Policymakers should remember the importance of labor unions to help rebuild the middle class.
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.
Unions provide the middle class a much-needed voice in the policymaking process, and their decline portends further trouble for most Americans.
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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Policies that undermine unionization ultimately threaten the strength and vitality of America’s middle class.
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New Census Bureau data underscore how critical unions are in building strong middle classes across the country.
The decline of labor unions is an often-overlooked factor in the decreasing share of national income going to the middle class.
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.
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.