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Nearly half of all nonunion workers say they want a union in their workplace. But current law places too many obstacles in the way of workers trying to organize and gives employers too much power to interfere with workers’ free choice. The PRO Act aims to fix this.
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“There is an old-fashioned way of thinking, which is the only thing that counts as an investment in the future is tangible, a structure that you can pick up or kick,” said EPI President Thea Lee in a New York Times article. President Biden’s economic agenda “[expands] our concept of infrastructure to include human capital,” focusing on building our workforce and ensuring people receive adequate care.

EPI Research Director Josh Bivens argues that the “right” amount to spend on this agenda should be based on the cost of the needs we want to address. Read the post

A strong domestic steel industry is critical to U.S. national defense, to the health of America’s critical infrastructure, and to the competitiveness of many domestic manufacturing industries. But for decades, chronic global steel supply gluts have undermined the U.S. steel industry. Read more

In the second half of 2020, the economy began its slow recovery from the worst of the pandemic-induced recession. However, the labor market showed rising racial inequality between the third and fourth quarters of 2020, underlining just how disparate experiences of the recovery have been. Read more

EPI in the news

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  • Business Insider | April 14, 2021
  • The Atlantic | April 14, 2021

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