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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.

by the American Worker Project | Monday, May 11, 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

Top 5 Facts About the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ Executive Order

Obama signs executive orderTwo 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.

by Karla Walter and David Madland | Thursday, February 26, 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

5 Reasons President Obama Should Hold Accountable the Law-Breaking Contractors Who Harm Workers and Shortchange Taxpayers

President Barack Obama signs an executive order bars icon 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.

by Karla Walter | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Florida’s Struggling Middle Class

Florida job applicant article icon Issue Brief Economic inequality has increased significantly in Florida in recent decades and threatens statewide economic growth.

by David Madland and Keith Miller | Thursday, May 29, 2014

Evidence Shows Increasing the Minimum Wage Is No Threat to Employment

Minimum WageHistorical experience and academic studies show that raising the minimum wage does not harm the economy, even when unemployment is high.

by David Madland and Keith Miller | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cities at Work

Busy Boston street book_alt2 icon 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.

by Joel Rogers and Satya Rhodes-Conway | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Polling Shows Americans Want Retirement Policy Reform

Job Fair article icon Issue Brief Polling indicates that Americans are worried about their ability to retire and want policymakers to take action.

by David Madland and Keith Miller | Thursday, January 30, 2014

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