Senior Director, Employment Policy
David Madland and Malkie Wall explain the importance of sectoral bargaining.
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.
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.
Author David Madland describes how broader-based bargaining will require increasing union power, promoting contract extensions, and establishing wage boards.
Allowing more Americans to bargain collectively and instituting novel ways to bargain across industries and occupations will help reduce gender and racial pay gaps.
Author David Madland discusses recent polling showing very strong support for wage boards among American workers.
Wage boards would empower all workers to negotiate for higher pay and benefits.
State and local governments have a role to play in rebuilding worker power—which is crucial for fixing our broken economy.
This report explains how to modernize labor law to raise wages, increase collaboration, and boost productivity.