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State-Level Policies Threaten to Further Weaken Unions

Indiana union protestWe 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 David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fact Sheet: The Value of Unions and the Consequences of ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws

Michigan right-to-work protestBy severely weakening unions, which are vital to strengthening the middle class and improving the economy, “right-to-work” laws have broad negative consequences.

By Katie Murphy | Thursday, December 13, 2012

Michigan ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill Is the Wrong Economics for the Middle Class

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan giving a speech article icon 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.

By Adam Hersh, Heather Boushey, and David Madland | Monday, December 10, 2012

Right-to-Work Bill Would Harm Michigan’s Middle Class

Rick SnyderRight-to-work laws weaken unions, lower middle-class income, and don’t reduce unemployment.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Monday, December 10, 2012

States with Stronger Unions Have Stronger Middle Classes

Union members rally in Strengthening organized labor is one of the most important steps to help rebuild our middle class.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Friday, September 21, 2012

Unions Boost Economic Mobility in U.S. States

Union rallyIncreased union membership is associated with higher income mobility, greater upward mobility, and lower downward mobility.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Unions Are Necessary to Rebuilding Our Middle Class

Union rallyBy advancing the interests of the middle class in the workplace and in our democracy, unions help build and strengthen the middle class.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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

Unions Make Democracy Work for the Middle Class

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 […]

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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

No More Lucy Pulling the Football Away

David Madland applauds NLRB’s proposed rule to standardize union elections and ensure they happen as scheduled so that workers can be heard.

By David Madland | Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Unions Make the Middle Class

Report from David Madland, Karla Walter, and Nick Bunker shows how stronger unions create a stronger middle class.

By David Madland, Karla Walter, and Nick Bunker | Monday, April 4, 2011

State Budget Deficits Are Not an Employee Compensation Problem

David Madland and Nick Bunker argue that states' budget woes are due to the recession, not public employees' salaries.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why Is the Public Suddenly Down on Unions?

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.

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Tuesday, July 20, 2010

NFL Negotiations 101

book_alt2 icon Report Casey Gerald and David Madland explain the NFL player-owner labor contract dispute—what issues are at stake and what will happen if there’s no agreement.

By Casey Gerald and David Madland | Thursday, March 4, 2010