Build Back Better
Labor History

The investments and social insurance expansions provided for by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Congress’s $3.5 trillion (over 10 years) budget reconciliation bill will boost productivity and provide key relief to family budgets in coming years. Read the report

Many more people would have been in poverty in 2020 than in 2019, due to the COVID crisis, if the federal government had not intervened. But because policymakers did intervene, fewer people suffered from poverty in 2020 than in 2019. Read the blog post

Every day, corporations openly bust unions and retaliate against workers without consequence. Richard Trumka, the labor giant we lost this month, spent his career fighting for workers’ right to organize and collectively bargain—and he considered the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act to be “the next frontier” for U.S. workers. Read the blog post

The 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain was the climax of two decades of low-intensity warfare across the coalfields of Appalachia, as West Virginia miners sought to unionize and mining companies used violent tactics to undermine their efforts. Read the blog post

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