David
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Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project

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David Madland is a senior fellow and the senior adviser to the American Worker Project at American Progress.

He has been called “one of the nation’s wisest” labor scholars by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. Mary Kay Henry, president of Service Employees International Union, says his work “is creating a North Star for how we increase workers’ power in the economy and democracy.”

Madland writes about the economy and American politics, especially the middle class, economic inequality, labor unions, retirement policy, and workplace standards. He is the author of Re-Union: How Bold Labor Reforms Can Repair, Revitalize, and Reunite the United States (Cornell University Press, 2021) and Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn’t Work without a Strong Middle Class (University of California Press, 2015).

He appears frequently on television including on PBS, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox and is a regular guest on radio talk shows across the United States. His work has been cited in numerous publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, and The New Yorker. He has also testified before Congress as well as several state legislatures.

Prior to his work at American Progress, Madland worked on economic policy for then-Rep. George Miller (D-CA). He received his doctorate in government from Georgetown University and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation about the decline of the U.S. pension system received the “2008 Best Dissertation Award” from the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

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American Ghent Report
 (A worker operates machinery at a factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts, July 2017.)

American Ghent

Expanding on existing Ghent-like programs in the United States would strengthen unions and improve government services.

David Madland, Malkie Wall

Better Training and Better Jobs Report

Better Training and Better Jobs

Creating and funding sectorwide labor-management training partnerships would benefit workers, business, and the larger economy.

Angela Hanks, David Madland

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