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Contracting that Works

State and local governments can boost job standards across our economy; ensure that high-road business can compete on an even playing field; and provide taxpayers with good value by adopting the government contracting practices identified in this report.

by Karla Walter, David Madland, Paul Sonn, Tsedeye Gebreselassie | Friday, November 13, 2015

New Census Data Highlight Why the Middle Class Needs Strong Unions

Policymakers should remember the importance of labor unions to help rebuild the middle class.

by Alex Rowell and David Madland | Friday, September 18, 2015

New Census Data Show that the Middle Class Is Not Recovering Fast Enough

sad homeownerStagnant median household incomes show that policymakers must act to help the middle class.

by Alex Rowell and David Madland | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bargaining for the American Dream

Labor parade book_alt2 icon Report New analysis shows that children whose parents belonged to a union—as well as children who grew up in areas with high union membership—earn more money as adults.

by Richard Freeman, Eunice Han, David Madland, Brendan Duke | Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ohio’s Struggling Middle Class

Economic inequality is harming Ohio’s middle class and threatening statewide economic growth.

by David Madland and Danielle Corley | Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Capitalism for Everyone

wheels book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers can help workers, businesses, and investors do better by encouraging companies to adopt broad-based profit-sharing programs.

by Karla Walter, David Madland, Danielle Corley | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Retirement Labels and Retirement Receipts Could Save American Investors Billions Each Year

Retirement ReceiptsEasy-to-understand fee disclosures can help those saving for retirement make better-informed decisions.

by Jennifer Erickson and David Madland | Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Top 5 Facts About the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ Executive Order

Obama signs executive orderOn Thursday, two subcommittees of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee will jointly debate President Barack Obama’s most recent contracting executive order. The order helps fix a broken system and protects taxpayers, law-abiding businesses, and millions of American workers.

by Karla Walter and David Madland | Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Reality of the Retirement Crisis

Social Security Administration article icon Issue Brief For millions of Americans, retirement—the so-called golden years—will be significantly tarnished by a lack of savings.

by Keith Miller, David Madland, Christian E. Weller | Monday, January 26, 2015

As Income Inequality Rises, America’s Middle Class Shrinks

A mother eats dinner with her daughter bars icon Charts Increasing income inequality has decreased the share of the population earning a middle-class income.

by Keith Miller and David Madland | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Unions Are Among the Very Few Interest Groups that Represent the Middle Class

UAW signUnions provide the middle class a much-needed voice in the policymaking process, and their decline portends further trouble for most Americans.

by David Madland and Danielle Corley | Friday, November 14, 2014

New Census Data Once Again Illustrate Importance of Unions to the Middle Class

union protestsStrong unions are necessary to maintain a robust middle class. If action is not taken to prevent their further erosion, the middle class’ share of America’s economic gains may continue to shrink.

by Keith Miller and David Madland | Thursday, September 18, 2014

What the New Census Data Show About the Continuing Struggles of the Middle Class

furnace factoryNewly released Census data show that America’s middle class is still struggling to recover from the Great Recession and the decades of unequal growth that preceded it.

by Keith Miller and David Madland | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Keep Calm and Muddle Through

broken piggy bank book_alt2 icon Report As the retirement crisis looms, retirement preparedness—not muddling through—should act as the guiding principle for policymakers.

by Christian E. Weller and David Madland | Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Executive Order Protects Workers and Supports Law-Abiding Contractors

obama executive orderPresident Barack Obama’s latest executive order adopts best practices from the public and private sectors that will protect workers and save taxpayer dollars.

by Karla Walter and David Madland | Thursday, July 31, 2014