At Our Expense
Federal Contractors that Harm Workers Also Shortchange Taxpayers
A Center for American Progress Action Fund study finds that one in four government contractors committing egregious workplace violations also provide bad value for the government. Read more →
Raising the Minimum Wage Would Boost the Incomes of Millions of Women and Their Families
If Congress raised the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, millions of American women would be better able to support themselves and their families.
Labor and Management Working Together
Is this an innovative step for the United Automobile Workers and Volkswagen?
Raising the Minimum Wage Would Help, Not Hurt, Our Economy
New evidence shows that raising the minimum wage when unemployment is high does not harm the economy.
Improving Retirement Savings in Maryland
David Madland discusses a new private-sector retirement-plan type called the Secure, Accessible, Flexible, and Efficient, or SAFE, Retirement Plan before the Maryland Joint Committee on Pensions.
Middle Classes Are Stronger in States with Greater Union Membership
New Census Bureau data underscore how critical unions are in building strong middle classes across the country.
Infographic: Raising the Minimum Wage
This infographic shows how the California minimum-wage increase will affect the state’s working families.
3 Charts Showing How Middle-Class Incomes Continue to Stagnate While Overall Inequality Grows
These three charts present today’s new Census figures in a historical context and illustrate how the middle class has struggled to make headway in an increasingly unequal economy.
Latest Census Data Underscore How Important Unions Are for the Middle Class
The decline of labor unions is an often-overlooked factor in the decreasing share of national income going to the middle class.
American Retirement Savings Could Be Much Better
Report The creation of a SAFE Retirement Plan would significantly improve our private-sector retirement system by better handling the risks and costs of retirement compared to the typical and perfect-world 401(k) plan.
The Need for Transparency in Detroit
Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr should immediately make public the methods that he and his actuaries are using to claim that the city’s pension funds are in dire condition.
Senate Republicans May Allow Workers’ Rights to Disappear
If the Senate fails to act soon to approve the president’s five bipartisan National Labor Relations Board nominees, many workplace protections could functionally disappear in August.
Video Series: Unions Make the Middle Class
Video The Center for American Progress Action Fund produced a video series documenting what is at stake in three real stories of how unions make the middle class.
A Stronger Middle Class Leads to More Investment in Postsecondary Education
The rise in U.S. income inequality and the decline of the American middle class have skewed public policy toward the wishes of the rich and contributed to underinvestment in higher education.
States at Work: Progressive State Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class
Report State governments have a tremendous responsibility to help restore the promise of the American Dream, and can be part of the solution to rebuild a strong and growing middle class.