One of the most important, but least known, outcomes of the 2012 election is that trickle-down economics was defeated by an emerging theory popularized by President Obama known as “middle-out economics,” which holds that a strong middle class is the key driver of economic growth. We may now be at a sea-change moment as policymakers […]
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.
David Madland delivers remarks at a roundtable discussion with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Issue Brief Allowing workers to enroll in either a collective defined-contribution plan or a Thrift Savings Plan would ensure all Americans have access to a quality retirement plan, significantly boosting savings and security while at the same time helping to ensure workers can retire with dignity.
By advancing the interests of the middle class in the workplace and in our democracy, unions help build and strengthen the middle class.
Charts In five charts, David Madland and Nick Bunker show that the middle class faces a number of economic challenges.
Report Report from David Madland presents 35 policies that would help address the challenges Americans face in achieving and maintaining a middle-class standard of living.
Recent studies show that increasing the minimum wage even during hard times is good policy, providing higher pay but no loss of jobs, say T. William Lester, David Madland, and Nick Bunker.
Boosting the minimum wage will be a particular boon to women and people of color, who make up a disproportionate share of minimum wage earners, argue David Madland and Nick Bunker.
David Madland details why the Rebuild America Act is a crucial and comprehensive piece of legislation for restoring broad-based prosperity and sustained economic growth.
David Madland and Nick Bunker explain why rebuilding the American middle class is an important step toward rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
The House budget plan hurts the middle class even more by expanding tax cuts for the wealthy and embracing cuts to retirement security, write David Madland and Christian E. Weller.
David Madland disproves conservatives’ claims that Americans aren’t concerned about economic fairness.
David Madland examines January’s positive jobs numbers and outlines the actions Congress must take to ensure a full recovery that doesn’t leave anyone behind.