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What Do Unions Do for the Middle Class?

book_alt2 icon Report The decline of unions over the past 30 years has contributed to the falling share of middle-class workers.

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Wisconsin, Unions, and the Middle Class

article icon Fact Sheet Wisconsin’s middle class is falling behind. Unions can help by raising wages and reducing the pay gap.

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More Data, Same Problem: A Wide Look at Income Trends in the Middle Class

bars icon Charts Different data sources concur that middle-class market incomes have grown slowly, if at all, despite significant growth in the economy at large.

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Bargaining for the American Dream

book_alt2 icon Report New analysis shows that children whose parents belonged to a union—as well as children who grew up in areas with high union membership—earn more money as adults.

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New Data Illustrate the Failure of the Trickle-Down Experiment

Updated data from University of California, Berkeley, economist Emmanuel Saez illustrate how middle-class income growth is essential to promote healthy economic growth.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How Overtime Reform Will Grow the Economy from the Middle Out

Modernizing overtime rules would kickstart our economy in the short term and help us invest in human capital in the long term.

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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.

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