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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

Unions Make Democracy Work for the Middle Class

article icon Issue Brief David Madland and Nick Bunker show how organized labor increases political participation and fights for policies that help union and nonunion Americans alike.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Middle-Class Societies Invest More in Public Education

book_alt2 icon Report David Madland and Nick Bunker argue that strengthening our middle class will be good for our educational system and for our economy.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Middle Class Is Key to a Better-Educated Nation

book_alt2 icon 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.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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.

By Karla Walter and David Madland | Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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.

Friday, September 23, 2011

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.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Friday, September 23, 2011

Interactive: Unions Build a Stronger Middle Class

cursor icon Interactive Interactive from Nick Bunker, David Madland, and Karla Walter shows how unionization leads to more income for middle-class families.

By Nick Bunker, David Madland, and Karla Walter | Friday, September 23, 2011

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.

By David Madland, Karla Walter, and Nick Bunker | Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Unions Make the Middle Class

book_alt2 icon Report Report from David Madland, Karla Walter, and Nick Bunker shows how stronger unions create a stronger middle class.

By David Madland, Karla Walter, and Nick Bunker | Monday, April 4, 2011