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

Obama 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.

by Karla Walter | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ohio’s Struggling Middle Class

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

by David Madland and Danielle Corley | Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fight to Raise the Wage Goes Local

Seattle minimum-wage rally article icon 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.

by Anna Chu, Jackie Odum, Brendan Duke | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Infographic: The Middle Class Needs Unions

As union membership has declined, the share of income going to the middle class has shrunk.

by the American Worker Project | Thursday, January 22, 2015

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.

by Karla Walter and David Madland | Monday, January 27, 2014

Union Membership Remained Steady in 2013, But Conservative Attacks Threaten to Weaken Organized Labor

UnionsPolicies that undermine unionization ultimately threaten the strength and vitality of America’s middle class.

by Karla Walter and David Madland | Friday, January 24, 2014

The Decline of Colorado’s Middle Class

Colorado article icon 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.

by David Madland and Keith Miller | Thursday, December 12, 2013

How the Federal Contracting System Harms Workers and Taxpayers

An event hosted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, featuring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), looks at how the government can uphold high standards among government contractors.

| Wednesday, December 11, 2013

At Our Expense

Oil rig worker book_alt2 icon 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.

by Karla Walter and David Madland | Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Boost the Incomes of Millions of Women and Their Families

If Congress raised the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, millions of American women would be better able to support themselves and their families.

by David Madland and Keith Miller | Monday, December 9, 2013

Labor and Management Working Together

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

by David Madland | Thursday, December 5, 2013

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Help, Not Hurt, Our Economy

Evidence shows that raising the minimum wage when unemployment is high does not harm the economy.

by T. William Lester, David Madland, Jackie Odum | Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Improving Retirement Savings in Maryland

David Madland discusses a new private-sector retirement-plan type called the Secure, Accessible, Flexible, and Efficient, or SAFE, Retirement Plan before the Maryland Joint Committee on Pensions.

by David Madland | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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.

by David Madland and Keith Miller | Friday, September 20, 2013

Infographic: Raising the Minimum Wage

This infographic shows how the California minimum-wage increase will affect the state’s working families.

by Karla Walter | Thursday, September 19, 2013