As lawmakers debate economic recovery investments, they must ensure that all companies receiving government funding comply with job quality standards.
Federal policymakers can raise funds and support unions with two policy reforms.
President Biden is using his executive authority to build power and improve the lives of contract workers; he can do even more to raise standards for service workers.
By fixing problems in the federal contracting system, the Biden administration can raise standards for millions of workers, provide law-abiding companies the opportunity to compete on an even playing field, and ensure that taxpayers receive good value.
Sectoral bargaining is a form of collective bargaining that extends negotiated wages, benefits, and workplace standards across an entire occupation, industry, or region.
Across U.S. states and the District of Columbia, members of the working class support policies to raise wages, increase taxes on the wealthy, and boost spending on health care, education, and infrastructure.
Despite the economic expansion, union density has continued to fall across demographic groups, industries, and occupations, as well as in most states.
Union membership rates are at record lows, and new data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the share of income going to the middle class remains low as well.
President Trump promised to defend “forgotten workers,” but his administration has instead advanced an anti-worker agenda that favors corporate interests at the expense of working-class Americans.
Broader-based bargaining requires increasing union power, promoting contract extensions, and establishing wage boards.