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Improving Americans’ Retirement Outcomes Through the National Savings Plan

book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers should take action to expand retirement plan access to the millions of Americans without a workplace retirement plan.

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What Do Unions Do for the Middle Class?

book_alt2 icon Report The decline of unions over the past 30 years has contributed to the falling share of middle-class workers.

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Unwarranted Outcry: NLRB Browning-Ferris Decision Re-establishes Employer Responsibility

By adapting its joint employer test to today’s workplace realities, the National Labor Relations Board’s Browning-Ferris decision, rather than ruining franchising, ensures that employees can meaningfully bargain with their employers.

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Contracting that Works

book_alt2 icon Report State and local governments can boost job standards across our economy; ensure that high-road business can compete on an even playing field; and provide taxpayers with good value by adopting the government contracting practices identified in this report.

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Mitigating Risk to Maximize the Benefits of Employee Ownership

book_alt2 icon Report Addressing risk factors involved in employee ownership will ensure that more workers can benefit from its positive effects.

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New Census Data Highlight Why the Middle Class Needs Strong Unions

Policymakers should remember the importance of labor unions to help rebuild the middle class.

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Bargaining for the American Dream

book_alt2 icon Report New analysis shows that children whose parents belonged to a union—as well as children who grew up in areas with high union membership—earn more money as adults.

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Comments on Regulations and Guidance Implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

article icon Issue Brief The draft regulations and guidance represent an important step toward ensuring that the federal procurement process upholds strong responsibility standards.

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Ohio’s Struggling Middle Class

article icon Issue Brief Economic inequality is harming Ohio’s middle class and threatening statewide economic growth.

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Capitalism for Everyone

book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers can help workers, businesses, and investors do better by encouraging companies to adopt broad-based profit-sharing programs.

Raising New York’s Fast-Food Wages Would Be Good for Workers, Taxpayers, and the Economy

Karla Walter, Associate Director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, testifies before the New York State Fast Food Wage Board.

Illinois

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.

Infographic: Unions Are Essential for a Strong Middle Class

A strong middle class needs unions in order to combat increasing inequality.

Infographic: $15 and a Union

Workers are standing up for a living wage and a union. Here is why the union is so important.

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