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Union Membership Remained Steady in 2013, But Conservative Attacks Threaten to Weaken Organized Labor

Policies that undermine unionization ultimately threaten the strength and vitality of America’s middle class.

By Karla Walter and David Madland | Friday, January 24, 2014

Labor and Management Working Together

Is this an innovative step for the United Automobile Workers and Volkswagen?

By David Madland | Thursday, December 5, 2013

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.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Friday, September 20, 2013

Fast-food workers' strike

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.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Video Series: Unions Make the Middle Class

play_alt icon 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.

By Andrew Satter, Lauren Santa Cruz, and Karla Walter | Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Indiana union protest

State-Level Policies Threaten to Further Weaken Unions

We should adopt policies that help workers freely choose whether to organize if we want to strengthen organized labor and create a vibrant middle class.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan giving a speech

Michigan ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill Is the Wrong Economics for the Middle Class

article icon Issue Brief So-called right-to-work legislation will make it harder for unions to do their job: improving wages and working conditions. That, in turn, will weaken the middle class, which will lower our nation’s economic competitiveness.

By Adam Hersh, Heather Boushey, and David Madland | Monday, December 10, 2012

Rick Snyder

Right-to-Work Bill Would Harm Michigan’s Middle Class

Right-to-work laws weaken unions, lower middle-class income, and don’t reduce unemployment.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Monday, December 10, 2012

Union members rally in

States with Stronger Unions Have Stronger Middle Classes

Strengthening organized labor is one of the most important steps to help rebuild our middle class.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Friday, September 21, 2012

Union rally

Unions Are Necessary to Rebuilding Our Middle Class

By advancing the interests of the middle class in the workplace and in our democracy, unions help build and strengthen the middle class.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Right-to-Work 101

article icon Issue Brief Karla Walter, David Madland, and Ross Eisenbrey present six ways right-to-work laws harm union and nonunion workers alike as well as the communities they live in.

By David Madland, Karla Walter, and Ross Eisenbrey | Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dormant Union Membership Is a Bad Sign for the Middle Class

David Madland and Nick Bunker explain why building a middle class for the 21st century will be difficult until union membership starts to increase.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Friday, January 27, 2012

Boeing-Machinists Deal Benefits Company, Workers, and NLRB Credibility

David Madland and Karla Walter conclude that a recent compromise between Boeing and its workers is good for all parties and discredits attacks on the National Labor Relations Board.

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Wednesday, December 7, 2011