Right-to-Work Takes Us in the Wrong Direction
State and local governments are moving to enact right-to-work laws that harm all workers, regardless of union status, and do not result in the job growth promised by proponents. Policymakers can help working families by pursuing policies to uphold workers’ ability to join together in unions. Read more →
Fight to Raise the Wage Goes Local
As city minimum-wage laws are beginning to pick up steam, evidence suggests that raising the minimum wage does not harm local jobs.
The ‘Sheldon Adelson Primary’
2016 Republican hopefuls speak before the GOP’s premier mega-donor, pushing ideas that are bad for Nevadans and working families everywhere.
Infographic: Unions Are Essential for a Strong Middle Class
A strong middle class needs unions in order to combat increasing inequality.
Best Practices for Upholding Standards for Contracted Custodial and Security Workers
Karla Walter, Associate Director of the American Worker Project at American Progress, testified before the Cambridge City Council Economic Development and University Relations Committee.
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.
Labor and Work
It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage in Los Angeles
Fact Sheet Increasing the minimum wage in Los Angeles is an important step in providing hardworking Americans with a better opportunity to get ahead, while giving the economy a much-needed boost.
The Academy Awards of Voter Suppression
Issue Brief There are unfortunately many worthy candidates vying for recognition when it comes to denying access to the ballot box, but this year’s awards go to the individuals and groups that stand out from all the rest.
Energy and Environment
Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus: 114th Congress
After the warmest year in recorded history, a shocking number of congressional Republicans deny or question the science behind human-caused climate change.
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.
State of the States Report 2014
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.
Building Local Momentum for National Change
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.
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.
Backfire: Republican Rhetoric in 2014 Will Be an Albatross for 2016
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.
10 Things to Expect Next Year If Republicans Win the Senate
Issue Brief Progressive issues from health care to the environment are at stake in this year’s election.