Raising New York’s Fast-Food Wages Would Be Good for Workers, Taxpayers, and the Economy
Testimony before the New York State Fast Food Wage Board
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. Read more →
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.
Best Practices for Upholding Standards for Contracted Custodial and Security Workers
Karla Walter, Associate Director of the American Worker Project at American Progress, testified before the Cambridge City Council Economic Development and University Relations Committee.
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.
As Income Inequality Rises, America’s Middle Class Shrinks
Charts Increasing income inequality has decreased the share of the population earning a middle-class income.
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.
Fight to Raise the Wage Goes Local
Issue Brief As city minimum-wage laws are beginning to pick up steam, evidence suggests that raising the minimum wage does not harm local jobs.