Middle-Class Economics Archives
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.
Middle-Class Societies Invest More in Public Education
Report David Madland and Nick Bunker argue that strengthening our middle class will be good for our educational system and for our economy.
The Middle Class Is Key to a Better-Educated Nation
Report Examining test scores in all 50 states, David Madland and Nick Bunker find that a stronger American middle class is associated with higher levels of academic achievement.
Rep. Payne’s Resolution Recognizes that Unions Build the Middle Class
A new resolution, citing research from the American Worker Project, highlights how unions benefit the 99 percent of Americans that need to work for a living, write Karla Walter and David Madland.
Infographic: Six Ways Unions Build a Strong Middle Class
An illustration of how unions give workers more power in the economy and the political process.
As Unions Weaken So Does the Middle Class
David Madland and Nick Bunker parse the latest figures to show states with weak unions also share another trait—a weak middle class.
New Census Data Show Middle Class Continues to Struggle
Income for middle-class Americans continues to shrink, write David Madland, Karla Walter, and Nick Bunker. Increasing union membership can help them secure more of the economy’s gains.