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Expertise: Employment, labor

Karla Walter is the senior director of Employment Policy at American Progress. Walter focuses primarily on improving the economic security of American workers by increasing workers’ wages and benefits, promoting workplace protections, and advancing workers’ rights at work. Prior to joining American Progress, Walter was a research analyst at Good Jobs First, providing support to officials, policy research organizations, and grassroots advocacy groups striving to make state and local economic development subsidies more accountable and effective. She has co-authored several studies that promote economic development policies that meet workers’ needs and advocate for greater corporate accountability. Previously, she worked as a legislative aide for Wisconsin State Rep. Jennifer Shilling. Her work has been referenced in The New York Times and other newspapers. Walter earned a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

By Karla Walter
Video: How Unions Help Increase Wealth for All and Close Racial Wealth GapsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 7, 2021
How the U.S. Government Should Enforce Prevailing Wage Standards in All of Its SpendingCAP ActionAugust 9, 2021
The Clean Economy Revolution Will Be UnionizedCenter for American ProgressJuly 7, 2021
Higher Pay For CaregiversSEIU 775June 28, 2021
Service Contract Workers Deserve Good JobsCAP ActionApril 9, 2021
COVID-19 Economic Recovery Investments Must Benefit American WorkersCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2021
Prevailing Wages: Frequently Asked QuestionsCenter for American ProgressDecember 22, 2020
A How-To Guide for Strengthening State and Local Prevailing Wage LawsCenter for American ProgressDecember 22, 2020
Federal Contracting Doesn’t Go Far Enough To Protect American WorkersCAP ActionNovember 19, 2020
Electric Vehicles Should Be a Win for American WorkersCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2020
Getting Americans Back to Work and Good JobsCenter for American ProgressJune 29, 2020
Making Worker Protections Real During the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressApril 7, 2020
Workers who risk their lives to run others’ errands should have basic benefits: Personal protection, a minimum wage, health insurance and moreMarketWatchApril 2, 2020
Quality Workforce PartnershipsCenter for American ProgressApril 1, 2020
Building Workers’ Wealth in Cities and StatesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 20, 2020
City apprenticeship program raises standards for workers and taxpayersArizona MirrorNovember 5, 2019
Public Sector Training Partnerships Build PowerCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2019
Bipartisan legislation would let fast-food companies off the hook for harming workersMarketWatchSeptember 16, 2019
Forced Arbitration: What You Need To KnowCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2019
Infrastructure Investment Must Create Good Jobs for AllCenter for American ProgressApril 22, 2019
American Workers Need Unions: 3 Steps to Strengthen the Federal Labor Law SystemCAP ActionApril 2, 2019
States Must Act to Protect Workers From Exploitative Noncompete and No-Poach AgreementsCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2019
Building Progressive InfrastructureCenter for American ProgressJanuary 31, 2019
The Freedom to LeaveCenter for American ProgressJanuary 9, 2019
10 Ways State and Local Officials Can Build Worker Power in 2019CAP ActionDecember 12, 2018
New NLRB rule undermines American workersThe HillNovember 2, 2018
Corporations Have the Next Attack on Workers and Unions Ready to GoThe HillSeptember 7, 2018
State and Local Policies to Support Government Workers and Their UnionsCenter for American Progress Action FundJune 27, 2018
Advancing Ownership in Cutting-Edge IndustriesCenter for American ProgressApril 19, 2018
Ensuring Government Spending Creates Decent Jobs for WorkersCAP ActionJanuary 29, 2018
President Trump’s Policies Are Hurting American WorkersCAP ActionJanuary 26, 2018
Raising Pay and Providing Benefits for Workers in a Disruptive EconomyCenter for American ProgressOctober 13, 2017
The So-Called ‘Save Local Business Act’ Harms Workers and Small BusinessesCAP ActionOctober 3, 2017
Service Contract Act and Davis-Bacon Act Under AttackCAP ActionJune 27, 2017
8 Ways the Trump Budget Threatens the Health and Safety of American FamiliesCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2017
Right to Work Would Harm All AmericansCAP ActionMay 18, 2017
Congressional Vote Threatens Paychecks and Workplace Safety for Millions of Federal ContractorsCAP ActionJanuary 31, 2017
Trump’s Federal Government Hiring Freeze Hurts Taxpayers and WorkersCAP ActionJanuary 26, 2017
5 Reasons Why the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations Will Raise Standards for Workers, Taxpayers, and BusinessesCAP ActionAugust 24, 2016
Companies Have Already Adopted the Best Practices of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive OrderCenter for American ProgressJune 9, 2016
Opponents of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Claim Cost Concerns in a Last Ditch Effort to Delay Final ImplementationCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2016
Contracting that WorksCenter for American Progress Action FundNovember 13, 2015
Mitigating Risk to Maximize the Benefits of Employee OwnershipCenter for American ProgressOctober 28, 2015
Capitalism for EveryoneCenter for American ProgressJuly 21, 2015
Raising New York’s Fast-Food Wages Would Be Good for Workers, Taxpayers, and the EconomyCenter for American ProgressJune 19, 2015
Right-to-Work Takes Us in the Wrong DirectionCenter for American ProgressMay 14, 2015
Top 5 Facts About the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ Executive OrderCAP ActionFebruary 26, 2015
Executive Order Protects Workers and Supports Law-Abiding ContractorsCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2014
President Obama Should Use the State of the Union to Hold Accountable Federal Contractors that Harm Workers and Shortchange TaxpayersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2014
Union Membership Remained Steady in 2013, But Conservative Attacks Threaten to Weaken Organized LaborCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2014
At Our Expense: Federal Contractors that Harm Workers Also Shortchange TaxpayersCenter for American ProgressDecember 11, 2013
Infographic: Raising the Minimum WageCenter for American ProgressSeptember 19, 2013
Unions Make the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressMay 21, 2013
Top 6 Policies to Help the Middle Class that Won’t Cost Taxpayers a PennyCenter for American ProgressApril 24, 2013
Growing the WealthCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2013
States at Work: Progressive State Policies to Rebuild the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressMarch 21, 2013
Right-to-Work 101Center for American ProgressFebruary 2, 2012
A Sweet 16 to Build a Strong Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressJanuary 18, 2012
Boeing-Machinists Deal Benefits Company, Workers, and NLRB CredibilityCenter for American ProgressDecember 7, 2011
House Republican Attacks on the National Labor Relations Board Hurt All WorkersCenter for American ProgressNovember 30, 2011
Ohioans Show Their Support for Collective Bargaining RightsCenter for American ProgressNovember 7, 2011
Rep. Payne’s Resolution Recognizes that Unions Build the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2011
House Budget Bill Guts Worker ProtectionsCenter for American ProgressOctober 12, 2011
Interactive: Unions Build a Stronger Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2011
New Census Data Show Middle Class Continues to StruggleCenter for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2011
Interactive Map: Stronger Unions Create A Stronger Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2011
Unions Make the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2011
High-Road GovernmentCenter for American ProgressAugust 20, 2010
Taking the High RoadCenter for American ProgressAugust 11, 2010
Why Is the Public Suddenly Down on Unions?Center for American ProgressJuly 20, 2010
Ask the Expert: We Should Have Seen the BP Disaster ComingCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2010
Rein in Irresponsible Oil DrillersCenter for American ProgressJune 3, 2010
Contracting that WorksCenter for American ProgressMarch 31, 2010
Data MattersCenter for American ProgressMarch 4, 2010
Getting Workers Back on Union RollsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2010
Waiting GameCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2009
The Bottom Line in Labor Law NegotiationsCenter for American ProgressJune 3, 2009
Making Contracting WorkCenter for American ProgressJune 2, 2009
Why Unions Matter to HispanicsCenter for American ProgressApril 21, 2009
The Employee Free Choice Act 101Center for American ProgressMarch 11, 2009
Unions Are Good for the American EconomyCenter for American ProgressFebruary 18, 2009
Big Labor’s Expectations of ObamaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 5, 2009
Unionization Climbs for Two Straight Years, but Remains a Fraction of 1980s RatesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2009
Harming Workers Until the Very EndCenter for American ProgressJanuary 23, 2009
Unions Are Good for State EconomiesCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2008
Enforcing ChangeCenter for American ProgressDecember 8, 2008
A Question of PrioritiesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 29, 2008
Bush Shirks Role as Top Labor CopCenter for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2008