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State Budget Deficits Are Not an Employee Compensation Problem

David Madland and Nick Bunker argue that states' budget woes are due to the recession, not public employees' salaries.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why Is the Public Suddenly Down on Unions?

Karla Walter and David Madland explain why public support for unions has recently dropped and why it should go back up once the economy recovers.

by David Madland and Karla Walter | Tuesday, July 20, 2010

NFL Negotiations 101

book_alt2 icon Report Casey Gerald and David Madland explain the NFL player-owner labor contract dispute—what issues are at stake and what will happen if there’s no agreement.

by Casey Gerald and David Madland | Thursday, March 4, 2010

Post-Superbowl Strategies

The Colts-Saints matchup should be an exciting championship game, but the labor negotiations to follow will be educational for all Americans, writes David Madland.

by David Madland | Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ask the Expert: NFL Contracts and American Workers

play_alt icon Video David Madland discusses the NFL player-owner dispute: what it means for football, how NFL contracts compare to workers' contracts, and what we can learn from the negotiations.

by David Madland | Thursday, February 4, 2010

Why Unions Matter to Hispanics

As the economy flounders, the rights of workers have never been more imperiled, writes Karla Walter in Poder magazine.

by Karla Walter | Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Card Check: Unions’ Salvation?

Supporters of the Employee Free Choice Act say the bill’s passage would go a long way toward reversing the decline in union membership. The bill’s opponents say the real reason for the decline of unions is that workers simply don’t want to join them. Read more here.

by David Madland | Friday, February 6, 2009

Big Labor’s Expectations of Obama

What should we expect from the Obama administration on labor unions? Previously, David Madland and Shikha Dalmia debated the impact unions have on ailing U.S. automakers and whether the trend of declining union membership will reverse. Karla Walter is writing in Madland’s place today. Read more here.

by Karla Walter | Thursday, February 5, 2009

After the U.S. Recovers, Will Unions?

With U.S. manufacturing jobs on the decline, what will American labor unions look like in the future? What sectors of the U.S. economy should we expect to be heavily unionized? Read more here.

by David Madland | Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Autoworker unions: villains or victims?

How much are deals struck with labor unions weighing down Detroit? Shikha Dalmia and David Madland debate.

by David Madland | Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Unionization Climbs for Two Straight Years, but Remains a Fraction of 1980s Rates

New data shows that workers overwhelmingly want unions, but significant union growth will requires new legislation, write David Madland and Karla Walter.

by David Madland and Karla Walter | Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Open Debate About Auto Industry Loans Hijacked by Conservatives

Conservative attacks on unions and their workers are preventing an honest discussion on the auto bailout, write David Madland and Nayla Kazzi.

by David Madland and Nayla Kazzi | Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Issue Brief: Unions Are Good for the Economy and Democracy

The Employee Free Choice Act is likely to go before Congress early next year. Harley Shaiken and David Madland outline the facts you need to know.

by Harley Shaiken and David Madland | Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Promote Unionization by Enacting the Employee Free Choice Act

Congress should enact and the president should sign and enforce the Employee Free Choice Act. The Act would require employers to recognize a union after a majority of workers signs cards authorizing union representation.

| Friday, August 8, 2008

The Write Stuff

The Office returns to TV tonight, one of the first shows back after the writers' strike. David Madland examines what this means for the economy.

by David Madland | Thursday, April 10, 2008