Unions and Worker Power

Unions represent workers of all levels of education, and union workers are diverse, just like America. As of 2016, roughly 10.6 million of the 16.3 million workers covered by a union contract are women and/or people of color, and more than half (54.5 percent) of workers age 18 to 64 and covered by a union contract have an associate degree or more education.

The erosion of collective bargaining has undercut wages and benefits not only for union members, but for nonunion workers as well. This has been a major cause of middle-class income stagnation and rising inequality. Yet, millions of workers desire union representation but are not able to obtain it. Restoring workers’ ability to organize and bargain collectively for improved compensation and a voice on the job is a major public policy priority.

Care Economy

Ensuring access to high quality early childhood care and education would have enormous benefits for children, families, society, and the economy. Read More.


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So-Called “Right-to-Work”

So-called right-to-work (RTW) laws seek to hamstring unions’ ability to help employees bargain with their employers for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. Read More.



The Florida Timeline: Worker Justice

Every Floridian deserves access to a quality job that provides a living wage; a job where the employer fosters equitable workplace practices and empowers workers. In a truly thriving economy, working Floridians get to share in the prosperity created by that work. However, Florida’s policies have historically prioritized profits and corporate interests over people, especially workers of color, people paid low wages, and immigrants. This has put economic mobility out of reach for far too many, forcing Floridians to work twice as hard and face countless roadblocks to fiscal stability.


Will Hot Labor Summer Last Forever? Four Takeaways from the Current Labor Movement

The post-pandemic labor market, which forced employers to step up their game to attract workers, won’t last forever. What goes up may very well come back down. The time to lock down gains for low wage workers is now. Policies like local minimum wage boosts, better wage theft enforcement regimes, and strong worker protections can ensure that rising inflation won’t push us back into the status quo: a labor market stacked in favor of big corporations and against the interest of Colorado’s working families.


Brief: The state of labor organizing in Maine

At a glance:

  • Labor unions play an essential role in delivering better wages, benefits, and working conditions not just for their members, but for all workers
  • Women and people of color see even more pronounced gains in wages, retirement security, and health care coverage because of being union members
  • Labor unions contribute to increased civic and community engagement
  • Maine and the nation are seeing a resurgence in worker organizing across a wide range of sectors
  • Public support of unions is at a 60 year high despite the share of workers who belong to a union continuing to lag
  • Recent policy changes in Maine will improve opportunities for workers to organize and secure good jobs
  • Labor laws still fall short when it comes to upholding the rights of workers to organize and have greater say