As Income Inequality Rises, America’s Middle Class Shrinks
Increasing income inequality has decreased the share of the population earning a middle-class income. Read more →
Infographic: The Middle Class Needs Unions
As union membership has declined, the share of income going to the middle class has shrunk.
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.
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.
Executive Order Protects Workers and Supports Law-Abiding Contractors
President Barack Obama’s latest executive order adopts best practices from the public and private sectors that will protect workers and save taxpayer dollars.
5 Reasons President Obama Should Hold Accountable the Law-Breaking Contractors Who Harm Workers and Shortchange Taxpayers
Charts Federal concession and contract workers gathered today to protest unfair working conditions and wage theft by their employers. President Barack Obama can adopt contracting reforms through executive action to ensure that only responsible, law-abiding companies receive government contracts.
Florida’s Struggling Middle Class
Issue Brief Economic inequality has increased significantly in Florida in recent decades and threatens statewide economic growth.
Evidence Shows Increasing the Minimum Wage Is No Threat to Employment
Historical experience and academic studies show that raising the minimum wage does not harm the economy, even when unemployment is high.
Cities at Work
Report Local governments need to take bold action to restore the middle class and ensure more access to it. Cities are an important and unique solution to many social problems.
Polling Shows Americans Want Retirement Policy Reform
Issue Brief Polling indicates that Americans are worried about their ability to retire and want policymakers to take action.
President Obama Should Use the State of the Union to Hold Accountable Federal Contractors that Harm Workers and Shortchange Taxpayers
The president can adopt responsible contracting reforms through executive action to ensure that only responsible, law-abiding companies receive government contracts.
Union Membership Remained Steady in 2013, But Conservative Attacks Threaten to Weaken Organized Labor
Policies that undermine unionization ultimately threaten the strength and vitality of America’s middle class.
The Decline of Colorado’s Middle Class
Issue Brief Colorado’s increasingly unequal economy is harming the state’s middle class and threatening to undermine the state’s long-term prospects for growth.
At Our Expense
Report A Center for American Progress Action Fund study finds that one in four government contractors committing egregious workplace violations also provide bad value for the government.
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.