MEDIA CALL ADVISORY: Analysis of How Strong Unions Make a Strong Middle Class
On the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s work to organize sanitation workers in Tennessee, the Center for American Progress Action Fund is releasing new quantitative data that show that strong unions are the foundation for a strong middle class.
Among the findings is that an increase in union presence has a slightly greater positive impact on the middle class than an increase in college graduation rates. The quantitative analysis shows that when unions decline, so does the middle class through a state-by-state analysis. The examples of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, and Hawaii in particular clearly show the correlation between the strength of unions and the health of the middle class in those states.
David Madland, author of the paper, and Richard Freeman, co-author of What do Unions Do?, will discuss the findings of the paper and what it means for the national economy on Monday, April 4, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.
David Madland, Director of the American Worker Project
Richard Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics, Harvard University
WHAT: Media conference call to discuss the quantitative analysis demonstrating how strong unions are the foundation for a strong middle class
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 4