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Expertise: Employment, labor

Karla Walter is Director of the American Worker Project at American Progress. Karla focuses primarily on improving the economic security of American workers by increasing workers’ wages and benefits, promoting workplace protections, and advancing workers’ rights at work. Prior to joining American Progress, Karla was a research analyst at Good Jobs First, providing support to officials, policy research organizations, and grassroots advocacy groups striving to make state and local economic development subsidies more accountable and effective. She has co-authored several studies that promote economic development policies that meet workers’ needs and advocate for greater corporate accountability. Previously, she worked as a legislative aide for Wisconsin State Rep. Jennifer Shilling. Her work has been referenced in The New York Times and other newspapers. Karla earned a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

By Karla Walter
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5 Reasons Why the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations Will Raise Standards for Workers, Taxpayers, and BusinessesCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 24, 2016
Companies Have Already Adopted the Best Practices of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive OrderCenter for American Progress ActionJune 9, 2016
Infographic: $15 and a UnionCenter for American Progress ActionApril 14, 2016
Opponents of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Claim Cost Concerns in a Last Ditch Effort to Delay Final ImplementationCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 9, 2016
Contracting that WorksCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 13, 2015
Comments on Regulations and Guidance Implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive OrderCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 26, 2015
‘Freedom’ and other right-to-work liesThe Milwaukee Journal SentinelAugust 20, 2015
Raising New York’s Fast-Food Wages Would Be Good for Workers, Taxpayers, and the EconomyCenter for American Progress ActionJune 19, 2015
Right-to-Work Takes Us in the Wrong DirectionCenter for American Progress ActionMay 14, 2015
Best Practices for Upholding Standards for Contracted Custodial and Security WorkersCenter for American Progress ActionApril 29, 2015
Top 5 Facts About the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ Executive OrderCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 26, 2015
Executive Order Protects Workers and Supports Law-Abiding ContractorsCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 31, 2014
5 Reasons President Obama Should Hold Accountable the Law-Breaking Contractors Who Harm Workers and Shortchange TaxpayersCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 29, 2014
President Obama Should Use the State of the Union to Hold Accountable Federal Contractors that Harm Workers and Shortchange TaxpayersCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 27, 2014
Union Membership Remained Steady in 2013, But Conservative Attacks Threaten to Weaken Organized LaborCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 24, 2014
At Our ExpenseCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 11, 2013
Infographic: Raising the Minimum WageCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 19, 2013
Video Series: Unions Make the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionMay 21, 2013
Top 6 Policies to Help the Middle Class that Won’t Cost Taxpayers a PennyCenter for American Progress ActionApril 24, 2013
Growing the WealthCenter for American Progress ActionApril 2, 2013
States at Work: Progressive State Policies to Rebuild the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 21, 2013
The Romney Economic Agenda and Its Effect on the Middle Class and GrowthCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 31, 2012
Right-to-Work 101Center for American Progress ActionFebruary 2, 2012
A Sweet 16 to Build a Strong Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 18, 2012
Boeing-Machinists Deal Benefits Company, Workers, and NLRB CredibilityCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 7, 2011
House Republican Attacks on the National Labor Relations Board Hurt All WorkersCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 30, 2011
Ohioans Show Their Support for Collective Bargaining RightsCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 7, 2011
Rep. Payne’s Resolution Recognizes that Unions Build the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 2, 2011
House Budget Bill Guts Worker ProtectionsCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 12, 2011
Interactive: Unions Build a Stronger Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 23, 2011
New Census Data Show Middle Class Continues to StruggleCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 13, 2011
Unions Make the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionApril 4, 2011
Interactive Map: Stronger Unions Create A Stronger Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionApril 4, 2011
High-Road GovernmentCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 20, 2010
Taking the High RoadCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 11, 2010
Why Is the Public Suddenly Down on Unions?Center for American Progress ActionJuly 20, 2010
Ask the Expert: We Should Have Seen the BP Disaster ComingCenter for American Progress ActionJune 17, 2010
Rein in Irresponsible Oil DrillersCenter for American Progress ActionJune 3, 2010
Contracting that WorksCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 31, 2010
Data MattersCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 4, 2010
Getting Workers Back on Union RollsCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 22, 2010
Waiting GameCenter for American Progress ActionJune 18, 2009
The Bottom Line in Labor Law NegotiationsCenter for American Progress ActionJune 3, 2009
Making Contracting WorkCenter for American Progress ActionJune 2, 2009
Why Unions Matter to HispanicsCenter for American Progress ActionApril 21, 2009
The Employee Free Choice Act 101Center for American Progress ActionMarch 11, 2009
Unions Are Good for the American EconomyCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 18, 2009
Big Labor’s Expectations of ObamaCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 5, 2009
Unionization Climbs for Two Straight Years, but Remains a Fraction of 1980s RatesCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 28, 2009
Harming Workers Until the Very EndCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 23, 2009
Unions Are Good for State EconomiesCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 18, 2008
Enforcing ChangeCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 8, 2008
A Question of PrioritiesCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 29, 2008
Bush Shirks Role as Top Labor CopCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 9, 2008