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Making Saving for Retirement Easier, Cheaper, and More Secure

Retirees Rick Corley, left, and his wife Jean pose for a photo in front of their home in Moore, Okla. article icon 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 David Madland | 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

5 Charts on the State of the Middle Class

bars icon Charts In five charts, David Madland and Nick Bunker show that the middle class faces a number of economic challenges.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, August 30, 2012

Making Our Middle Class Stronger

book_alt2 icon 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.

by David Madland | Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Facts on Raising the Minimum Wage When Unemployment Is High

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.

by T. William Lester, David Madland, and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Women Are the Biggest Losers from Failure to Raise Minimum Wage

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.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Harkin Bill a Big Step Forward for Our Middle Class

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.

by David Madland | Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ties that Bind

David Madland and Nick Bunker explain why rebuilding the American middle class is an important step toward rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, March 22, 2012

House Republicans Assault Social Security

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.

by David Madland and Christian E. Weller | Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Americans Care About Economic Inequality

David Madland disproves conservatives’ claims that Americans aren’t concerned about economic fairness.

by David Madland | Monday, March 5, 2012

We Need Strong Policy Steps to Maintain Momentum in the Labor Market

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.

by David Madland | Friday, February 3, 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

In Defense of Defined-Benefit Pensions

Read the full issue brief (CAP Action) Because many states’ public-employee pension plans are currently underfunded—meaning that current assets are less than promised retirement benefits—proposals to drastically reshape public-sector pensions or eliminate them in favor of 401(k)-style retirement plans are expected to once again be introduced this coming year in statehouses across the country. While […]

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dormant Union Membership Is a Bad Sign for the Middle Class

Read the full article (CAP Action) The Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, data released today on the union status of the American workforce in 2011 show no growth in union membership—a troubling sign as the nation debates how to strengthen the middle class. That’s because unions help strengthen the middle class by giving workers […]

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Friday, January 27, 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