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News from EPI › Erosion of collective bargaining is the result of inadequate labor laws and attacks on workers
January 26, 2017 | By Lawrence Mishel | Press ReleasesThe erosion of collective bargaining and union membership shown in today’s Union Members Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reflects ongoing dynamics in the private sector (where union membership density was down 0.3 percent in 2016) coupled with fiscal austerity—which led to slow growth in public sector jobs at the state and local level—and attacks on public sector unionism (where union density declined 0.8 percent).
January 19, 2017 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogThis blog post presents some early findings of a forthcoming report* on the race and ethnic diversity of construction employment—union and nonunion—in New York City, updating some of my research released in 2013.
January 17, 2017 | By Lawrence Mishel | VideoOn December 5, 2016, EPI president Lawrence Mishel participated in a Q&A discussion with Manuela Veloso, Vijay Kumar, Guruduth Banavar, Richard Freeman, and Diane Bailey at the De Lange Conference X – Human, Machines and the Future of Work.
January 17, 2017 | By Lawrence Mishel | VideoOn December 5, 2016, EPI president Lawrence Mishel spoke at the De Lange Conference X – Human, Machines and the Future of Work about automation, job shortages and rising inequality in a presentation titled Should we fear the robots?.
January 4, 2017 | By Lawrence Mishel | Press ReleasesIt is disappointing to see Kentucky poised to become a so-called right-to-work state. Doing so will only lower the wages and benefits of workers, both union and nonunion, and further tilt our economy and political life toward dominance by big business and the wealthy.
December 8, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | Press ReleasesThe Secretary of Labor should serve as an advocate for working people, enforcing rules that protect workers and crafting new regulations to make sure everyone gets a fair shake on the job.
November 29, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | Press ReleasesToday, working people across the country, from fast food workers to adjunct professors, are striking and demonstrating in favor of a $15 minimum wage—the largest demonstration in the history of the Fight for $15 movement, which has invigorated the debate over raising the minimum wage and helped make a $15 minimum wage and a union the standard for people who care about an economy that works for everyone.
November 9, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogPresident-elect Donald Trump succeeded, in part, through an appeal to working class voters who have seen their incomes stagnate or fall for decades, the jobs they depended on moved off-shore, and their hopes for a secure retirement dwindle.
November 9, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | Press ReleasesPresident-elect Donald Trump succeeded, in part, through an appeal to working class voters who have seen their incomes stagnate or fall for decades, the jobs they depended on moved off-shore, and their hopes for a secure retirement dwindle.
September 2, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | VideoLawrence Mishel talked about the Economic Policy Institute’s report that found weekly teacher pay was 17 percent lower than that of comparable workers.
September 1, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | Economic SnapshotBetween 1979 and 2013, the share of private sector workers in a union has fallen from about 34 percent to 10 percent among men, and from 16 percent to 6 percent among women.
August 12, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | Video
August 12, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogThis post originally appeared in Democracy. This election will be different, not only because of the stark departure of Donald Trump’s candidacy from any usual political convention, but also because the current economic debate is unlike any in recent memory.
August 8, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | Press ReleasesDonald Trump fashions himself a populist, but his economic plan just recycles the failed policies of deregulation and massive tax cuts for the rich and corporations.
July 12, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogWages rising faster than the rate of inflation should be the norm in the American economy and should occur all the time, without fanfare and self-congratulation from employers. That wage increases are newsworthy even while unemployment is below five percent is quite telling. Even at such a low unemployment rate, all the power in the employment relationship still rests with employers.
June 29, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogTrump’s latest take on trade is a scam. He claims to be offering a path for workers, but is actually just offering mostly empty boxes on trade. What exactly is he trying to accomplish with renegotiated trade deals? And if his so keen to help working people, why does he then steer the discussion back toward the traditional corporate agenda of tax cuts for corporations and the rich? Some pro-worker, anti-elite populist Trump is.
June 17, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogFrom time to time researchers have raised technical measurement issues with our research showing that the compensation of a typical worker has diverged from overall productivity. The Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk—a repeat player—has a new entry.
June 13, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | VideoOn Thursday, June 9, EPI President Lawrence Mishel, on behalf of the EPI Policy Center, addressed the Democratic National Convention Platform Drafting Committee about the need for a policy agenda that proactively addresses decades of wage stagnation.
June 13, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | VideoLawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute Policy Center, delivered testimony before the Democratic National Convention Platform Drafting Hearing on June 9, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
June 9, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | TestimonyI am Lawrence Mishel, and I am representing the Economic Policy Institute Policy Center. Thank you for inviting me to testify today.