weakening unions, which are vital to strengthening the middle class and improving the economy, “right-to-work” laws have broad negative consequences.
Issue Brief So-called right-to-work legislation will make it harder for unions to do their job: improving wages and working conditions. That, in turn, will weaken the middle class, which will lower our nation’s economic competitiveness.
Right-to-work laws weaken unions, lower middle-class income, and don’t reduce unemployment.
Strengthening organized labor is one of the most important steps to help rebuild our middle class.
Increased union membership is associated with higher income mobility, greater upward mobility, and lower downward mobility.
By advancing the interests of the middle class in the workplace and in our democracy, unions help build and strengthen the 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 […]
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 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 applauds NLRB’s proposed rule to standardize union elections and ensure they happen as scheduled so that workers can be heard.
Report from David Madland, Karla Walter, and Nick Bunker shows how stronger unions create a stronger middle class.
David Madland and Nick Bunker argue that states' budget woes are due to the recession, not public employees' salaries.
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.