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The Rich Can’t Save Retail

book_alt2 icon Report It’s time for the retail industry to support a policy agenda that helps its most important customers—the middle class.


Retailer Revelations

book_alt2 icon Report America’s retailers need a strong and expanding middle class. That’s why it’s time for retailers to back a policy agenda that addresses middle-class weakness and stagnant wages, which will boost the economy and grow corporate bottom lines.

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Innovations in Apprenticeship

book_alt2 icon Report Forward-thinking employers across the country are demonstrating that apprenticeships can be used to build talent in growing, high-demand occupations.


The Middle-Class Squeeze

book_alt2 icon Report America's middle class is being squeezed by stagnant—and in many cases declining—incomes and rising costs. To address the middle-class squeeze, we need to enact policies that will both increase incomes and also address rising child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement costs.

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National Standards for Strong Apprenticeships

article icon Issue Brief Employer-written national guideline standards can strengthen America’s apprenticeship system.


Why Millennials Aren’t Saving for Retirement—and What We Can Do to Change That

Millennials are saving less for retirement than older generations, threatening the long-term financial security of the youngest generation of American workers.

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The Underuse of Apprenticeships in America

bars icon Charts The United States lags behind its European counterparts in the use of apprenticeships, a proven workforce training tool that would help American businesses, workers, and the U.S. economy as a whole.

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The Bottom Line: Apprenticeships Are Good for Business

Here are the top five ways American companies can benefit from hiring an apprentice.

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Policies States Can Enact to Promote Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is a time-tested worker-training model that is gaining traction as a possible solution to America’s workforce challenges. Here are some steps that states can take to expand apprenticeships.


America’s Incredible Shrinking Overtime Rights Need an Update

article icon Issue Brief Guaranteed overtime rights are on the brink of extinction if the U.S. Department of Labor does not move to protect them.

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Apprenticeship Expansion in England

article icon Issue Brief England demonstrates that there are policies lawmakers can enact to dramatically expand apprenticeships, win industry support, and improve outcomes for workers and businesses.

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What the United States Can Learn from Scotland’s Apprenticeship Expansion

Scotland has doubled its number of apprenticeships while expanding their occupational and gender reach.


Progressive Pro-Growth Principles for Trade and Competitiveness

article icon Issue Brief The United States must develop the international relations and domestic foundations to make trade work for the United States and global middle classes.


Making Progress on Trade and Competitiveness

How trade can work for the middle class.

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6 Policies to Combat Inequality

Six common-sense policies could help roll back economic inequality in America.