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Infographic: Raising the Minimum Wage

This infographic shows how the California minimum-wage increase will affect the state’s working families.

By Karla Walter | Thursday, September 19, 2013

3 Charts Showing How Middle-Class Incomes Continue to Stagnate While Overall Inequality Grows

JobsThese 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.

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

Latest Census Data Underscore How Important Unions Are for the Middle Class

Fast-food workers' strikeThe 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

The Need for Transparency in Detroit

Kevyn OrrDetroit’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.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Thursday, August 15, 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

States at Work: Progressive State Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class

Middle-class family book_alt2 icon 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.

By Karla Walter, Tom Hucker, and David Madland, with Nick Bunker and David Sanchez | Thursday, March 21, 2013

Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program and Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust

David Madland discusses the Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program before the Maryland House of Delegates.

By David Madland | Tuesday, March 5, 2013

State-Level Policies Threaten to Further Weaken Unions

Indiana union protestWe 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

States with Stronger Unions Have Stronger Middle Classes

Union members rally in 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

Pension Modernization for a 21st Century Workforce

David Madland delivers remarks at a roundtable discussion with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

By David Madland | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Unions Are Necessary to Rebuilding Our Middle Class

Union rallyBy 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

Women Are the Biggest Losers from Failure to Raise Minimum Wage

Boosting the minimum wage will be a particular boon to women and people of color, who make up a disproportionate share of minimum wage earners, argue David Madland and Nick Bunker.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Facts on Raising the Minimum Wage When Unemployment Is High

Recent studies show that increasing the minimum wage even during hard times is good policy, providing higher pay but no loss of jobs, say T. William Lester, David Madland, and Nick Bunker.

By T. William Lester, David Madland, and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ties that Bind

article icon Issue Brief David Madland and Nick Bunker explain why rebuilding the American middle class is an important step toward rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, March 22, 2012