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Senior Director, Employment Policy
Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project
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Since 2018, six states and three local governments have enacted laws that bring workers and employers together to recommend standards for sectors of the economy.
Sep 7, 2023
Aurelia Glass, David Madland
Please join the Center for American Progress and a panel of esteemed experts for a discussion on sectoral bargaining.
Feb 23, 2023
David Madland argues that the United States should take note of New Zealand's new labor reform law.
Dec 22, 2022
Unions and policymakers in New Zealand are seeking a solution to address stagnant wages, rising economic inequality, and low productivity after the failures of worksite-only bargaining—and the United States can learn from their efforts.
Nov 29, 2022
For decades, the U.S. economy has left LGBTQI+ individuals and their families behind, but the Biden-Harris administration can use its existing authority to uplift LGBTQI+ workers.
Apr 8, 2022
Aurelia Glass, Sharita Gruberg, Caroline Medina, 1 More
Worker boards have achieved real momentum in the United States, with four states and three local governments enacting laws since 2018 that bring workers and employers together to recommend standards.
Feb 18, 2022
David Madland praises a new Detroit city ordinance that would create a process for bringing together representatives of workers, employers, and the public to make recommendations around minimum compensation and standards for certain industries.
Nov 28, 2021
the Detroit Free Press. See the November 28 print edition for the full article
Sectoral bargaining allows workers to negotiate wages and job standards across an industry, improving working conditions and boosting productivity.
Nov 15, 2021
David Madland, Hai-Lam Phan, Jasmine Hardy, 2 More
Meghan Miller, Eli Horowitz
David Madland's new book explains how to design a new labor system for today's economy with enhanced rights for workers, incentives for union membership, and greater sectoral bargaining.
Jun 28, 2021
David Madland explains how a proposed law in California, the FAST Recovery Act, would vastly improve fast-food workers' rights in the state by creating a sectoral council.
May 21, 2021
A sectoral council is well-suited to address the fast-food industry’s unique challenges and improve working conditions.
Apr 20, 2021
To ensure that workers are afforded the dignity they deserve, state and local officials must act now to strengthen worker power in the workplace and beyond.
Feb 9, 2021
Malkie Wall, David Madland
Maine policymakers can improve the state’s economy and democracy by enacting these 10 recommendations to build worker power.
Jan 22, 2021
David Madland, Malkie Wall
Author David Madland explains the need to bring together representatives of workers, employers, and the public in order to foster coordinated problem-solving.
Dec 3, 2020
David Madland and Malkie Wall explain the importance of sectoral bargaining.
Mar 2, 2020
By developing policies for workers’ boards—governmental bodies that bring together representatives of workers, employers, and the public—state and local policymakers can raise minimum wage rates, benefits, and workplace standards across entire occupations, sectors, and industries.
Dec 11, 2019
Kate Andrias, David Madland, Malkie Wall
Workers’ boards—also known as wage boards or industry committees—set minimum wage rates, benefits, and workplace standards for an entire occupation, sector, or industry. Boards can raise wages for both low- and middle-income workers, and they are particularly helpful in industries where traditional collective bargaining is difficult.
This report serves as a guide for state and local government officials and advocates interested in developing workers’ board policies.
Authors David Madland and Adam Stromme explain the need to improve the working conditions for domestic workers.
Jul 19, 2019
David Madland, Adam Stromme
Author David Madland describes how broader-based bargaining will require increasing union power, promoting contract extensions, and establishing wage boards.
Jul 10, 2019
Allowing more Americans to bargain collectively and instituting novel ways to bargain across industries and occupations will help reduce gender and racial pay gaps.
Jun 28, 2018
Center for American Progress Action Fund
David Madland, Alex Rowell
Author David Madland discusses recent polling showing very strong support for wage boards among American workers.
May 31, 2018
Wage boards would empower all workers to negotiate for higher pay and benefits.
Apr 9, 2018
State and local governments have a role to play in rebuilding worker power—which is crucial for fixing our broken economy.
May 2, 2017
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