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Labor and Work

Top 5 Facts About the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ Executive Order

Two subcommittees of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee will jointly debate President Barack Obama’s most recent contracting executive order today. The order helps fix a broken system and protects taxpayers, law-abiding businesses, and millions of American workers.

by Karla Walter & David Madland | Thursday, February 26, 2015


Infographic: The Middle Class Needs Unions

As union membership has declined, the share of income going to the middle class has shrunk.

by The American Worker Project | Thursday, January 22, 2015

Race and Ethnicity

The Ridiculous Premise of Romney 2016: Champion of the Poor

No amount of repackaging can change the fact that Mitt Romney’s economic policies would devastate the poor and prove catastrophic for struggling American families.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, January 15, 2015

2008 Election organizer

State of the States Report 2014

book_alt2 icon Report To make substantive change and dramatically reduce poverty and inequality in the United States, we must harness the momentum on the state and local level.

by Sarah Baron | Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Building Local Momentum for National Change

book_alt2 icon Report Progress on passing policies to cut poverty at the national level remains frustratingly stagnant, but an anti-poverty agenda is building momentum at the local level.

by Melissa Boteach, Shawn Fremstad, Erik Stegman, Sarah Baron, Rebecca Vallas | Monday, November 17, 2014

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Labor and Work

Unions Are Among the Very Few Interest Groups that Represent the Middle Class

Unions provide the middle class a much-needed voice in the policymaking process, and their decline portends further trouble for most Americans.

by David Madland & Danielle Corley | Friday, November 14, 2014

I voted stickers

Backfire: Republican Rhetoric in 2014 Will Be an Albatross for 2016

article icon Issue Brief While Republicans’ far-right positions may help drive the conservative base in 2014, many of their actions and messages risk alienating the rising American electorate of 2016—Latinos, Millennials, African Americans, and women.

by Neera Tanden, Gov. Ted Strickland, Arkadi Gerney, and Tiffany Germain | Monday, November 3, 2014

Mitch McConnell

10 Things to Expect Next Year If Republicans Win the Senate

article icon Issue Brief Progressive issues from health care to the environment are at stake in this year’s election.

by Tony Carrk | Friday, October 24, 2014

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Kochonomics in Wisconsin and North Carolina

book_alt2 icon Report How the Koch brothers and their network created a system that benefits their bottom line regardless of everyone else.

by Anna Chu | Monday, September 8, 2014

Cory Gardner

Cory’s Colorado

article icon Issue Brief In an economic climate where Colorado’s leaders should be fighting to expand the middle class, Rep. Cory Gardner’s policy positions on women’s health and women’s economic security would squeeze the budgets of working women and their families even more.

by Charles Posner | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Labor and Work

New Census Data Once Again Illustrate Importance of Unions to the Middle Class

Strong unions are necessary to maintain a robust middle class. If action is not taken to prevent their further erosion, the middle class’ share of America’s economic gains may continue to shrink.

by Keith Miller and David Madland | Thursday, September 18, 2014



book_alt2 icon Report The Koch brothers and their sprawling political network are expanding beyond federal and even state policy and are going local to manipulate the economic and political system to benefit their bottom line at the expense of everyone else.

by Charles Posner, Tiffany Germain, and Anna Chu | Thursday, August 14, 2014