Unions and Labor Standards

Strong unions and employee organizing rights foster a vibrant middle class because the protections, rights, and wages that unions secure affect union and nonunion workers alike. Unfortunately, eroded labor standards, weakening unions, changing norms, guestworker policies that undercut wages, and monetary policies that prioritize controlling inflation over lowering unemployment have helped depress wages and erode living standards for all workers. EPI monitors factors that affect American work lives, including unpaid overtime, wage theft, the minimum wage, immigration laws, and collective bargaining rights.

Workers Are Losing the Right to Sick Leave

Workers Are Losing the Right to Sick Leave

The nation’s most powerful corporate lobbies have been pushing bans on paid sick leave legislation in one state after another, and as a result, ten states have adopted such laws.

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