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Infographic: Unions Are Essential for a Strong Middle Class

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Labor and Management Working Together

Is this an innovative step for the United Automobile Workers and Volkswagen?

Middle Classes Are Stronger in States with Greater Union Membership

New Census Bureau data underscore how critical unions are in building strong middle classes across the country.

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Latest Census Data Underscore How Important Unions Are for the Middle Class

The decline of labor unions is an often-overlooked factor in the decreasing share of national income going to the middle class.

Senate Republicans May Allow Workers’ Rights to Disappear

If the Senate fails to act soon to approve the president’s five bipartisan National Labor Relations Board nominees, many workplace protections could functionally disappear in August.

Video Series: Unions Make the Middle Class

play_alt icon Video The Center for American Progress Action Fund produced a video series documenting what is at stake in three real stories of how unions make the middle class.

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State-Level Policies Threaten to Further Weaken Unions

We should adopt policies that help workers freely choose whether to organize if we want to strengthen organized labor and create a vibrant middle class.

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Michigan ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill Is the Wrong Economics for the Middle Class

article icon Issue Brief So-called right-to-work legislation will make it harder for unions to do their job: improving wages and working conditions. That, in turn, will weaken the middle class, which will lower our nation’s economic competitiveness.

Rick Snyder

Right-to-Work Bill Would Harm Michigan’s Middle Class

Right-to-work laws weaken unions, lower middle-class income, and don’t reduce unemployment.

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States with Stronger Unions Have Stronger Middle Classes

Strengthening organized labor is one of the most important steps to help rebuild our middle class.

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Unions Are Necessary to Rebuilding Our Middle Class

By advancing the interests of the middle class in the workplace and in our democracy, unions help build and strengthen the middle class.

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