What Do Unions Do for the Middle Class?
Report The decline of unions over the past 30 years has contributed to the falling share of middle-class workers.
Wisconsin, Unions, and the Middle Class
Fact Sheet Wisconsin’s middle class is falling behind. Unions can help by raising wages and reducing the pay gap.
More Data, Same Problem: A Wide Look at Income Trends in the Middle Class
Charts Different data sources concur that middle-class market incomes have grown slowly, if at all, despite significant growth in the economy at large.
Bargaining for the American Dream
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.
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.
The Rich Can’t Save Retail
Report It’s time for the retail industry to support a policy agenda that helps its most important customers—the middle class.
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.
Innovations in Apprenticeship
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
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.
National Standards for Strong Apprenticeships
Issue Brief Employer-written national guideline standards can strengthen America’s apprenticeship system.
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.
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.
The Underuse of Apprenticeships in America
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.
The Bottom Line: Apprenticeships Are Good for Business
Here are the top five ways American companies can benefit from hiring an apprentice.
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.