Collective bargaining and right to organize
Strong unions and employee organizing rights foster a vibrant middle class. Historically, workers covered by collective bargaining have successfully sought and won important compensation and labor practices that became the norm for American workers, including the weekend, paid vacation, sick time, and the 40-hour workweek. In short, collective bargaining improves pay and working conditions for the entire workforce, including nonunion workers. So when the share of workers covered by collective bargaining declines, those who care about working conditions of ordinary American families are right to be concerned. EPI research analyzes the trends in unionization and their effects on wage stagnation and growing income inequality. EPI experts monitor legislative attempts to weaken collective bargaining, identify public administrative failures to protect the rights that exist, and propose ways to safeguard and strengthen collective bargaining rights.