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A loss of $10/hour in the typical worker’s compensation is the result of employers’ successful efforts to keep wage growth down over the past 40 years, according to a new EPI report. Read the report

Black workers disproportionately experienced the darkest side of 2020, both in health and labor market outcomes—a reality that was not unexpected. Taking statistics with a dose of history and context will bolster economic and racial justice for Black workers, says EPI economist Kyle Moore. Read the blog post

“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

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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EPI in the news

  • Boston Globe | May 16, 2021
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  • New York Times | May 14, 2021
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