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OSHA’s silica rule upheld by D.C. Court of Appeals

Description: On December 22, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Obama-era rule protecting workers from exposure to silica dust. In its decision, the court wrote that, “Exposure to silica is one of the oldest known occupational hazards. And the health effects of exposure to silica—most commonly silicosis, a progressive and irreversible lung disease caused by the inflammatory effects of silica—are not a thing of the past. Currently, silicosis is the most prevalent chronic occupational disease in the world.”

Industry groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, challenged many aspects of the rule, including the medical evidence OSHA relied on in promulgating the rule to the feasibility of OSHA’s requirements for preventing workers from silica exposure.  The court rejected all of those challenges and upheld the rule’s protections for workers.

Earlier in 2017, while this case was pending, OSHA announced after significant delays that it would begin enforcing most provisions of the silica rule’s standard for construction on September 23, 2017, and will begin enforcing most provisions of the standard for general industry and maritime on June 23, 2018. Now that the DC Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the rule, there should be no future barriers to OSHA’s ability to enforce this important worker protection regulation.

Fair Economy Impact:  OSHA issued this rule to reduce workers’ exposure to cancer-causing respirable crystalline silica.  Studies have linked exposure to silica to lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease. About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls silica dust with a simple water spray to wet the dust down, or a vacuum system to contain the dust. OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. It is past time for the Trump administration to start taking workers’ sides by enforcing this rule to protect working people’s lives and livelihoods.

 

 

 

NLRB overturns joint-employer standard

Description: On December 14, 2017, the the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made it more difficult for millions of workers to join together and form a union, by overturning its joint-employer standard established in 2015’s Browning-Ferris Industries case. When two or more businesses co-determine or share control over a worker’s pay, schedule, or job duties, then both of those businesses may be considered joint-employers. The Trump NLRB yesterday weakened the joint-employer standard, making it harder for workers to organize, form unions, and negotiate for higher wages and better working conditions.

Fair Economy Impact: It is hard in today’s economy to bargain for higher wages or better working conditions, especially if your direct employer doesn’t really make those decisions. Under President Obama, the NLRB tried to make it easier for employees by holding each employer responsible when they co-determine what a worker’s wages, hours, and working conditions will be. In yesterday’s decision, the Trump NLRB decided to make it harder than ever for workers caught in alternative employment relationships such as sub-contracting and staffing agencies to bring both businesses who control their daily working conditions to the bargaining table. Moreover, the NLRB’s decision to weaken the joint-employer standard is bad law resulting from a bad process. Ordinarily, before overturning major precedent, the Board invites the public to comment by filing amicus briefs. However, this time, they did not, and instead announced this reversal with no warning or notice and allowed the public had no opportunity to weigh in.

The majority of American workers would vote for union representation if they could. However, the intensity with which employers have opposed organizing efforts, and the continuing tilt of the legal and policy playing field against workers seeking to bargain collectively, has led to a decline in union membership. Yesterday’s decision makes it clear the Trump board will work to further rig the system against working people.

NLRB moves to reexamine union election rule

Description: On December 12, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took the first step towards rolling back a 2014 rule that simplified the union election process by which working people can join together to bargain for better wages and working conditions. The NLRB announced the issuance of a Request for Information (RFI), asking for public input on the 2014 election rule. The election rule, which has been upheld by a federal court of appeals, includes a series of reforms which eliminate unnecessary delay in the election process and modernize agency procedures. The NLRB currently has a full five-member Board, with 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats.

Fair Economy Impact:  The NLRB protects the rights of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions. Employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act are guaranteed the right to form, join, decertify, or assist a labor organization, and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, or to refrain from such activities. The NLRB’s decision to reexamine the rule demonstrates that the Trump board majority has little interest in maintaining an efficient election process for this nation’s workers. Ironically, the NLRB will accept electronic responses to the RFI for the election rule that, if rolled back, will affect the ability of workers to file electronic election petitions.

The majority of American workers would vote for union representation if they could. However, the intensity with which employers have opposed organizing efforts and the continuing tilt of the legal and policy playing field against workers seeking to bargain collectively, has led to a decline in union membership. Today’s announcement makes it clear the Trump board will work to further rig the system against working people.

 

DOL proposal to change tip pooling rules, allowing employers to take tips

Description: On December 5, 2017, the Trump administration took its first major step towards allowing employers to legally take tips earned by their employees. The current restrictions on “tip pooling,” instituted by DOL in 2011, allow restaurants to pool the tips servers receive but stipulate that the employer may only share pooled tips with other workers who customarily receive tips, such as bussers and bartenders. Employers are prohibited from retaining any of the pooled tips themselves. But the Trump Department of Labor proposed rescinding those restrictions.

At first glance, the proposed rule seems benevolent: restaurants would be able to pool the tips servers receive and share them with untipped employees such as cooks and dishwashers. But, crucially, the new rule would mean that employers are not required to distribute pooled tips to other workers: as long as tipped workers earn the minimum wagethe employer can legally pocket their tips. And basic economic logic dictates that it is highly unlikely that back-of-the-house workers will get more pay. There is currently no limit to what these workers can be paid, so employers are already paying their non-tipped workers what they need to pay to attract workers willing to work in those jobs. Thus, if employers do share some tips with them, it will likely be offset by a reduction in their base pay, leaving their take-home pay unaffected.

Fair Economy Impact:  EPI estimates that under Trump’s proposed rule employers will likely pocket $5.8 billion per year of the hard-earned tips of their tipped workers each year — around $1,000 a year per tipped worker.  And because women are both more likely to be tipped workers and to earn lower wages, this rule would disproportionately harm them.  We estimate that of the $5.8 billion, nearly 80 percent—$4.6 billion—would be taken from women who are working in tipped jobs.

The broad economic effects of this rule are as follows: (1) tipped workers will lose $5.8 billion a year in tips, (2) the take-home pay of back-of-the-house workers will remain largely unchanged, and (3) employers will get a $5.8 billion a year windfall.

Department of Labor announces another delay of the fiduciary rule

Description: The Trump administration’s Department of Labor is actively working to weaken or rescind the “fiduciary” rule (the rule). The latest step in these efforts is an 18 month delay of key provisions of the rule.  This delay is on top of earlier delays already put in place this year.

Fair Economy Impact: The rule simply requires financial advisers to provide what most clients probably already think they are receiving: advice about their retirement plans untainted by conflicts of interest. It would prohibit common practices such as steering clients into investments that provide lower rates of return for the client but higher commissions for the adviser. The financial industry strongly opposes this rule because it wants to preserve a system that allows financial advisers to give their clients advice that is in the adviser’s interest rather than the client’s. Conflicted advice leads to lower investment returns, causing real losses—an estimated $17 billion a year—for the clients who are victimized.  We estimate that retirement savers who will get or have gotten bad advice during the various delays imposed by the Trump administration will lose a total of $18.5 billion  over the next 30 years. Further, the rule is being delayed with the clear intent of never fully implementing it. Instead, the Trump administration is buying time until they can permanently dismantle key elements of the rule. People who have worked hard to save for retirement need and deserve the fiduciary rule to be fully implemented and enforced.

Actions:

  • Hearing: Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions May 18, 2017
  • Entire rule delayed from April 10, 2017 to June 9, 2017. Key enforcement provisions further delayed until January 1st, 2017, and then even further delayed until July 1st, 2019.

OSHA Delays Electronic Injury Record Reporting Rule

Description: On November 22, 2017, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced another delay in its Obama-era rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, which, when fully implemented, will require covered employers to electronically report injury and illness data that will be made publicly available. The announcement sets December 15, 2017, as the date for compliance — nearly one year later than the original date of January 1, 2017. More importantly, in the same announcement, OSHA declared that intends to “reconsider, revise, or remove portions of that rule in 2018.”

Fair Economy Impact:  Pursuant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. Congress created OSHA as the federal government agency to ensure safe working conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

OSHA’s electronic record keeping rule does not create any new reporting requirements for employers — it simply requires employers that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records to electronically submit their records to OSHA. Improving data collection and dissemination of injury and illness incidents in America’s workplaces will allow OSHA, employers, employees, employee representatives, other government agencies, and researchers to identify patterns and remove workplace hazards, and prevent worker injuries and illnesses.

In 2015 alone, nearly 5,000 workers died on the job. If in 2018, OSHA rescinds or weakens this rule, it will mean that patterns of unsafe working conditions may be harder to detect, making workplaces even more dangerous for working people.

Senate confirms David Zatezalo to the Mine Safety and Health Administration

Description: On November 15, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed, on a party-line vote, President Trump’s nominee David Zatezalo as the Department of Labor’s Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety. In this position, Zatezalo, who was previously a coal industry executive, will now head up the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Fair Economy Impact:  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is charged with preventing deaths, illnesses, and injuries from mining operations and with promoting safe and healthy workplaces for U.S. miners. Zatezalo is the former chief executive of Rhino Resources, a coal mining company that has been repeatedly cited for safety violations by MSHA. Worker fatalities in mines are on the rise in 2017, so it is more important than ever for MSHA to enforce safety rules to ensure miners lives are not lost on the job. But Trump’s appointment of Zatezalo is another example of Trump putting a fox in charge of the hen house – it remains to be seen whether Zatezalo will side with companies that want to cut corners with their workers’ safety and well-being, or with the very mine workers whose lives depend on him.

Senate confirms Peter Robb as General Counsel to the National Labor Relations Board

Description: On November 8, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed, on a party-line vote, President Trump’s nominee Peter B. Robb to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board for a term of four years. The NLRB currently has a full five-member Board, with 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats.

Fair Economy Impact:  The NLRB protects the rights of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions. Employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act are guaranteed the right to form, join, decertify, or assist a labor organization, and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, or to refrain from such activities. The General Counsel is independent from the Board and is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases and for the general supervision of the NLRB field offices in the processing of cases. The General Counsel has the authority to issue charges against employers and unions for labor law violations, and selects the cases that the board will ultimately rule on. Robb has spent much of his career as a management-side labor and employment lawyer.

U.S. House votes on joint employer standard and H.R. 3441, “Save Local Business Act”

Description: On November 7, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 242 – 181 to pass H.R. 3411, the so-called “Save Local Business Act,” which would roll back the joint employer standard under both the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Fair Economy Impact: The Save Local Business Act would do nothing to protect small businesses. Instead, the bill would ensure that small businesses are left with sole responsibility for business practices often mandated by large corporations like franchisors. It would establish a joint employer standard that lets big corporations avoid liability for labor and employment violations and leaves small businesses on the hook.

At its most basic, the joint employer standard simply requires that when multiple employers co-determine or share control over a workers’ terms of employment (such as pay, schedules, and job duties), each of those employers is responsible for compliance with worker protection laws. Given the realities of the modern workplace, in which employees often find themselves subject to more than one employer, workers deserve a joint employment standard—under both the FLSA and the NLRA—that guarantees these basic rights and protections.

A weak joint employer standard robs workers of their rights, making it impossible for them to effectively collectively bargain or litigate workplace disputes—and it leaves small businesses holding the bag when the large corporations that control their business practices and set their employees’ schedules violate labor law and refuse to come to the bargaining table. If Congress actually supported small businesses and the workers they employ, they would support a strong joint employer standard.

Actions:

  • September 13, 2017, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on H.R. 3441
  • November 7, 2017, the House voted 242 – 181 to pass H.R. 3411.

DOL to appeal Texas court’s overtime rule decision

Description: On August 31, 2017, Judge Amos Mazzant, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, held that the Obama-era Overtime Rule’s salary level exceeded the Department of Labor’s authority, and concluded that the Overtime Rule is invalid. On October 30, 2017, the Department of Justice, on behalf of the Department of Labor, filed a notice to appeal Judge Mazzant’s decision to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Fair Economy Impact: One reason Americans’ paychecks have not been keeping pace with their productivity is the erosion of labor standards. Case in point: the overtime threshold had been allowed to erode so dramatically that front-line managers who earn $23,660 a year – which is below the poverty level for a family of four – could be asked to work overtime hours without any additional pay. In 2016, the Department of Labor updated the overtime rule that requires employers to pay workers time-and-a-half if they work more than 40 hours per week. The updated overtime rule, which went into effect on December 1, 2016, raises the threshold below which salaried workers are automatically eligible for overtime pay to $47,476, up from $23,660. The 2016 overtime rule will directly benefit 12.5 million working people.

While it is a step in the right direction for the DOL to appeal, the DOL should not be taking action to undo the rule or lower the salary threshold.  But when the DOL announced its appeal, it also signaled that it would be weakening the rule by adjusting the salary threshold. If the DOL lowers the salary threshold below the 2016 salary level, then the Trump administration will be again siding with corporate interests over workers.

 

 

 

Senate confirms William Emanuel to the National Labor Relations Board

Description: On September 25, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed, on a party-line vote, President Trump’s nominee William J. Emanuel to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a 5-year term. The NLRB now has a full five-member Board, with 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats.

Fair Economy Impact:  The NLRB protects the rights of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions. Employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act are guaranteed the right to form, join, decertify, or assist a labor organization, and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, or to refrain from such activities. The NLRB is an independent agency whose members will decide cases involving when and how workers can form a union, or what types of concerted activities employees can engage in to try and improve their working lives will be protected by the law.  Mr. Emanuel was an attorney at the Littler Mendelson law firm who had regularly represented large employers.

DOL begins enforcing silica rule

Description: After delaying enforcement for months, the Department of Labor announced that it would begin enforcing in the construction industry a final rule on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica. This Obama administration rule lowered workers’ permissible exposure limit to deadly crystalline silica dust. The rule is comprised of two permissible exposure standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. The rule became effective June 23, 2016, and enforcement was to originally scheduled to begin on June 23, 2017, but was delayed by the Trump administration. OSHA announced that it will begin enforcing most provisions of the standard for construction on September 23, 2017, and will begin enforcing most provisions of the standard for general industry and maritime on June 23, 2018.

Fair Economy Impact:  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued this rule to reduce workers’ exposure to cancer-causing respirable crystalline silica.  Studies have linked exposure to silica to lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease. About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls silica dust with a simple water spray to wet the dust down, or a vacuum system to contain the dust. OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. It is past time for the Trump administration to start taking workers’ sides by enforcing this rule to protect working people’s lives and livelihoods.

 

 

 

Trump nominates Wage and Hour Division administrator and Mine Safety and Health Administration head

Description: On  September 2nd, President Trump announced his nominees to two key positions at the Department of Labor (DOL). Trump nominated Cheryl Stanton to serve as his Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administrator, a position responsible for enforcing our nation’s basic wage protections. Since 2013, Stanton has headed the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, an agency that does not handle wage enforcement. Much of her career has in fact been dedicated to representing employers, not workers, in wage and hour cases. Trump also nominated former coal mining executive David Zatezalo to head the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Zatezalo formerly served as chief executive of Rhino Resources, a coal company that had numerous clashes with MSHA officials during the Obama administration. Following the Upper Big Branch mine disaster on April 5, 2010, MSHA stepped up its enforcement efforts, and identified a number of health and safety violations at Zatezalo’s company.

Fair Economy Impact: WHD and MSHA are key enforcement agencies within the DOL. WHD is tasked with enforcing Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as several other important wage requirements. In an economy where billions of dollars are stolen from workers each year in the form of wage theft, enforcement of these requirements needs to be strengthened, not diminished. Similarly, MSHA carries out the provisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, and mine worker deaths have decreased dramatically since then. However, to date in 2017, twelve miners have died on the job, and 25 died in 2016. By nominating two individuals who have a history of working against the very agencies they will lead, President Trump has shown that he does not intend to strenuously enforce important protections for working people.

Trump judicial nominee would discriminate against LGBT workers

Description: On September 07, 2017, Trump nominated Jeffrey Mateer to serve as a federal district judge in the Eastern District of Texas.

Fair Economy Impact: Jeffrey Mateer has admitted to discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation in two separate speeches from 2015, and has criticized employer-mandated diversity training programs. He also argued that the reasoning in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which ruled that closely held for-profit corporations could deny contraceptive coverage to employees based on a religion objection, should be extended to allow employers to legally discriminate against customers and employees based on sexual orientation. Audio and excerpts from these two speeches are available here. With Mateer’s nomination, Trump’s administration is sending a clear signal that it does not value LGBT workers’ rights.

 

 

 

Trump administration stays EE0-1 Pay Data Rule

Description: The Trump administration announced a “review and immediate stay” of the EEO-1 pay data collection rule, which was an Obama-era rule issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The rule would have required large companies (with 100 or more employees) to confidentially report to the EEOC information about what they pay their employees by job category, sex, race, and ethnicity.

Fair Economy ImpactBy staying the equal pay data rule, the Trump administration is making it harder for employers and federal agencies to identify pay disparities and root out employment discrimination. Further, this decision runs counter to what the research shows—inequities have gotten worse, not better. Even among workers with the same level of education and work experience, black-white wage gaps are larger today than nearly 40 years ago and gender pay disparities have remained essentially unchanged for at least 15 years. In both cases, discrimination has been shown to be a major factor in the persistence of those gaps.

When this rule was first announced, former EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang stated, “Collecting pay data is a significant step forward in addressing discriminatory pay practices. This information will assist employers in evaluating their pay practices to prevent pay discrimination and strengthen enforcement of our federal anti-discrimination laws.” By staying this rule, the Trump administration has shown that it does not value equal pay for equal work.

 

Senate confirms Marvin Kaplan to the National Labor Relations Board

Description: On August 2, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed, on a party line vote, President Trump’s nominee Marvin Kaplan to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a 5-year term. The NLRB now has four members, and is awaiting a confirmation vote for a fifth member, another Trump nominee, William Emanuel.

Fair Economy Impact:  The NLRB protects the rights of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions. Employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act are guaranteed the right to form, join, decertify, or assist a labor organization, and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, or to refrain from such activities. The NLRB is an independent agency whose members will decide cases involving when and how workers can form a union, or what types of concerted activities employees can engage in to try and improve their working lives will be protected by the law.

Senate considers Trump nominees to DOL and the NLRB

Description: On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a joint confirmation hearing, choosing to consolidate their consideration of Trump’s nominees to the NLRB, William Emanuel and Marvin Kaplan, and his pick for Deputy Secretary of Labor, Patrick Pizzella, into a single hearing.

Fair Economy Impact:  The NLRB is an independent agency whose members do not report directly to the president. Instead, board members serve as neutral arbiters of our nation’s labor law. DOL, meanwhile, is a cabinet-level agency whose leaders report directly to the president. In spite of the fundamental different in the agencies’ structure and role, Senate Republicans decided to examine Trump’s nominees in a single hearing, seated on a single panel. The move shortchanged workers who depend on these agencies and the officials who lead them to enforce their rights and protect their freedoms.

House Education and Workforce Committee hearing on joint employer standard

Description: On July 12, 2017, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on Redefining Joint Employer Standards: Barriers to Job Creation and Entrepreneurship.

Fair Economy Impact: The hearing provided Republican members an opportunity to attack the concept of joint employer liability under the nation’s basic labor and employment laws. At its most basic, the joint employer standard simply requires that when multiple employers co-determine or share control over a workers’ terms of employment (such as pay, schedules, and job duties), each of those employers is responsible for compliance with worker protection laws. The hearing focused nearly exclusively on employers and the complexities they might encounter when opening (or considering opening) franchises or considering new business models. However, the joint employer standard is really about ensuring that workers are able to exercise their rights—like the right to a minimum wage or the freedom to choose to join a union. Given the realities of the modern workplace, in which employees often find themselves subject to more than one employer, workers deserve a joint employment standard—under both the FLSA and the NLRA—that guarantees these basic rights and protections.

Department of Labor proposes changes to beryllium rule

Description: The Department of Labor proposed to rescind critical aspects of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule on exposure to beryllium in the workplace. On January 9, 2017, OSHA published its final rule on Occupational Exposure to Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds, which was promulgated to protect employees exposed to beryllium from significant risks of chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer. In the final rule, OSHA issued three separate standards for general industry, for shipyards, and for construction. Under the Trump administration, OSHA is now proposing rescinding aspects of the rule that were intended to protect workers in the construction and shipyards sectors. The DOL announced that OSHA will not enforce the January 9, 2017 shipyard and construction standards without further notice while this new rulemaking is underway

The proposed rollback of this rule follows the DOL’s announced a delay in the effective date of the Occupational Exposure to Beryllium rule from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017.

Fair Economy Impact:  About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium in their workplaces, including approximately 11,500 construction and shipyard workers. The Trump administration’s proposal would rescind important protections in the new rule, which was issued after decades of effort and study, and overwhelming evidence that OSHA’s 35 year old beryllium standard did not protect workers from severe lung disease and lung cancer. Under Trump’s proposal, employers would no longer have to measure beryllium levels or provide medical testing to workers at risk of fatal lung disease. This proposal is another example of Trump’s decision to abandon workers’ rights to come home safe and healthy at the end of the day, and in favor of corporate profits.

Actions:

  • Proposal announced on June 27, 2017

Occupational Safety and Health Administration has halted an Obama-era rule requiring employers to submit workplace injury and illness data for posting online

Description: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) further delayed a rule that requires employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded. OSHA’s electronic submission rule, which was supposed to take effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit the injury and illness data that they are already required to record. Some of the data will also be posted to the OSHA website, as “OSHA believes that public disclosure will encourage employers to improve workplace safety and provide valuable information to workers, job seekers, customers, researchers and the general public.” The rule also prohibits employers from retaliating against workers for reporting injuries or illnesses.

OSHA first delayed the rule until July 1, and now proposes to further delay the rule until Dec. 1, 2017.

Fair Economy Impact:  The Trump Administration’s action in delaying this OSHA rule is a further example of its hostility toward transparency and lack of concern for worker safety.  OSHA’s delay follows a petition filed earlier this year by the Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Chicken Council and several others industry associations, requesting that the Department of Labor delay the rule and re-open rulemaking. According to former OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels, “This action demonstrates that the Trump Administration continues to put corporate interests over worker safety, and shows they have no commitment to following the rule of law.” This delay follows the DOL’s delay of the Silica Rule and re-opening of the Beryllium Rule. Despite his campaign promises to help workers, Trump is not building a pro-worker administration, and workers will pay the price for rolling back these basic safety protections.

Actions:

  • Further delay announced on June 27, 2017
  • Rule delayed until December 1, 2017

Department of Labor announcement: Rescission of Persuader Rule

Description: When workers seek to organize and bargain collectively, employers often hire union avoidance consultants – also known as “persuaders” – to orchestrate and roll out anti-union campaigns. Union avoidance consultants may engage with workers directly to deliver their anti-union presentations, such as in face-to-face meetings. Or they may attempt to influence workers indirectly by operating behind the scenes, by creating anti-union flyers, speeches, and videos for management to use to communicate with employees.

In 1959, Congress enacted the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), which requires employers and union avoidance consultants to publicly disclose to the Department of Labor (DOL) how much money employers paid for anti-union services. But for nearly 50 years, employers have been exploiting a loophole in the law that allows them to avoid reporting indirect anti-union work that union avoidance consultants do behind the scenes. On March 24, 2016, the DOL attempted to close that loophole with its persuader rule, which would have required employers and hired consultants to report their indirect anti-union activities. The rule has not yet been implemented because employer groups tied it up in litigation in federal court in November 2016.

The DOL has now published a notice of proposed rulemaking to repeal the Obama-era rule.

Fair Economy Impact:  The persuader rule closed a massive reporting loophole that has allowed employers to keep indirect persuader activity secret. Disclosure of the large amounts of money employers pay to anti-union consultants – sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars – would allow workers to know whether the messages they hear are coming directly from their employer, or from a paid, third-party consultant. Seeing how much money employers are paying out to these consultants would provide important perspective on employers’ frequent argument that the company cannot afford to pay union wages, and would give workers the information they need to make informed choices as they pursue their right to organize. The persuader rule would have helped level the playing field for workers who want to join together to negotiate with their employer for better working conditions.

Actions:

  • DOL published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to rescind the persuader rule on June 12, 2017

Department of Labor announcement of a delay of the fiduciary rule

Description: The U.S. Department of Labor has implemented a 60-day extension of the applicability dates of the fiduciary rule from April 10 to June 9, 2017. The announcement follows a presidential memorandum issued on February 3, 2017, which directed the department to examine the fiduciary rule to determine whether it may adversely affect the ability of Americans to gain access to retirement information and financial advice.

Fair Economy Impact: The rule simply requires financial advisers to provide what most clients probably already think they are receiving: advice about their retirement plans untainted by conflicts of interest. It would prohibit common practices such as steering investments to companies that pay the adviser a commission. The financial industry strongly opposes this rule because it wants to preserve a system that allows financial advisers to give their clients advice that is in the adviser’s interest rather than the client’s. Conflicted advice leads to lower investment returns, causing real losses—an estimated $17 billion a year—for the clients who are victimized. The delay of the rule, ostensibly to further investigate its impacts, is a thinly veiled attempt to kill it. As part of the rulemaking process that the Department of Labor undertook to finalize the fiduciary rule, the department prepared a 382-page cost-benefit analysis examining in detail the expected economic impact of the rule. This was the culmination of a roughly six-year process that incorporated the feedback from four days of hearings, more than 100 stakeholder meetings, and thousands of public comments. Delaying the rule to revisit questions that have already been so thoroughly investigated is irresponsible and unjustifiable. Delaying the rule will cost retirement savers $3.7 billion over the next 30 years.

Actions:

  • Hearing: Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions May 18, 2017
  • Rule implementation delayed until June 9, 2017.
  • Delay issued April 7, 2017.

Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017: H.R.1004 / S. 951

Description: The act requires agencies to produce a publicly available list of each pending regulation, and similar list of public communications the agency makes about each regulation, and to make reports to Congress.  Under the act, any public communication issued by an executive agency that refers to a pending agency regulatory action may not directly advocate (for or against) the pending action, appeal to the public to, or solicit a third party to undertake advocacy in support of or against the pending agency regulatory action. The act also prohibits public communication by an executive agency regarding a pending regulatory action to be directly or indirectly for publicity or propaganda.

Fair Economy ImpactThis legislation imposes restrictions on agency communications.  Fear of violating the act will likely lead agencies to limit communications on regulatory proposals, depriving the public of information on proposed rules and preventing agencies from the benefit of public engagement.

Actions:

  • S. 951 reported out from Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs May 17, 2017
  • Received in the Senate March 2, 2017
  • H.R. 1004 Passed by the House (246-176) March 2, 2017

Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act: H.R. 26 / S. 21

Description: In order for a major rule to take effect, the agency proposing the major rule must submit its report on the rule to Congress, and Congress must enact a joint resolution of approval within 70 session days or legislative days. A major rule may take effect for 90 days without such approval if the president determines it is necessary because of an imminent threat to health or safety or other emergency, for the enforcement of criminal laws, for national security, or to implement an international trade agreement.

Fair Economy Impact: This legislation shifts regulatory power from agency officials with subject-matter expertise to members of Congress, enabling regulated entities to lobby against proposals that would benefit the public but impose burdens on the entities. Requiring congressional approval of a major rule is counter to rulemaking processes established by the Administrative Procedures Act and will lead to a politicized process.

Actions:

  • S. 21 reported out by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affair May 17, 2017
  • Received in the Senate January 6, 2017
  • H.R. 26 passed by the House (237-187) January 5, 2017

Congressional Review Act Resolution to block rule Providing for State Savings Initiatives for Private Employees: H.J. Res 66

Description:  The resolution would block the Obama-era rule that assists states that create Individual Retirement Account (IRA) programs for private-sector workers.  Some states are moving forward with initiatives that would require employers that do not offer a workplace retirement plan to automatically enroll workers in payroll deduction IRAs administered by the state. The Obama-era rule clarifies that such plans, if funded entirely through voluntary employee contributions, are not covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the federal law governing private-sector employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Fair Economy Impact: An estimated 55 million private-sector wage and salary workers ages 18-64 do not have access to a retirement savings plan through their employers.  State and local payroll deduction savings initiatives encourage employees to contribute to tax-favored IRAs through automatic payroll deduction.  These savings initiatives provide important assistance to workers in saving for retirement because few workers contribute to a retirement plan outside of work. By clarifying the legal status of these plans, the Obama-era rule allayed concerns that employers, states, municipalities or the plans themselves could take on unwanted liabilities or duties under ERISA. The Government Accountability Office warned that such legal uncertainties could delay or deter states’ efforts to expand coverage.

Actions:

  • President Trump signed into law on May 17, 2017
  • Senate Passed (50-49) on May 3, 2017
  • On March 13, 2017, The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating that the president would sign the resolution.
  • House Passed (231-193) on February 15, 2017

Confirmation of Robert Lighthizer for United States Trade Representative

Robert Lighthizer confirmed by the Senate (82-14) as United States Trade Representative.

Actions:

  • Confirmed May 11, 2017

 

 

“Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017”: H.R. 1180 / S. 801

Description:  The legislation would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to allow private-sector employers to “compensate” hourly workers with compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay.

Fair Economy Impact: The legislation does not create employee rights, rather it creates a new employer right – the right to delay paying any wages for overtime work for as long as 13 months. The legislation forces workers to compromise their paychecks for the possibility – but not the guarantee – that they will get time off from work when they need it. At no risk to the employee, the FLSA already allows an employer to grant time off to employees who work overtime. H.R. 1180 adds nothing but delay and risk to the employees’ right to receive extra compensation when they work more than 40 hours in a week.

Actions: 

  • Passed the House (229-197) on party line vote, May 2, 2017
  • On May 2, 2017, The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating the President would sign the legislation
  • Hearing April 5, 2017, in House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
  • Introduced in Senate April 3, 2017
  • Introduced in House February 16, 2017

Confirmation of Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor

Alexander Acosta confirmed by the Senate (60-38) as Secretary of Labor.

Actions:

  • Confirmed April, 27, 2017
  • Approved by Senate HELP Committee (12-11) March 30, 2017
  • Hearing on March 22, 2017

President Trump signs “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order

Description: On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order calling for a review of government procurement commitments in the World Trade Organization and other trade deals.

Fair Economy Impact: It is important to evaluate American trade policy rules to ensure that they maximize benefits for American workers; however, this executive order fails to outline any remedy for discovered imbalances with foreign countries in government procurement opportunities. The executive order also instructs agencies to look into new rules that could be proposed or existing rules that could be updated to improve the immigration system and root out fraud and abuse. One section of the executive order focuses on the H-1B program, directing agencies to “suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.” This is the first clear signal that Trump may propose a regulation to end the process of issuing H-1B visas via random lottery. The nation’s immigration system is in need of reform. However, this executive order offers no concrete reforms.

 

Congressional Review Act Resolution to block rule Providing for Local Savings Initiatives for Private Employees: H.J. Res. 67

Description:  The resolution would block the Obama-era rule that assists municipalities that create Individual Retirement Account (IRA) programs for private-sector workers.  Some municipalities are moving forward with initiatives that would require employers that do not offer a workplace retirement plan to automatically enroll workers in payroll deduction IRAs administered by the state or municipality. The Obama-era rule clarifies that such plans, if funded entirely through voluntary employee contributions, are not covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the federal law governing private-sector employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Fair Economy Impact: An estimated 55 million private-sector wage and salary workers ages 18-64 do not have access to a retirement savings plan through their employers.  State and local payroll deduction savings initiatives encourage employees to contribute to tax-favored IRAs through automatic payroll deduction.  These savings initiatives provide important assistance to workers in saving for retirement because few workers contribute to a retirement plan outside of work. By clarifying the legal status of these plans, the Obama-era rules allayed concerns that employers, states, municipalities or the plans themselves could take on unwanted liabilities or duties under ERISA. The Government Accountability Office warned that such legal uncertainties could delay or deter local efforts to expand coverage.

Actions:

  • President signed into law April 13, 2017
  • Senate Passed 50-49 on March 30, 2017
  • On March 13, 2017, The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating that the president would sign the resolution.
  • House Passed 234-191 on February 15, 2017

Presidential Memorandum on the Hiring Freeze

Description: The memorandum imposes a freeze on hiring of federal civilian employees. No vacant positions existing at noon on January 22, 2017, may be filled and no new positions may be created. Military personnel are exempted from the hiring freeze. The Office of Management and Budget, in consultation with the Office of Personnel Management, must, within 90 days, recommend a long-term plan to reduce the federal workforce through attrition.

Fair Economy Impact: Federal employees serve the public every day by implementing the federal policies and programs that help America run. This arbitrary hiring freeze hinders the federal government’s ability to serve the American people.

Actions:

  • Hiring freeze was lifted pursuant to guidance from OMB Memo, April 12, 2017
  • Issued January 23, 2017

Department of Labor announcement of delay of the Crystalline Silica Standard for the construction industry

Description: The Department of Labor announced a 3-month delay in the enforcement of the final rule on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica in the construction industry, which established a new permissible exposure limit for construction workers. The rule is comprised of two permissible exposure standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. The rule became effective June 23, 2016, and enforcement was to begin on June 23, 2017. The Department stated that its decision to delay enforcement was based on the desire to conduct additional outreach to the regulated community and to provide additional time to train compliance officers.

Fair Economy Impact:  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued this rule to reduce workers’ exposure to cancer-causing respirable crystalline silica.  Studies have linked exposure to silica to lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease. About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls silica dust with a simple water spray to wet the dust down, or a vacuum system to contain the dust. OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The final rule already had a built-in, one-year grace period to give employers time to adjust their practices. Further delaying enforcement of this rule needlessly puts workers’ lives at risk, and is unfair to responsible employers who do not cut corners with health and safety.

Actions:

  • Announced on April 6, 2017
  • Enforcement delayed until September 23, 2017

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed to the Supreme Court

Description: The Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Fair Economy Impact: On April 7, 2017, the Senate confirmed Trump’s choice, Neil Gorsuch, to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. This confirmation will significantly affect this nation’s workers. Over the next few terms, the Supreme Court is likely to decide several cases that will dramatically impact workers’ rights, and will issue decisions that could undermine the foundational legal principles workers rely on to have a voice in their workplaces. Significant cases involving collective bargaining, forced arbitration, and employment discrimination are all either already on the docket for the next term or likely to be on the docket in the coming years. And Gorsuch has a record of ruling in favor of employers in workers’ rights cases.37

To highlight one example: Gorsuch was questioned extensively at his confirmation hearing about his dissent in the TransAm Trucking, Inc. v. Administrative Review Board case.38 The majority of a three-judge Tenth Circuit panel upheld an Administrative Review Board ruling in favor of a truck driver who refused to follow his supervisor’s orders to either drag his trailer—which had frozen brakes—or remain with the stranded trailer (in subzero temperatures with no heat) until a repair person arrived. Because he was experiencing symptoms of hypothermia, the driver unhitched the trailer from the truck and drove to a gas station. He was fired for violating company policy by abandoning his trailer while under dispatch. However, under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, a truck driver may not be fired for refusing to operate a vehicle when he reasonably fears for his or others’ safety. An administrative law judge, the Administrative Review Board, and the Tenth Circuit majority held that the driver had been unlawfully fired. Only Gorsuch dissented.

Gorsuch’s dissent in this case suggests a hostility to fundamental worker protections. In his dissent, he describes health and safety goals as “ephemeral and generic” and views a worker having to wait in subzero temperatures with no access to heat while experiencing symptoms of hypothermia as merely “unpleasant.” This language indicates that Judge Gorsuch does not understand workers’ lives or the laws that protect them. His dissent should raise serious concerns for working men and women about his treatment of protections in other labor and employment laws.

Actions:

  • President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch on January 31, 2017
  • Senate Confirmed on April 7, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor announces plans to protect American workers from H-1B program discrimination

Description: The H-1B program provides temporary, nonimmigrant U.S. work visas for college-educated workers and fashion models from abroad.  The Department of Labor announced it will use its existing authority to initiate investigations of H-1B program violators, in coordination with the departments of Homeland Security and Justice; consider changes to the Labor Condition Application for future application cycles; and continue to engage stakeholders on how the program might be improved to provide greater protections for U.S. workers, under existing authorities or through legislative changes.

Fair Economy Impact:  While it is important to attract skilled, talented workers to the United States, the reality is that the biggest beneficiaries of the H-1B program are outsourcing companies that have hijacked the system—using between one-third to one-half of the visas—to replace thousands of U.S. workers with much-lower-paid H-1B workers while also sending tech jobs abroad. In addition, these outsourcing companies rarely provide H-1B employees with a path to permanent residence and citizenship. Reforms to the H-1B visa program that would help achieve a fair economy would include making the program fairer for U.S. workers, who should have the first opportunity to apply for jobs in the United States, and fairer to H-1B workers, who deserve fair pay for their work according to U.S. wage standards and who should not have to fear retaliation and exploitation by employers.

Actions:

  • Issued April 4, 2017.

DOL announcement of enhanced oversight of H-1B guestworker program

Description:  On April 4, 2017, the Trump Department of Labor (DOL) announced a recommitment to using its existing enforcement authority on the H-1B visa program—a guestworker program for workers in professional occupations.

Fair Economy Impact: American employers have for too long used temporary guestworker visa programs to carve out an ever-larger zone in labor markets where workers are powerless to assert their rights. DOL announced it will initiate investigations of employers, engage stakeholders on the program, look into abuses of the program by H-1B-dependent employers (those with large shares of their workforces composed of H-1B workers), and also consider changes to the Labor Condition Application to improve transparency in the H-1B process.

Immigration policy should aim to provide fair pay and benefits to American workers and immigrants, not simply to provide employers with cheap labor from workers who are virtually indentured to them. DOL’s announcement did not provide specific information about its plan or about how DOL will conduct this enforcement given the massive cuts to the Labor Department included in President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget. So while it is encouraging that the Trump DOL has signaled that it will examine the H-1B program, it remains to be seen whether this announcement will lead to enhanced enforcement that would benefit U.S. workers. Furthermore, the Trump administration’s criminalizing and scapegoating of immigrants has created a political climate in which meaningful immigration reforms are much more difficult to achieve.

Congressional Review Act resolution to block the Department of Labor’s rule titled, “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness”: H.J. Res. 83 / S.J. Res. 27

Description:  The resolution blocked an Obama-era rule that involves an employer’s duty to keep accurate logs of workplace injuries and illnesses.  Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, many employers are legally required to keep records of workplace injuries and illnesses, and to maintain those records for 5 years.  The Obama-era rule clarified that an employer could be issued a citation and fined for failure to properly record a workplace injury/illness any time during that 5-year period.  The resolution nullified this rule.

Background:  Since the early 1970s, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has required many employers to keep careful records of workplace injuries and illnesses, and to maintain those records for 5 years.  If an employer’s injury/illness logs are inaccurate – for example, if a worker is injured on the job and the employer fails to log it – OSHA can issue a citation and fine.  For the past 40 years, OSHA had been issuing those citations any time within the 5-year period that the illness/injury record is required to be kept.

In 2012, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that if a worker got injured, OSHA only had six months to check an employer’s log and issue a citation if the injury was not recorded.  That meant that even though employers must maintain injury/illness records for five years, if OSHA inspectors do not catch the employer’s record omission within the first six months after the injury, the employer will get off the hook.  Since OSHA inspections generally take longer than 6 months, the court’s ruling made it a lot harder for OSHA to punish companies for bad record keeping.  One of the judges on the court, though, wrote that OSHA could issue a new rule clarifying employers’ recordkeeping duties.

In response, OSHA promulgated the rule to allow OSHA to resume what it had been doing for the last 40 years:  citing an employer for failure to log an injury/illness anytime within the entire 5-year period that the record of injury must be kept.  This rule created no new record keeping requirements for employers, it just allowed OSHA more time to do its work.

Fair Economy Impact: When Congress passed, and President Trump signed, the resolution to block this rule, they gave employers a get-out-of-jail free card when employers fail to maintain – or falsify – their injury/illness logs.  These records are not just paperwork:  If an employee is injured on the job (say cut or burned, or worse, suffers an amputation or fatality) then it is the employer’s duty to record that injury and investigate what happened.  Failure to keep injury records means that employers, OSHA, and workers cannot learn from past mistakes, and makes it harder to prevent the same tragedies from happening to others in the future.

Actions:

  • President Trump signed into law April 3, 2017
  • Senate Passed (50-48) on March 22, 2017
  • House Passed (231-191) on March 1, 2017
  • On February 28, The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating that the president would sign the resolution.

Congressional Review Act resolution to block rule establishing appropriate occupations for drug testing: H.J. Res. 42/S.J. Res. 23

Description: The resolution blocks the Obama-era rule establishing rules for drug testing applicants for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. The rule is the result of a 2012 bipartisan compromise that provided for an extension of certain UI benefits, a payroll tax cut, and Medicare provisions. As part of the deal, states were permitted to drug test UI applicants who had been discharged from their last job for drug use or whose only suitable work opportunity is in a field that regularly drug tests workers. The rule directed the secretary of labor to determine which occupations regularly drug test. The Department of Labor issued a rule defining such “occupations” as those that are required, or may be required in the future, by state or federal law, to be drug tested.

Fair Economy Impact: This rule would have clarified circumstances under which individuals filing for unemployment benefits may be subjected to drug testing. Mandatory drug testing for UI applicants is arguably unconstitutional and unnecessarily stigmatizes jobless workers. Conditioning receipt of UI benefits on this type of requirement fundamentally challenges our nation’s UI system, creating the perception that workers do not earn unemployment insurance. However, workers earn the right to unemployment insurance benefits through prior participation in the workforce. Workers only access their earned benefit when they lose their job and are working to find a new one. This rule would have benefited workers who have lost their jobs. The repeal of this rule will benefit opponents of unemployment benefits, and employers seeking reduced payroll taxes (payroll taxes help finance unemployment benefits).

Actions:

  • President Trump signed into law on March 31, 2017
  • Senate passed (51–48) on March 14, 2017
  • House passed (236–189) on February 15, 2017
  • On February 7, the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating that the president would sign the resolution.

President Trump signs Executive Orders on U.S. trade policies

Description: On March 31, 2017, President Trump signed two executive orders focused on evaluating trade policy:

  1. Presidential Executive Order Regarding the Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits and;
  2. Presidential Executive Order on Establishing Enhanced Collection and Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties and Violations of Trade and Customs Laws.

Fair Economy Impact: Any reexamination of U.S. trade policies and their effects on workers is welcome and long overdue. But the impact of these executive orders on U.S. workers remains unclear. The first order directs the secretary of commerce and the White House National Trade Council to identify practices that contribute to the U.S. trade deficit with different countries. The second order calls for stepping up collection of anti-dumping and countervailing duties, focusing on small fines for past unfair trade practices.

The first executive order does little beyond delay much-needed reform. The causes of trade imbalances are well known. Chief among these is the inflated value of the U.S. dollar. If the president were truly interested in adopting trade policies that would benefit U.S. workers and our economy, he would address currency valuation now instead of requesting additional evaluation of the issue.

The second executive order is similarly off the mark about protecting American workers. While enforcement of fair trade practices is critical to safeguarding U.S. workers and our economy, a focus on past unfair trade practices does nothing to ensure that trade policies are complied with in the future. And while recovering fines for past unfair trade practices will have some economic benefit, that benefit will be small compared with the U.S. goods trade deficit. Consider that the estimated total uncollected fines between 2001 and 2016 of $2.8 billion are the equivalent of a 0.1 percent tariff. It is unlikely that focusing on past unfair trade practices and uncollected fines will have any meaningful benefit for our nation’s workers and our economy moving forward.

Department of Labor announcement of a proposed delay of the rule for Examination of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

Description: The U.S. Department of Labor announced a delay in the effective date of the Final Rule for Examination of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines from May 23, 2017, to July 24, 2017. The final rule, if implemented, would improve miners’ safety and health by requiring mine operators to: (1) conduct working place examinations to identify hazards before work begins in an area, (2) notify affected miners of hazardous conditions that are not corrected immediately; and (3) record the locations examined, the adverse conditions found, and the date of the corrective action. The department stated that the delay will allow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to further review and consider the rule, as required by a Jan. 20, 2017, White House memorandum, “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review.”

Fair Economy Impact:  This announcement delays critical workplace examinations exposing more miners to unsafe work conditions. From January 2010 through mid-December 2015, there have been 122 miners killed in 110 accidents at metal and nonmetal mines.

Actions:

  • Announced on March 27, 2017
  • Delayed until  July 24, 2017
  • Further delayed until October 2, 2017

Congressional Review Act resolution to block Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule: H.J. Res. 37/S.J. Res. 12

Description: The resolution blocks the Obama-era rule that requires federal contractors to disclose workplace violations—specifically violations of federal labor laws and executive orders that address wage and hour, safety and health, collective bargaining, family medical leave, and civil rights protections. The rule directs that such violations be considered when awarding federal contracts. In addition, the rule mandates that contractors provide each worker with written notice of basic information including wages, hours worked, overtime hours, and whether the worker is an independent contractor. Finally, the rule prohibits contractors from requiring workers to sign pre-dispute arbitration agreements for discrimination, harassment, or sexual assault claims.

Fair Economy Impact: Currently, there is no effective system to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not awarded to contractors who violate basic labor and employment laws. As a result, the federal government awards billions of dollars in contracts to companies that break the law. This rule would have helped ensure that federal contracts (and taxpayer dollars) are not awarded to companies with track records of labor and employment law violations. Workers, taxpayers, and law-abiding contractors would have benefited from this rule. Contractors with records of cutting corners by violating labor and employment laws will benefit from the congressional resolution blocking this rule.

Actions:

  • President Trump signed into law on March 27, 2017.
  • Senate passed (49–48) on March 6, 2017.
  • House passed (236–187) on February 2, 2017.
  • On February 1, the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating that the president would sign the resolution.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017: H.R. 986 Rep. Rokita (R-IN) / S. 63 Sen. Moran (R-KS)

Description:  The legislation amends the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to provide that any enterprise or institution owned and operated by an Indian tribe and located on the tribe’s land is not considered an employer under the NLRA.

Fair Economy Impact:  The legislation would deprive thousands of workers of protections they receive under the National Labor Relations Act.  Workers employed by for-profit tribal enterprises would lose the right to collectively bargain for better wages and working conditions as well as the right to engage in protected concerted activity with their coworkers.  Many other federal employment statutes apply to for-profit tribal enterprises, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Actions:

  • Hearing: U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and the Workforce – HELP Subcommittee March 29, 2017
  • Introduced in House February 9, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate January 9, 2017

Department of Labor announcement of delay of beryllium rule

Description: The Department of Labor announced a delay in the effective date of the Occupational Exposure to Beryllium rule from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017.  The department stated that the delay will allow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to further review and consider the rule, as required by a Jan. 20, 2017, White House memorandum, “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review.”

Fair Economy Impact:  It remains to be seen what the impact will be of this delay, or if the administration attempts to further delay this health and safety rule. OSHA had issued this final rule to prevent chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer in American workers by limiting their exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. The rule contains standards for general industry, construction, and shipyards.  About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium in their workplaces, including approximately 11,500 construction and shipyard workers.  This is an important rule to protect workers.

Actions:

  • Announced on March 22, 2017
  • Delayed until May 20, 2017

 

Fair and Open Competition Act (FOCA Act): H.R. 1552 Rep. Ross (R-FL) / S. 622 Sen. Flake (R-AZ)

Description: The bill would prohibit the federal government from requiring project labor agreements on federally funded construction projects. A project labor agreement (PLA) is a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project.

Fair Economy Impact: Prohibiting the use of project labor agreements when awarding federal construction contracts would most likely lead to lower wages for the employees who work on federal construction projects. Because unions’ collective bargaining power has been eroded over the years, construction wages are lower today than they were in 1970, despite 40 years of economic growth and a higher national income. Prohibiting workers having a seat at the table to negotiate a project labor agreement would put less money in construction workers’ pockets.

Actions:

  • Introduced in House March 15, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate March 14, 2017

President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint

Description: President Trump proposed drastic cuts to worker protection agencies in his fiscal 2018 budget blueprint.

Fair Economy Impact: The Trump administration’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018 proposes a 20 percent cut ($2.5 billion) to funding for DOL—the department tasked with enforcing the majority of this nation’s worker protection laws and administering our job training and workforce development programs. The budget outline fails to specify how that cut will be allocated across DOL’s worker protection agencies, but the magnitude of the cuts makes it clear that the Trump administration does not value DOL’s enforcement programs. Programs likely to suffer are the Wage and Hour Division (which enforces minimum wage protections and protects workers from wage theft), OSHA (which enforces worker safety protections including inspecting worksites for hazardous working conditions), and the Employee Benefits and Security Administration (which safeguards workers’ retirement savings). While it is unlikely that this proposal will be reflected in actual funding levels, it reveals Trump’s priorities when it comes to our nation’s workers.

Actions:

  • President Trump released proposed budget on March 15, 2017

Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch: EO 13781

Description: The executive order instructs the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs. Within 180 days of the date of the order, the head of each agency must submit to OMB a proposed plan to reorganize the agency, if appropriate, in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the agency. Reorganization plans must focus on the costs of agency programs, and whether some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are appropriate for the federal government or would be better left to state or local governments or to the private sector.

Fair Economy Impact: The order is a direct attack on the administrative agencies that are charged with protecting everything from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the food we eat, in addition to safeguarding our homes, our workplaces, our health, and our economy. Take the Department of Labor, for example, which administers a variety of federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions, a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay, freedom from employment discrimination, unemployment insurance, and other income support. Allowing the Trump administration’s political appointees to target agencies and agency programs for elimination based on costs—not benefits—gives them free rein to put profits ahead of people.

Actions:

  • Issued March 13, 2017

National Right-to-Work Act: H.R. 785 Rep. King (R-IA) / S. 545 Sen. Paul (R-KY)

Description: The bill would allow employees who work in a unionized workplace, but decline to become union members, to refuse to pay a fair share fee to the union that represents all employees in the workplace, union members and nonmembers alike. The term “right-to-work” does not mean everyone is guaranteed a job, but instead means employees can work at a unionized workplace without paying any contribution to the union that negotiates for their benefits.  Currently, the National Labor Relations Act permits each state to choose whether it wants to allow these so-called “right to work” arrangements, and many states have passed “right-to-work” laws prohibiting fair share payments in the state. This bill seeks to prohibit fair share payments nationwide.

Fair Economy Impact: This bill would undermine unions’ bargaining strength by making it harder for workers’ organizations to sustain themselves financially. For example, since unions are required by law to represent both members and non-members, unions must spend their resources to represent non-members when they file grievances against the employer. This creates a free-rider problem for unions, who must expend resources to assist workers who do not pay their fair share in union dues. It is also unfair to union members who do pay their fair share in dues. This legislation would further weaken unions and the workers they represent while continuing to strengthen corporate profits for shareholders and CEOs. Because unions are able to negotiate higher pay, wages are 3.1 percent lower in so-called “right-to-work” states, for union and nonunion workers alike, even after accounting for differences in cost of living, demographics, and labor market characteristics.

Actions:

  • Introduced in Senate March 7, 2017
  • Introduced in House February 1, 2017

OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act: H.R.1009 Rep. Mitchell (R-MI)

Description: The act codifies and revises the centralized regulatory review process, currently required under executive order, for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget to. Under the act, OIRA must chair the Regulatory Working Group that assists agencies with regulatory issues, publish a unified agenda of each agency’s regulations that are under development or review, and review each agency’s significant regulatory actions. With these requirements, OIRA’s review is expanded to include the significant regulatory actions of independent regulatory agencies. Excluded from OIRA’s review are the Government Accountability Office, the Federal Election Commission, the governments of the District of Columbia and of the territories and possessions of the United States, and government-owned contractor-operated facilities.

Fair Economy Impact: The legislation imposes numerous, burdensome requirements on agencies engaged in rulemaking. Furthermore, it undermines independent agencies, some of which are responsible for holding Wall Street accountable (the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for example), by requiring that those agencies report to the Office of the President when issuing a regulation. This requirement politicizes agencies that are congressionally mandated to act independent of the administration.

Actions:

  • Received in the Senate March 2, 2017
  • Passed by the House (241-184) March 1, 2017

Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act (SCRUB Act): H.R. 998 Rep. Smith (R-MO)

Description: The SCRUB Act would establish a “Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission,” consisting of political appointees, to identify regulations to eliminate or modify to “lower the cost to the economy.” When targeting regulations for elimination, the commission would consider only the costs associated with the rule, as opposed to conducting a true cost-benefit analysis. For example, the bill directs the commission to consider if there is a less costly alternative to the rule—without requiring that they also consider the benefits of potential alternatives.

Fair Economy Impact: This legislation focuses on the costs associated with a regulation as opposed to balancing costs with the benefits to the public—including worker health and safety, consumer protection, and environmental protection.

Actions:

  • Received in the Senate March 2, 2017
  • Passed by the House (240-185) March 1, 2017

Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda: EO 13777

Description: The order mandates that the head of each agency (other than those agencies given waivers) designate an agency official as its Regulatory Reform Officer (RRO) to oversee the implementation of regulatory reform initiatives and policies. The RRO is charged with ensuring that agencies effectively carry out regulatory reforms. The order also requires that each agency establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force. These task forces are required to identify existing regulations for replacement or repeal, with a focus on the costs of regulations and job impacts.

Fair Economy Impact: The order requires the identification of regulations for repeal based largely on the cost of the regulation, rather than whether the regulation provides a public benefit. The economic impact of a regulation depends not just on the costs of the rule, but also the benefits to workers, safety, health, the environment, and other public goods. Focusing on lowering the costs to business places corporate interests ahead of workers’ interests in a safe workplace and the public’s interest in a healthy environment.

Actions:

  • Issued February 24, 2017

Hearing: Federal Wage and Hour Policies in the Twenty-First Century Economy

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and the Workforce – Workforce Protections Subcommittee, “Federal Wage and Hour Policies in the Twenty-First Century Economy”

Actions:

  • Hearing on February 16, 2017

Hearing: Restoring Balance and Fairness to the National Labor Relations Board

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and the Workforce – HELP Subcommittee, “Restoring Balance and Fairness Needed to the National Labor Relations Board”

Actions:

  • Hearing on February 14, 2017

 

Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act: H.R. 987 Rep. Rokita (R-IN) / S. 155 Sen. Rubio (R-FL)

Description:  The legislation amends the National Labor Relations Act to permit employers who are a party to a collective bargaining agreement to provide additional pay to individual employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement without negotiating with the union.

Fair Economy Impact:  The legislation attacks collective bargaining and unions.  Collective bargaining agreements establish the terms and conditions of employment for bargaining unit employees.  Permitting employers to reach separate agreements with individual workers outside of the collective bargaining process defeats collective bargaining.  Workers covered by collective bargaining agreements are more likely to earn higher wages, receive paid leave, and have employer-provided health care.

Actions:

  • Introduced in House February 9, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate January 17, 2017

Presidential Memorandum on Fiduciary Duty Rule

Description: The memorandum directs the secretary of labor to examine the fiduciary rule and “prepare an updated economic and legal analysis concerning the likely impact of the Fiduciary Duty Rule.” According to the memorandum, if the labor secretary determines that the rule is likely to harm investors, will result in “dislocations or disruptions within the retirement services industry,” or “cause an increase in litigation,” then the labor secretary should begin the administrative process to rescind or revise the rule.

Fair Economy Impact: The rule simply requires financial advisers to provide what most clients probably already think they are receiving: advice about their retirement plans untainted by conflicts of interest. It would prohibit common practices such as steering investments to companies that pay the adviser a commission. Opponents of the fiduciary rule want to preserve a system that allows financial advisers to give their clients advice that is in the adviser’s interest rather than the client’s. Conflicted advice leads to lower investment returns, causing real losses for the clients who are victimized.

Actions:

  • Issued February 3, 2017

Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs: EO 13771

Description:   The order mandates that for every new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination. For fiscal 2017, heads of all agencies are directed that the total incremental cost of all new regulations, including the cost savings associated with eliminating the two prior regulations, must be no greater than zero—unless otherwise required by law or consistent with written advice of the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Fair Economy Impact:  President Trump’s “2-for-1” executive order requires federal agencies to assess whether a regulation is worthwhile based solely on costs – regardless of the benefits of the regulation. The executive order mentions costs 18 times, but never once mentions benefits. This emphasis on costs threatens regulations that protect workers, consumers, and the environment. Compliance with rules is part of the overall cost of conducting business in a way that doesn’t cause harm to workers and the environment. Rules that, for example, prevent workplace injuries provide great benefits to workers who would otherwise bear the costs of injury, through emergency room visits, medical bills, and absence from work.

Actions:

  • Issued January 30, 2017

Davis-Bacon Repeal Act: H.R. 743 Rep. King (R-IA) / S. 244 Sen. Lee (R-UT)

Description: The legislation repeals the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires that workers engaged in federally funded construction projects be paid no less than the local prevailing wage as determined by the Secretary of Labor.

Fair Economy Impact:  Davis-Bacon prevailing wage protections ensure that the federal government, as a major buyer in the construction sector, does not drive down local construction-worker wages.

Actions:

  • Introduced in House January 30, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate January 30, 2017

Presidential Memorandum Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing

Description: The memorandum directs the Secretary of Commerce to solicit comments from the public (for period not to exceed 60 days) concerning federal actions to streamline permitting and reduce regulatory burdens for domestic manufacturers. The memorandum also directs the Secretary of Commerce to develop a permit-streamlining action plan and send it to the president within 60 days of outreach process.

Fair Economy Impact: While the impact on the economy remains to be seen from this memorandum, any plan presented regarding regulations on domestic manufacturing must ensure basic safeguards for workers in order to achieve a more fair economy.

Actions:

  • Issued January 24, 2017

Presidential Memorandum Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement

Description: The memorandum immediately withdraws the United States as a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and directs permanent withdrawal from TPP negotiations. The memorandum instructs the U.S. Trade Representative to pursue, wherever possible, bilateral trade negotiations.

Fair Economy Impact: It is critical to a fair economy that trade agreements include meaningful and enforceable worker protections. Further, it is critical for trade agreements to stop intentionally eroding protections for American workers’ wages and jobs while simultaneously providing explicit protections for corporate profits. Going forward, there is no reason to think, however, that a renewed focus on bilateral agreements will be better for American workers if those new agreements do not contain protections for workers.

Actions:

  • Issued January 23, 2017

Presidential Memorandum on Regulatory Freeze Pending Review

Description: The memorandum instructs agency heads to send no regulation to the Federal Register until a department or agency head appointed or designated by the president reviews and approves the regulation, and to withdraw pending regulations not yet published. The memorandum temporarily postpones, for 60 days from the date of memo, rules published that have not taken effect.

Fair Economy Impact: The memorandum is similar to memos issued by previous administrations when first entering office.

Actions:

  • Issued January 20, 2017

Trump nominated Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor

Description:  On January 20, 2017—his very first day in office, Trump officially nominated his choice for secretary of labor: Andrew Puzder, CEO of a company with a record of labor law violations.

Fair Economy Impact: Trump failed U.S. workers with his nomination of Andrew Puzder. Puzder, then-CEO of CKE Restaurants (the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s), has opposed raising the minimum wage and the overtime threshold, criticized paid sick time proposals and health and safety regulations, and headed a company with a record of violating laws and regulations that protect workers’ wages, safety, and rights. While his nomination was ultimately withdrawn, Trump’s original selection made a powerful statement—the president was prepared to support a labor nominee who is hostile to policies that would benefit our nation’s workers. Instead of nominating someone who respects and follows the law and who would be committed to enforcing our labor and employment laws, Trump sent a clear message with his first nomination: the Trump administration does not value America’s workers.

Miners Protection Act of 2017: S. 175 Sen. Manchin (D-WV)/ H.R. 179 Rep. McKinley (R-WV)

Description: This bill amends the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to transfer certain funds to the Multiemployer Health Benefit Plan and the 1974 United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Pension Plan to provide health and pension benefits to retired coal miners and their families.

Fair Economy Impact: The United Mine Workers of America health care and pension fund faces insolvency because of a string of coal-industry bankruptcies.  This looming insolvency would leave thousands of retired miners without the retirement and health care benefits they earned.  Pension and health care obligations should be honored as part of a fair economy.

Actions:

  • Introduced in Senate January 17, 2017
  • Introduced in House January 3, 2017

Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017: H.R. 5 Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA)

Description: The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 includes significant changes to the rulemaking procedures that apply to all federal agencies. These include requirements to analyze “any substantial alternatives” to a rule identified by “interested persons,” hold public hearings on “high impact rules” at the request of any individual, and choose the lowest-cost alternatives that meet statutory objectives. It also ends the precedent of judicial deference to agencies on statutory and regulatory interpretations.

Fair Economy Impact:  This legislation provides potentially regulated entities and their allies with unprecedented power to interfere with and delay the regulatory process.  The bill requires agencies to consider costs associated with rulemaking as opposed to balancing costs with public benefits.

Actions:

  • Received in the Senate January 12, 2017
  • Passed by the House (238-183) January 11, 2017

Expert analysis

September 6, 2011

Welcome to ‘Working Economics’

September 6, 2011

Business economists differ from House orthodoxy on regulation, uncertainty, and tax hikes

September 6, 2011

Schools confront poverty, why don’t education policies?

September 7, 2011

Fixing schools, creating jobs

September 7, 2011

Georgia Works doesn’t work

September 7, 2011

The U.S. doesn’t lack the right workers, it lacks work

September 7, 2011

Blue Chips falling on my head, ouch!

September 7, 2011

Job impact: Rough rule of thumb

September 8, 2011

President’s new initiatives could boost employment by more than one million, on top of impact from extensions of temporary provisions

September 8, 2011

Double-dip? It doesn’t really matter

September 8, 2011

Famous economists agreeing with us — the first in an occasional series

September 8, 2011

As Super Committee begins work, a push to include job creation

September 8, 2011

Please don’t do it on the employer side of the payroll tax

September 8, 2011

How to assess a jobs plan

September 8, 2011

Frantic about jobs? Really?

September 8, 2011

How effective is President Obama’s jobs plan?

September 8, 2011

Obama’s American Jobs Act is mostly on the mark

September 8, 2011

A quick look at the job impact of the president’s proposals

September 8, 2011

How big is the job gap? Let’s just say this one goes to 11

September 9, 2011

It’s not ideology, it’s the money

September 9, 2011

The long and winding road to the American Jobs Act

September 9, 2011

Looking ahead to next week’s Census release of income, poverty and health insurance data

September 12, 2011

A dire prediction: The achievement gap will grow

September 12, 2011

Boeing and House Republicans abuse their power

September 12, 2011

Obama’s ‘billion-dollar’ rules could provide annual benefits approaching $200 billion

September 13, 2011

By the numbers: 2010 income, poverty, and health insurance coverage

September 13, 2011

Already a lost decade: Working-age household income down more than 10% since 2000

September 13, 2011

Recession continues to take its toll on America’s children

September 13, 2011

Deep poverty at all-time high

September 14, 2011

Paying for job creation the right way

September 14, 2011

Payroll tax cuts – just how much bang for buck?

September 14, 2011

Young adults increase employer-sponsored insurance as their employment rates fall: Evidence the Affordable Care Act works

September 15, 2011

Deficit “super-committee” must focus on jobs too

September 15, 2011

More revenue should be raised from those at the top, not at the bottom

September 15, 2011

Millions of jobs left on the table

September 15, 2011

Greedy geezers?

September 15, 2011

Young children and unemployment

September 15, 2011

Contrary to misinformation campaign, NLRB Boeing ruling consistent with long-established labor law

September 16, 2011

When did the meltdown really begin?

September 16, 2011

Fixing upside-down tax breaks should be a no-brainer, but…

September 16, 2011

Macroeconomics is not a religion

September 19, 2011

Inequality and income losses in the recession: It’s all about lost work

September 19, 2011

Romney’s jobs plan is long on rhetoric, short on solutions

September 19, 2011

Five reasons for progressives to like Obama’s Super Committee proposal

September 19, 2011

Buffett Rules!

September 20, 2011

EPA and the economy: Much ado about 0.1 percent

September 20, 2011

Ending our militaristic foreign policy saves money

September 20, 2011

Enamored with debt numerology

September 20, 2011

Don’t depend on the kindness of corporations

September 21, 2011

Another repatriation holiday will decrease employment and revenue

September 21, 2011

Helping out the Fed

September 21, 2011

Basic macroeconomics for Republican congressional leaders, part II

September 21, 2011

Snapshot: Disturbing trends in median wealth of households

September 22, 2011

What’s UI got to do with it?

September 22, 2011

American Community Survey paints a bleak landscape

September 23, 2011

Effective tax rates, now in color!

September 23, 2011

Signs of health reform success on anniversary of provisions for young adults

September 23, 2011

All workers—including black youth—benefit from a tight labor market

September 23, 2011

State Department’s review of J-1 program sponsors leaves much to be desired

September 26, 2011

A bet over No Child Left Behind

September 27, 2011

Nine reasons to invest more in the nation’s infrastructure

September 27, 2011

State unemployment trends — spinning our wheels and spinning the data

September 27, 2011

Regulatory uncertainty not to blame for our jobs problem

September 27, 2011

Health insurance premiums continue to rise far faster than workers’ earnings and overall inflation

September 28, 2011

Less money, less marriage

September 28, 2011

Are hedge-fund managers making my health insurance premiums expensive?

September 29, 2011

Government losses a big part of state unemployment increases

September 29, 2011

Nine-nine-nine nonsense

September 30, 2011

Really, that’s all you got?

September 30, 2011

We’re not in Mayberry any more

October 3, 2011

China’s currency manipulation reached record level in June 2011

October 3, 2011

Poll shows support for increasing Social Security benefits

October 4, 2011

The bad economy is not just a state of mind

October 4, 2011

Truly shared sacrifice includes Wall Street

October 5, 2011

American Enterprise Institute authors say Social Security and pensions are a bargain

October 5, 2011

“That’s where the money is”

October 5, 2011

Eric Cantor cares about poverty?

October 6, 2011

Progressive counter-pressure for the Fed?

October 6, 2011

China’s People’s Bank: The lady doth protest too much

October 6, 2011

So’s your mother. And Reagan. And you’ve never run a business!

October 6, 2011

The H-2B guestworker program puts downward pressure on American wages

October 7, 2011

Quick Take: Miserably low job growth

October 7, 2011

The teacher gap

October 7, 2011

Could currency legislation lead to a trade war? Think again

October 7, 2011

Calculating the cost of war

October 7, 2011

Snapshot: Areas with highest Hispanic unemployment are in Northeast

October 7, 2011

With friends like these…

October 7, 2011

Taxing health benefits no silver bullet: Famous economists agreeing with us, Part 2

October 11, 2011

In bad times, borrowing from yourself doesn’t make you poor

October 11, 2011

Cato on China trade: Looking glass economics

October 11, 2011

Is Grover’s pledge losing gravitas?

October 11, 2011

Congress aims for “continuous improvement” from students

October 12, 2011

Blame who?

October 12, 2011

Clive, don’t change the subject

October 13, 2011

Snapshot: Will outcome of new trade agreements be any better than NAFTA?

October 13, 2011

Persistent and acute state budget deficits? It’s (still) the economy

October 14, 2011

Big recession, big budget deficits

October 14, 2011

Test score gaps refuse to budge, plead poverty

October 14, 2011

California’s governor refuses to add more speedometers to a broken education vehicle

October 17, 2011

Who’s middle class? It depends…

October 17, 2011

Baby steps toward fixing our schools

October 17, 2011

What should have been different this time? The policy response

October 18, 2011

Uh-oh, the peasants are getting angry… time to lie to them about taxes!

October 19, 2011

Plutocrats win big with ‘999,’ while 84 percent of households get hosed

October 19, 2011

How not to make globalization work for America’s workers: A tale of two trade deals

October 19, 2011

Two years into austerity and counting…

October 20, 2011

Snapshot: Incomes rising fastest at the top

October 20, 2011

State and local budget relief mostly helps private-sector workers

October 21, 2011

Macroeconomic Advisers: Republican “jobs” plan creates no jobs

October 21, 2011

Quick clicks: Growing chorus wants the Fed to do more

October 21, 2011

Video: Seniors rapping about Social Security

October 21, 2011

Cantor’s strange way of caring about inequality

October 25, 2011

State “jobs deficits” both a sign of and cause of slow recovery

October 26, 2011

Is Bizarro World already taken?

October 26, 2011

Treasury analysis confirms hollowness of regulatory uncertainty claims

October 26, 2011

CBO joins EPI in providing intellectual support to OWS

October 27, 2011

Return to profitability, new UAW contract reflect the benefits of auto industry’s restructuring

October 28, 2011

Fast investment growth + slow employment growth = no puzzle

October 28, 2011

Perry’s Halloween-timed budget plan should scare the bejesus out of the middle class

October 28, 2011

Once again, the Great Recession explains why today’s economy is so bad

October 31, 2011

New book by Ray Marshall: Value-Added Immigration

November 1, 2011

The chained CPI: Budget treachery

November 1, 2011

Perry’s own model would show that his FULL plan reduces economic growth

November 1, 2011

Rick Perry’s reverse Robin Hood tax plan

November 2, 2011

Video: Honoring the inspiring work of Paul Krugman

November 2, 2011

Perry’s economic analysis of his tax plan should be retracted

November 2, 2011

Social Security and the federal deficit (Part 1)

November 3, 2011

As the manufacturing sector goes, so goes America?

November 3, 2011

There’s more to inequality than education

November 7, 2011

The link between joblessness and social unrest

November 8, 2011

Free money

November 8, 2011

Senate compromise falls woefully short of a jobs plan

November 8, 2011

It’s [not] the economy [that I recognize]

November 9, 2011

Ohio rejects assault on union rights and wages

November 9, 2011

Census tries to better identify poverty and finds what? More of it

November 9, 2011

Social Security and the federal deficit (part 2)

November 9, 2011

Arizona’s message

November 10, 2011

Snapshot: CEOs distance themselves from the average worker

November 10, 2011

Economic benefits from two fuel standard rules alone offset much of modest compliance cost of all Obama EPA rules

November 10, 2011

Fiscal responsibility demands addressing the economic crisis at hand, not the imaginary one

November 14, 2011

How many jobs could Congress save in my state through 2012?

November 14, 2011

Drawing all the wrong lessons from the Euro crisis

November 14, 2011

The timing is right for construction-related environmental jobs

November 15, 2011

The invisible sex

November 15, 2011

New evidence that the chained CPI is unfair to seniors

November 15, 2011

How will the market react to a supercommittee “failure?”

November 15, 2011

In the Beltway, the answer is always “faster deficit reduction!”

November 16, 2011

Democrats’ counter-offer to big domestic spending cuts is… big domestic spending cuts?

November 17, 2011

Bad regulatory diagnosis leads to wrong legislative cure

November 18, 2011

Progressive Caucus hearing on jobs a welcome relief from budget cuts mania

November 18, 2011

Labor-HHS spending bill would make terrible changes in labor law and regulation

November 18, 2011

House votes down BBA measure that would’ve harmed the economy even further

November 21, 2011

America’s infrastructure — ticking time bombs in every state

November 22, 2011

The supercommittee’s real failure

November 23, 2011

Garbage in, garbage out at Heritage and AEI?

November 23, 2011

As Thanksgiving nears, some “perspective” on poverty

November 23, 2011

Video: Where’s the outrage?

November 28, 2011

Getting the economic facts right during the House regulatory debate

November 28, 2011

Eurozone crisis: Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!

November 29, 2011

Ryan’s budget proposals belie concerns about inequality

December 1, 2011

Stop digging us into an ever deeper hole! Or, how not to argue for the payroll tax holiday

December 2, 2011

Public pension scourge is at it again

December 2, 2011

Why falling unemployment may not be making voters happy

December 5, 2011

The J-1 and H-2B guest worker programs hurt young people’s employment prospects

December 6, 2011

What David Brooks gets right – regulations aren’t tanking the economy – and what he misses

December 7, 2011

Supply-side’s abject failure

December 7, 2011

President Obama got it right; Fox news gets it wrong

December 8, 2011

Snapshot: Why the drop in the unemployment rate isn’t what you think

December 8, 2011

I still haven’t run a small business … but the case against regulation is still awfully weak

December 8, 2011

Eliminating Medicare epitomizes penny wise, pound foolish budgeting (it’s bad health policy, too)

December 8, 2011

Vast majority of public supports a legalization program for unauthorized immigrants

December 9, 2011

Seniors are STILL worse off than working-age adults

December 9, 2011

Projected: Nearly 15% of the workforce will be unemployed at some point in 2012

December 12, 2011

Same old, same old: One quick test for what’s serious in job creation proposals

December 12, 2011

Will the real unemployment rate please stand up

December 13, 2011

On fairy tales about inequality

December 13, 2011

Congressional Progressive Caucus picks up where Obama’s speech left off

December 13, 2011

Voodoo economics playbook: Gingrich goes all in

December 14, 2011

Snapshot: Unemployment insurance benefits increase job-search activities

December 14, 2011

The financial crisis didn’t, and won’t, fix inequality

December 16, 2011

Reducing the black-white achievement gap by reducing black unemployment

December 19, 2011

Cleaner, safer air (and some jobs) coming soon: Final “air-toxics rule” still likely to be life-saver, not job-killer

December 20, 2011

Continuing extended UI benefits will make the labor market stronger

December 21, 2011

Top 10 lies about Social Security (from those who just want to dismantle government)

December 21, 2011

House vote will hurt millions of unemployed workers

December 22, 2011

WSJ swings and misses on tax policy

December 22, 2011

Some ugly views about the unemployed among congressional Republicans

December 23, 2011

A minimum wage milestone

December 23, 2011

Thanks, grandma!

December 23, 2011

Worst economic idea of the year?

December 28, 2011

Happy Holidays from EPI

January 3, 2012

A happy (economic) 2012 is far from guaranteed

January 5, 2012

Unpaid internships hurt mobility

January 5, 2012

Mobility remains low as inequality increases

January 6, 2012

Romney’s tax plan for the 1%

January 6, 2012

Consumers need a strong Financial Protection Bureau

January 6, 2012

Capping federal spending at 18% of GDP is still infeasible

January 10, 2012

Shouldn’t everyone be listening to Nouriel Roubini?

January 11, 2012

The NLRB protects the right of non-union employees to fair pay

January 12, 2012

False signals on the need for college graduates

January 12, 2012

Trade and jobs – why make it so hard?

January 12, 2012

Asking the wrong question about presidents and jobs

January 12, 2012

Income inequality is a policy choice

January 13, 2012

Krueger links progressive taxation, income inequality, and economic mobility

January 18, 2012

The Gingrich nonsense

January 19, 2012

Romney may not like government, but he loves its tax subsidies

January 19, 2012

Don’t blame the robots: It’s not productivity growth that’s holding job growth back

January 20, 2012

You can’t measure tax progressivity while ignoring income trends

January 23, 2012

‘Reformers’ playbook on failing schools fails a fact check

January 24, 2012

A firewall has risen

January 24, 2012

Apple execs (like everyone else) overlook global exchange rates

January 24, 2012

Obama’s State of the Union speech sends the right signals

January 24, 2012

Mitch Daniels, deficit peacock

January 25, 2012

State of the Union: Manufacturing a Better Future

January 25, 2012

Discriminatory mortgage lending intensifies racial segregation

January 26, 2012

The Fed’s longer-run goals: Defining success down?

January 27, 2012

Maybe Reagan was onto something…

January 30, 2012

Massive tax cuts don’t square with professed concerns about public debt

January 30, 2012

Austerity’s effect on state job growth

January 31, 2012

A minimum-wage increase in Illinois: Helping working families in the Land of Lincoln

January 31, 2012

Record low capacity utilization in electric sector inconsistent with “regulations kill jobs” mantra

January 31, 2012

It’s not time to cut back on extended unemployment insurance

January 31, 2012

Are federal workers overpaid?

February 2, 2012

On Wilson’s muddled defense of the top 1%

February 2, 2012

Bush-era tax cuts remain the obstacle to fiscal sustainability

February 2, 2012

Obama’s SOTU claim is right: Regulations can improve the free market

February 2, 2012

SNAP for the economy

February 3, 2012

Tracking GDP and jobs: When repeating the same thing over and over actually provides useful information

February 3, 2012

‘Increase and Index the Minimum Wage Week’

February 3, 2012

On Brooks’ muddled defense of the top 1%

February 3, 2012

The ‘end of the segregated century?’

February 3, 2012

Another win for the 1%: ‘Right to work’ signed into law in Indiana

February 7, 2012

Romer argues against ‘special treatment’ for U.S. manufacturing (gasp, somebody smart is wrong on the Internet!)

February 7, 2012

Unpaid internships: A scourge on the labor market

February 7, 2012

The tax expenditure of the 1%

February 8, 2012

‘Nonsense fact’ about union workers used in Super Bowl ad

February 8, 2012

A cheaper dollar is not enough

February 9, 2012

Auto industry roars back, everyone cheers (except anti-government conservatives)

February 9, 2012

Myths of structural unemployment: The construction dimension

February 10, 2012

Lessons from testifying before the GOP House: Don’t assume people know basic economic principles

February 10, 2012

More lessons from testifying: Must explain that one person’s income is another’s cost

February 13, 2012

No, NYT, there’s been no expansion of government benefits, no ‘entitlement society’

February 13, 2012

China responsible for bulk of the U.S. trade deficit in non-oil manufactured goods

February 13, 2012

President Obama’s FY 2013 budget: The Buffett Rule and progressive tax reform

February 13, 2012

A budget for adults (especially those who’d like a job)

February 14, 2012

David Brooks’ bad example

February 14, 2012

Working spouses cause inequality? Can this emerging zombie lie be killed?

February 14, 2012

Don’t cut the non-security discretionary budget!

February 14, 2012

Exports and growth: Running harder and falling behind

February 14, 2012

Labor Department tackles guest worker problems

February 15, 2012

Bad Apple labor practices: Promises have been made before

February 15, 2012

Morals, money and book promotion

February 16, 2012

The president’s jobs package would indeed create jobs

February 16, 2012

Congress’ arbitrary ‘compromise’ on UI benefits

February 16, 2012

CBO, CRS, EPI find toxics and other EPA rules have benign economic effects

February 17, 2012

Whitewashing the Apple

February 17, 2012

Unemployment of 8.3% is unacceptably high, no matter when and for whom

February 17, 2012

The Recovery Act: Evidence of success three years out

February 22, 2012

Coordinated investment as an alternative to doubling down on austerity’s failure

February 24, 2012

A closer look at Asian-American income

February 24, 2012

Where is the ‘shared sacrifice’ in this framework for corporate tax reform?

February 24, 2012

CBO shows ARRA’s continued positive impact

February 24, 2012

Post editorial criticizes Md. schools, public pensions, school boards, teacher unions, and Gov. O’Malley — but misses all targets

February 27, 2012

Arne Duncan’s policies have yet to match his rhetoric

February 27, 2012

Rein in the debt tax preference, raise some revenue

February 28, 2012

Nation, you’ll want to watch this

March 1, 2012

The myth of rising domestic spending strikes again!

March 2, 2012

Reagan, Keynes, government spending, jobs. Redux.

March 2, 2012

Pushing back against illegal unpaid internships

March 6, 2012

Economic growth will not come to Mitt Romney’s rescue

March 6, 2012

The top 1% recoups lost ground

March 6, 2012

Cuts to state and local governments are particularly hard on women

March 7, 2012

Montana judge’s actions provide an opportunity to confront the origins of America’s racial divide

March 7, 2012

Mankiw swings and misses in defense of Romney’s carried interest

March 8, 2012

A jobs bill in substance or acronym only?

March 9, 2012

Are Liberal Arts majors dragging college grads down?

March 9, 2012

High-scoring, low-income students no more likely to complete college than low-scoring, rich students

March 9, 2012

Charles Murray’s failure by design

March 13, 2012

The myth of the rich, hungry Chinese consumer

March 14, 2012

U.S. sends the right message with WTO complaint on China’s illegal restrictions on rare earth exports

March 15, 2012

China continues to lean against the wind on need for currency revaluation

March 16, 2012

Public investment and the social contract

March 16, 2012

Wisconsin one year later

March 19, 2012

State Department right to ban Alaskan fish processing jobs from J-1 visa Summer Work Travel program

March 21, 2012

What’s good for Apple is … just good for Apple

March 21, 2012

Ryan’s budget cuts would cost jobs

March 22, 2012

Report to Congress confirms large benefits, modest costs of new EPA rules

March 23, 2012

Economists arguing that there is indeed such a thing as a free lunch … as long as people are willing to eat it

March 28, 2012

Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Budget for All addresses our national priorities

March 28, 2012

An economically and fiscally responsible budget from the Congressional Progressive Caucus

March 28, 2012

Congressional Progressive Caucus budget would boost employment by millions—unlike the Ryan budget

March 29, 2012

Harkin bill would revive the American Dream

March 30, 2012

Infrastructure is win-win-win-win

April 1, 2012

One million workers stand to benefit from NY’s proposed minimum wage hike

April 2, 2012

Who’s guarding Apple’s Foxconn chicken coop?

April 3, 2012

Fair Labor Association report leaves big questions about change at Apple/Foxconn

April 3, 2012

Nothing screams fiscal charlatan like a $4.5 trillion tax cut financed by gimmicks

April 4, 2012

What to do about the eurozone?

April 4, 2012

Apple’s employees in China don’t work 70 hours a week because they want to

April 5, 2012

Unemployment rising too fast, then falling too fast … going forward, it should (unfortunately) be just right

April 5, 2012

Business groups lobby to relax rules on much-abused guest worker program

April 6, 2012

Washington Post misdiagnoses causes of retirement insecurity

April 6, 2012

Were some of ARRA’s jobs eaten by rising hours?

April 9, 2012

The worst recession in 70 years, not the worst recovery

April 9, 2012

Social Security privatizer Pozen attacks public employee pensions

April 10, 2012

Memo to the Times: Hold the funeral march for U.S. manufacturing

April 10, 2012

Latinos versus the Census Bureau: When racial categorizations clash

April 11, 2012

Robert Lawrence misleads the New York Times on manufacturing

April 11, 2012

Thank God for trial lawyers

April 12, 2012

Panel on tax fairness and reform helps address common misperceptions

April 12, 2012

It’s true, the Buffett Rule won’t lower unemployment by itself (but it’s still worth doing)

April 12, 2012

Since when does each and every budget policy proposal have to singlehandedly eliminate the deficit?

April 13, 2012

A rising tide for increasing minimum wage rates

April 13, 2012

The utter wrongness of people who complain about double-counting Medicare savings

April 13, 2012

Sure, it’s weak, but this ‘so-called recovery’ is no weaker than the last one, Greg Mankiw

April 16, 2012

Tax breaks for saving

April 17, 2012

Did Greg Mankiw really just brandish his $170 textbook as evidence of the benefits of unfettered competition?

April 17, 2012

With tax day upon us, file these numbers away

April 18, 2012

Apple’s iPhone profits dwarf its labor costs

April 20, 2012

Cutting public investments to protect “the children” — or, when the cure is much worse than the malady

April 20, 2012

Why resurrect budget dinosaurs and bad economic policy?

April 20, 2012

The fashion industry’s illegal unpaid internships

April 23, 2012

The 2012 Social Security trustees report in a nutshell

April 24, 2012

Romney opposes the Buffett Rule? Why would that be?

April 24, 2012

Sequestration will slow the recovery and job growth, period

April 25, 2012

Attempt to block labor election modernization goes down in flames

April 25, 2012

Austerity in the UK — losing the argument and the economy

April 26, 2012

Understanding the wedge between productivity and median compensation growth

April 26, 2012

Glenn Kessler’s wrong call on Romney’s Buffett Rule chicanery

April 26, 2012

The Social Security trustees report—now what?

May 1, 2012

Apple’s executive pay, profits, and cash balance show ability to assist its factory workers

May 2, 2012

It’s executives and the finance sector causing surging 1% income growth!

May 2, 2012

Racial inequality and the black homicide rate

May 3, 2012

What world of fiscal policy is Michael Gerson inhabiting?

May 3, 2012

Video: Paul Krugman discusses his new book

May 4, 2012

Underemployment isn’t a ‘myth’ for recent college grads

May 7, 2012

How Romney can show support for working women

May 7, 2012

Addressing price parity concerns

May 7, 2012

What we should talk about when we talk about Social Security

May 7, 2012

Depressing graph of the day: The long-term unemployed

May 8, 2012

Price of a diploma: Class of 2012 faces tough job market, rising costs, and increasing debt

May 9, 2012

Andrew Biggs is at it again

May 10, 2012

Grasping at Chinese straws

May 10, 2012

Organized business’s knee-jerk opposition to paid sick days legislation

May 10, 2012

Senate health committee hearing stresses importance of paid sick time

May 11, 2012

Larry Summers shrewdly reframes tax simplification

May 11, 2012

Paging the congressional ophthalmologist

May 14, 2012

Video: Cambridge Forum discussion on the U.S. and globalization

May 15, 2012

Addressing unfair expectations for the next wave of educators

May 16, 2012

Bernard ‘B’ Rapoport remembered

May 16, 2012

Misguided views of Social Security emerge at fiscal summit

May 17, 2012

Social Security advocates go on the offensive

May 17, 2012

Speaker Boehner pledges to hijack the debt ceiling and jeopardize recovery again

May 21, 2012

What happens if you tighten your belt …

May 22, 2012

Don’t let Congress fast-track another tax cut

May 22, 2012

Latinos and the good jobs crisis

May 24, 2012

Alan Simpson isn’t ‘saving Social Security’

May 24, 2012

Management—bad management—crippled the auto industry’s Big Three, not the UAW

May 24, 2012

Does just arguing over the debt ceiling damage recovery? Maybe

May 24, 2012

Getting to a better Fed is about more than just Jamie Dimon

May 25, 2012

Increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage helps the economy and the state’s lower-income earners

May 25, 2012

Four disturbing consequences of Pelosi’s tax retreat

May 25, 2012

One more time: Public debt incurred when the economy is depressed does not damage the economy

May 29, 2012

Conservatives say CEO compensation levels are fine now that it takes 10 hours to earn a typical worker’s annual compensation

May 29, 2012

How’s that immigrant-bashing thing workin’ for ya?

June 1, 2012

New York Times pension reporter ignores inconvenient truths

June 1, 2012

Center for Public Integrity makes a strong case for more regulation and better enforcement

June 4, 2012

We still have a long way to go to achieve racial equality

June 5, 2012

Adding to Joe Nocera’s piece: A revival of the labor movement is necessary to preserve our democracy

June 5, 2012

Union decline and rising inequality in two charts

June 5, 2012

‘Simplistic Keynesians’ still right about the economy

June 6, 2012

Not all debt is created equal, David Brooks

June 6, 2012

The long-term budget outlook has improved dramatically over the last three years

June 7, 2012

Fiscal hawks’ double standard for Social Security cuts vs. tax cuts

June 7, 2012

Claims about the efficacy of fiscal stimulus in a depressed economy are based on as-flimsy evidence as the Laffer Curve?! Seriously false equivalence

June 8, 2012

Update to yesterday’s blog post “Fiscal hawks’ double standard for Social Security cuts vs. tax cuts”

June 14, 2012

Job chart in Romney’s economic plan seems wrong still funky

June 14, 2012

Congress should fix Postal Service pension problem it created

June 15, 2012

Another suicide at Apple’s key supplier in China

June 15, 2012

New Fed data shows families falling even farther behind in retirement saving

June 18, 2012

Failure to stimulate recovery is costing trillions in lost national income

June 19, 2012

NLRB uses new tool to help us understand our rights

June 20, 2012

Wealth losses by race and ethnicity

June 21, 2012

Supreme Court contorts itself to deny overtime protection to 90,000 pharmaceutical employees

June 25, 2012

Apple’s shine is fading

June 27, 2012

U.S. net debt hits $4 trillion in 2011—the cumulative toll of a generation of trade deficits

June 27, 2012

Emanuel misses the mark with ‘Children’s Opportunity Fund’

June 28, 2012

Supreme Court’s decision valuable because it upholds important safety net legislation

June 28, 2012

The mandate lives and conservatives weep that Americans don’t have to pay more for health coverage

June 28, 2012

The efficiencies of publicly provided health care, revisited

June 29, 2012

Foxconn is no exception: New report finds labor violations common throughout Apple’s supply chain

June 29, 2012

Combating foreign currency manipulation would boost manufacturing and U.S. jobs

June 29, 2012

A Solow system

June 29, 2012

David Brooks thinks that the ACA should be replaced with … lots of stuff already in the ACA

July 2, 2012

Another reminder that good regulations save lives

July 6, 2012

Three years into recovery, just how much has state and local austerity hurt job growth?

July 6, 2012

Obama gets tough on China’s unfair tariffs on U.S. auto exports

July 6, 2012

On health care reform, Mitt Romney knows better

July 9, 2012

Robert Samuelson says the economy isn’t allowed to have the Keynesian cures it needs because of … Keynesians (from the 1960s)

July 12, 2012

The ‘technology did it’ zombie has arisen

July 16, 2012

Wages and Social Security

July 17, 2012

Inequality, exhibit A: Walmart and the wealth of American families

July 18, 2012

The five serious flaws of Bowles-Simpson

July 18, 2012

80% of jobs created since the recession’s end have gone to men?

July 19, 2012

Nearly 3 years, and counting: Minimum wage increase helps working families and the economy

July 20, 2012

Happy birthday, CFPB

July 20, 2012

Confirming the further redistribution of wealth upward

July 26, 2012

Investigations reveal forced labor of immigrants but Congress won’t allow the Labor Department to combat it

July 27, 2012

Potential failure

August 2, 2012

The folly of the GOP’s ‘tax reform’ agenda

August 3, 2012

Keep your government hands on my Medicare!

August 6, 2012

Investment, employment trends belie claims that regulation and ‘too much government’ impede recovery

August 7, 2012

High cost and high debt for students at for-profit colleges

August 8, 2012

For-profit colleges have the poorest students and richest leaders

August 9, 2012

DHS initiative for young unauthorized immigrants is cost-effective and benefits American workers

August 9, 2012

Bill Keller and Third Way’s misinformed and ironic baby boomer bashing

August 10, 2012

Making the tax code work for the middle class

August 13, 2012

What a Romney-Ryan budget would mean for Americans

August 14, 2012

Parade Magazine decries poor state of public school facilities

August 14, 2012

The State Department just created about 4,000 jobs in Alaska

August 14, 2012

Lessons from the French: It’s time to tax high-frequency trading

August 14, 2012

Paul Ryan on Social Security

August 17, 2012

In what way is a college degree valuable in a recession?

August 20, 2012

Bankrupt! No, not the U.S. economy, just the policy discussion about it

August 22, 2012

Segregation, the black-white achievement gap, and the Romneys

August 22, 2012

What does health care have to do with the wage slowdown? Not much

August 22, 2012

What do Social Security, Medicare and public investments have in common? They make us richer

August 22, 2012

MAPI report on regulation is latest example of business-sponsored junk science

August 23, 2012

Bad economics leads to bad H-2B guest worker legislation

August 24, 2012

Apple in China: Failing to make good on its commitment?

August 27, 2012

Health reform and the $716 billion lie

August 28, 2012

Key goals of 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom are still unmet

August 29, 2012

Paul Ryan is not (and has never been) a deficit hawk

August 30, 2012

Congress: Put emergency unemployment compensation in the continuing resolution

August 30, 2012

How much will the Ryan Medicare voucher cost you?

September 5, 2012

Seniors spend almost three times more on out-of-pocket health costs

September 6, 2012

Elizabeth Warren on why you should read State of Working America too many American families are struggling to get ahead

September 6, 2012

Would full passage of Obama’s Jobs Act have added another million jobs?

September 7, 2012

Card check survives as way to choose a union

September 10, 2012

iPhone 5 is being produced under harsh working conditions still in violation of basic labor rights

September 10, 2012

Tax cuts, and debt, and arithmetic: Oh my!

September 12, 2012

By the numbers: New Census Bureau data on poverty, income, and health insurance coverage

September 12, 2012

Want to understand today’s inaction in solving economic problems? Read The State of Working America

September 12, 2012

Hispanic and single-black-father families see declines in poverty

September 13, 2012

Lessons for Chicago: It takes a cake, and the truly disadvantaged need extra frosting

September 13, 2012

Chicago’s schools and the polite Pinkertons of educational reform

September 14, 2012

Teacher accountability and the Chicago teachers strike

September 14, 2012

The value of Fed-talk

September 14, 2012

Items I wish the education pundits would read

September 17, 2012

One year of Occupy Wall Street

September 17, 2012

Obama tackles illegal Chinese auto parts subsidies

September 18, 2012

No, we’re nowhere close to the limits of effective fiscal stimulus

September 18, 2012

Five facts about the 47 percent

September 19, 2012

Romney’s regressive socioeconomic philosophy is nothing new

September 20, 2012

Majority of elderly households fall into category maligned by Romney

September 20, 2012

New evidence of disturbing working conditions in iPhone production

September 20, 2012

2011 American Community Survey shows continuing hardship throughout the U.S.

September 24, 2012

Foxconn riot, strikes, coerced student labor, and more: All’s not well with iPhone 5 production

September 24, 2012

What we read today

September 25, 2012

Retirement proposals a big step forward

September 25, 2012

Nearly four years in, what do cost-benefit data show for the major Obama EPA rules, and what do they imply for the economy?

September 25, 2012

Video: Collective bargaining and shared prosperity in Michigan

September 25, 2012

Recent federal regulation coincides with manufacturing employment gains

September 25, 2012

What we read today

September 26, 2012

Rare conservative-progressive agreement: Corporate capture of the government is a bad thing

September 26, 2012

Social Security, Medicare and life expectancy

September 26, 2012

Obama’s budget policies would be better for growth than Romney’s

September 27, 2012

A ‘lost decade’ for nearly every state

September 27, 2012

Pension report misses obvious causes of underfunding

September 27, 2012

Which candidate’s plans are more Keynesian?

September 28, 2012

Share of households owning stocks declined over the last decade

September 28, 2012

Multipliers, yet again

September 28, 2012

Romney heavily exploits tax loopholes while slamming others for not paying income taxes

September 28, 2012

Another right-wing attack on public workers

September 28, 2012

What we read today

October 1, 2012

Barry Commoner, visionary environmentalist, teacher and activist dies at 95

October 1, 2012

What we read today

October 2, 2012

Capping federal spending at 20 percent of GDP would decimate state budgets

October 2, 2012

What we read today

October 3, 2012

No debate here, just facts on the presidential candidates’ economic policies

October 3, 2012

The payroll tax cut is likely to expire—let’s replace it with better stimulus

October 4, 2012

Checking Alabama’s ‘status’: HB 56 no cure for a sick labor market

October 4, 2012

Obama too quiet on job creation track record

October 4, 2012

Even more mathematically impossible tax promises

October 4, 2012

What we read today

October 5, 2012

The outrageous attack on BLS

October 5, 2012

‘Generational’ accusations are nearly always wrong

October 5, 2012

Who has the better solution to the 300,000 teacher gap?

October 5, 2012

Transporting black men to good jobs

October 5, 2012

Robert Samuelson is drinking Mitt Romney’s tax cut Kool-Aid

October 10, 2012

Digging deeper into the BLS data: It was the ‘job creators’ and those in ‘real America’ that led to the job growth

October 10, 2012

Real hourly wage growth: The last generation

October 11, 2012

Joel Klein’s false stories

October 11, 2012

Walmart strikes dramatize third-world inequities

October 11, 2012

Romney budget hides nearly $9 trillion of painful consequences

October 12, 2012

The ACA unequivocally increases insurance coverage

October 12, 2012

Remembering Paul Wellstone

October 12, 2012

How much do you really pay in taxes?

October 16, 2012

Only a minority of Americans think there is too much regulation

October 16, 2012

What we read today

October 17, 2012

False equivalence in candidates’ budgetary unknowns

October 17, 2012

What we read today

October 18, 2012

Celebrate the Clean Water Act

October 18, 2012

Fighting waste and abuse in defense contractor pay

October 19, 2012

Romney’s evasive language hides his tax cut for the rich

October 22, 2012

House Republicans block remedy for China’s job-killing currency intervention

October 22, 2012

What we read today

October 22, 2012

Notes for tonight’s debate: Faster growth without growing budget deficits requires a more competitive U.S. dollar

October 22, 2012

No, we don’t need China to finance budget deficits

October 23, 2012

Schumer’s spot on: 1986 is the wrong model for tax reform

October 23, 2012

Anti-regulatory malarkey

October 23, 2012

Not dead yet: Currency management and the need for a more competitive dollar

October 24, 2012

More reasons why China’s currency should remain a live issue

October 24, 2012

How revenue-neutrality would change the employment impact of Romney’s budget plan

October 24, 2012

What we read today

October 25, 2012

What we read today

October 26, 2012

Outcome of presidential election will impact judicial review of vital federal regulations

October 26, 2012

Robert Samuelson on government jobs: They exist, but people who recognize them are like flat-earthers

October 31, 2012

Heritage Foundation’s view on China trade and jobs is like old wine that’s aged badly

October 31, 2012

Government has flouted its obligation to affirmatively further fair housing

October 31, 2012

What we read today

November 1, 2012

Worrying about the fiscal cliff just leads to victory dances from Keynesians…

November 1, 2012

What we read today

November 2, 2012

Center for Immigration Studies goes political on jobs numbers

November 2, 2012

GOP senators to Congressional Research Service: Research? We don’t need no stinking research

November 5, 2012

Enacting a ‘grand bargain’ doesn’t equate to navigating the fiscal obstacle course

November 7, 2012

Don’t let the lame duck session undercut necessary financial oversight

November 8, 2012

What does President Obama’s re-election mean for the ‘fiscal cliff?’

November 9, 2012

Is job creation on Obama’s second-term agenda?

November 9, 2012

Congressional Budget Office confirms EPI’s findings on the fiscal obstacle course

November 13, 2012

Boehner’s talking about accelerating deficit reduction, not avoiding the fiscal obstacle course

November 13, 2012

One million veterans would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $9.80

November 14, 2012

Did NAFTA raise U.S. incomes? Not for most

November 14, 2012

What we read today

November 14, 2012

New Census poverty data shows what is at stake in the fiscal debate

November 15, 2012

Recommendations for successfully navigating the fiscal obstacle course

November 15, 2012

Five job creation policies for handling the fiscal obstacle course and slowing deficit reduction

November 19, 2012

The fiscal cliff and downgrading U.S. debt

November 19, 2012

Since when do we congratulate ourselves just for not going over a cliff?

November 20, 2012

Rush Limbaugh and other unbalanced observers blame ‘the union’

November 20, 2012

What we read today

November 21, 2012

Better pizza, bitter politics

November 21, 2012

What we read today

November 21, 2012

Immigration reform and indentured guest workers don’t go together

November 26, 2012

WaPo ignores facts on Social Security COLA

November 27, 2012

For fairness and job creation, the Buffett Rule is a no-brainer

November 27, 2012

Inequality is not just about taxes and education

November 27, 2012

What we read today

November 28, 2012

True deficit hawks would be worried with jobs and recovery first

November 29, 2012

In dispute of the ‘labor dispute’

November 29, 2012

President Obama wants to cut domestic spending and protect public investments, but his budget only cuts

November 30, 2012

Obama’s opening bid is both familiar and sound

November 30, 2012

A good first step, but full recovery would still be far, far away

November 30, 2012

What we read today

December 3, 2012

What we read today

December 5, 2012

Fixing a problem that doesn’t exist: Special interest STEM immigration bills are not needed

December 5, 2012

Want jobs? Kill the Bush tax cuts and extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation

December 6, 2012

6 reasons why the debt ceiling should be scrapped

December 6, 2012

An economy that works for the middle class won’t happen on its own

December 7, 2012

Don’t be fooled, Michigan: ‘Right to work’ is just plain wrong

December 7, 2012

The black birth rate converges on the white rate

December 7, 2012

What we read today

December 10, 2012

Latinos lead in insufficient work hours

December 11, 2012

What we read today

December 13, 2012

What we read today

December 13, 2012

Right-to-work-for-less passes in Michigan

December 14, 2012

Ease of doing business in U.S. and record corporate profits contradict Chamber’s regulatory complaints

December 17, 2012

American Immigration Council is wrong about H-1B fraud rules

December 17, 2012

Reading the tea leaves on financial markets and fiscal austerity

December 17, 2012

What we read today

December 18, 2012

If you’re writing about the ‘fiscal cliff,’ you need to read The State of Working America

December 18, 2012

Social Security has no place in ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations

December 18, 2012

The unkindest cut

December 18, 2012

On International Migrants Day, remember that guest worker programs aren’t the solution for immigration reform

December 19, 2012

A Social Security cut could lead to higher Latino and black elder poverty

December 19, 2012

What we read today

December 20, 2012

Let the Bush tax cuts expire, there are better options

December 20, 2012

French investigative report adds to concerns that conditions faced by iPhone 5 workers remain dire

December 21, 2012

The middle class does NOT extend up to $400K

December 21, 2012

Impact of proposed Social Security cut on blacks and Hispanics, take 2

December 21, 2012

Fiscal fiasco: The first to be hurt will be the unemployed

December 21, 2012

The 15 worst economic ideas of 2012

December 21, 2012

Boehner’s ‘Plan B’ would result in an austerity-induced recession

December 24, 2012

Litigation reveals extensive abuse of guest workers in the U.S.

December 26, 2012

Minimum wage indexing protects nearly a million low-wage workers this New Year

January 2, 2013

Let’s be straight on ‘investing in our middle class’

January 2, 2013

So the ‘fiscal cliff’ has been addressed. The next priority should be to address the fiscal cliff.

January 2, 2013

More fiscal implications of a rising capital-share of income

January 3, 2013

At $250B, costs of occupational injury and illness exceed costs of cancer

January 3, 2013

At best, budget deal suggests decelerating anemic growth, labor market deterioration

January 4, 2013

What we read today

January 7, 2013

The Bush tax cuts are here to stay

January 7, 2013

Strengthening the EITC and raising the minimum wage should go hand-in-hand

January 8, 2013

What we read today

January 9, 2013

NYT story emphasizes Apple’s positive statements, obscures ongoing labor abuses

January 9, 2013

Michelle Rhee gets a failing grade on her report card

January 9, 2013

Michigan’s ‘right-to-work-for-less’ legislation: Bad for workers, undemocratic, fundamentally immoral

January 10, 2013

With friends like these: The carbon tax edition

January 10, 2013

Unpaid internships: Denying opportunities and exploiting young workers

January 10, 2013

What we read today

January 11, 2013

Private-sector pension coverage fell by half over two decades

January 11, 2013

Don’t be fooled by Apple’s PR: Workers strike against sweatshop conditions

January 14, 2013

Job polarization in the 2000s?

January 14, 2013

Timing matters: Can job polarization explain wage trends?

January 14, 2013

Missing in action: Growth and shared prosperity

January 14, 2013

What we read today

January 15, 2013

International tests show achievement gaps in all countries, with big gains for U.S. disadvantaged students

January 15, 2013

Occupation employment trends and wage inequality: What the long view tells us

January 16, 2013

AARP comes out against COLA cut

January 16, 2013

Apple’s own data reveal 120,000 supply-chain employees worked excessive hours in November

January 16, 2013

What we read today

January 18, 2013

Are the job polarization data robust?

January 18, 2013

The congressional GOP has smothered a more rapid economic recovery

January 23, 2013

Huge disparity in funding for immigration enforcement vs. labor standards

January 24, 2013

The importance of revenue revisited: Minimizing the drag of austerity

January 25, 2013

When and what kind of deficit reduction matters most: The danger of aggressive 10-year deficit targets in the current budget debate

January 25, 2013

Louisiana retirement plan ruled unconstitutional

January 29, 2013

What we read today

January 30, 2013

Today’s teachable GDP moment: Slower government spending => slower GDP growth

January 30, 2013

Guestworker expansions don’t belong in comprehensive immigration reform

January 31, 2013

How raising Maryland’s minimum wage will benefit workers and boost the state’s economy

January 31, 2013

What we read today

February 1, 2013

Debt stabilization does not require $1.4 trillion, $1.5 trillion, or any other single number

February 1, 2013

Immigration system should meet labor market needs and reform guest worker programs

February 4, 2013

Immigration reform should invest in labor standards enforcement and electronic employment verification—not more border security

February 5, 2013

The UK is showing us why austerity is dangerous, but are we paying attention?

February 5, 2013

The Progressive Caucus’s sensible approach to sequestration: Prioritizing jobs and growth

February 6, 2013

CBO report shows two vastly different baselines moving closer together

February 8, 2013

What we read today

February 11, 2013

The president can end currency manipulation with the stroke of a pen, halving the U.S. trade deficit and creating millions of jobs

February 12, 2013

What we read today

February 13, 2013

President Obama throws his support behind increasing the minimum wage

February 13, 2013

Immigration reform and the minimum wage

February 13, 2013

Signing trade deals is a terrible jobs strategy

February 14, 2013

Who would be affected by President Obama’s proposed minimum wage increase?

February 14, 2013

Top 10 users of H-1B guest worker program are all offshore outsourcing firms

February 15, 2013

Regular people are smarter than pundits, at least when it comes to Social Security

February 15, 2013

Putting a $9 minimum wage in context

February 19, 2013

Strengthening Social Security for all

February 19, 2013

What we read today

February 20, 2013

Close to slavery

February 20, 2013

American job seekers think increasing the minimum wage would be good for them, and the country

February 20, 2013

What we read today

February 21, 2013

The PhD bust

February 21, 2013

Obama and Abe should address currency manipulation and Japanese trade barriers

February 22, 2013

Problems in the high tech labor market

February 22, 2013

What we read today

February 26, 2013

New Investigation Finds Alarming Conditions at Three Apple Suppliers

February 27, 2013

What we read today

February 28, 2013

GOP sequester position derails recovery (again)

February 28, 2013

Sequestration was never about fiscal responsibility

February 28, 2013

Does the Immigration Innovation Act Help Offshore Outsourcing Firms? Financial Advisory Firm Says Yes

March 1, 2013

What we read today

March 4, 2013

For 20-somethings, the no-limits, no-pay job

March 5, 2013

A $10.10 minimum wage would give economy (and more low-wage workers) a bigger boost

March 5, 2013

Asian American unemployment highest in Nevada and California; disadvantages in four states

March 5, 2013

What we read today

March 6, 2013

Raising the minimum wage could improve public health

March 7, 2013

In support of the Fair Minimum Wage Act

March 7, 2013

What we read today

March 12, 2013

Ryan proposes another path to fewer jobs and slower growth

March 14, 2013

Is Japan really ready for free trade?

March 14, 2013

What we read today

March 15, 2013

Big win for workers in Portland and (hopefully) Philadelphia

March 15, 2013

Path to Prosperity? How about Path of Austerity

March 15, 2013

CEOs explain how H-1B visa hurts U.S. competitiveness

March 18, 2013

House Democratic budget would also boost employment

March 19, 2013

What we read today

March 20, 2013

To chain or not to chain

March 21, 2013

David Brooks is wrong on the CPC’s Back to Work budget

March 22, 2013

Aggressively targeting a full recovery is the least risky thing you can do: Back to Work Budget edition

March 22, 2013

Manufacturing employment: Nothing to see here, move along…

March 26, 2013

Striking J-1 students want justice from McDonald’s and U.S. State Department

March 26, 2013

Senate Democratic budget overly focused on deficit reduction

March 26, 2013

The Murray budget falls short on funding domestic programs

March 27, 2013

What we read today

March 28, 2013

Time to end the reign of terror of scary upward-sloping graphs

March 28, 2013

Working as designed: High profits and stagnant wages

March 28, 2013

The sequester, the Ryan budget and practically all other spending cuts actually make the debt situation worse

March 29, 2013

Kerry drinks the trade Kool-Aid, but trade agreements do NOT create jobs

March 29, 2013

What we read today

April 2, 2013

Why the W-Visa agreement should be welcomed

April 2, 2013

New hope for workers in immigration deal between AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce

April 2, 2013

Why the 400,000 new ‘low-skilled’ work visas business wants is a ridiculously high number

April 2, 2013

What we read today

April 4, 2013

No, New Tax Cuts Will Not Pay for Themselves

April 5, 2013

Unshackle

April 8, 2013

How to stomp on promising developments in the economy: Austerity

April 8, 2013

Leaked ESPN memo asks employees to take one for the team

April 11, 2013

President’s budget “compromises” on job-growth too

April 12, 2013

The Obama budget’s misguidedly lower revenue target

April 12, 2013

Will the birthday bump prevent an increase in senior poverty from the chained CPI?

April 12, 2013

Dark Age budgeting: Social Security back on the table

April 15, 2013

How High Should Top Income Tax Rates Be? Getting the Fight Right

April 15, 2013

Tax Day 2013: For the vast major, it’s all about the expired payroll tax cut

April 15, 2013

What we read today (Tax Day edition)

April 16, 2013

The Working Families Flexibility Act is a fraud

April 16, 2013

The Reinhart and Rogoff magical 90 percent threshold loses its magic?

April 17, 2013

Gang of Eight bill delivers on bold, broad legalization of undocumented workers

April 17, 2013

A slight bit of substance on the Reinhart and Rogoff 90 percent debt threshold

April 18, 2013

Kids vs. seniors: an Urban myth

April 18, 2013

More on missing downward price pressure (hint, blame corporate profits)

April 18, 2013

Fox News wannabe: Washington Post disses France

April 22, 2013

What we read today

April 23, 2013

How far from full labor market recovery are we? Part I

April 24, 2013

$100 billion to Apple shareholders, any to Apple workers?

April 24, 2013

What we read (and watched) today

April 26, 2013

How far from full recovery are we, Part II: Housing to the rescue?

April 26, 2013

Workers Memorial Day thoughts

April 26, 2013

(Final?) Notes on the Reinhart/Rogoff saga

April 29, 2013

What we read today

April 30, 2013

Why do so many people want to only pursue the expensive ways to fix job-quality?

April 30, 2013

The missing workers: how many are there and who are they?

April 30, 2013

Reinhart and Rogoff couldn’t justify austerity before it was debunked

April 30, 2013

What we read today

May 1, 2013

Building a Tax Code for Today

May 1, 2013

175,000 jobs a month won’t make us whole until 2020

May 1, 2013

Will Apple follow in Nike’s failed footsteps?

May 2, 2013

Winning the intellectual debate on austerity while losing the policy debate

May 3, 2013

What we read today

May 7, 2013

Sequester cuts to Emergency Unemployment Insurance Compensation will likely cost around 30,000 jobs

May 8, 2013

What we read today

May 10, 2013

Looking ahead on the FY2014 budget

May 10, 2013

The best thing for mom this Mother’s Day: a raise

May 13, 2013

Brookings H-1B Report’s Flawed Analysis & Flawed Process

May 13, 2013

Senate immigration bill’s key innovations for high-skilled workers are in jeopardy

May 14, 2013

What we read today

May 17, 2013

Sequestration, detailed

May 17, 2013

What we read today

May 20, 2013

Nostalgic for the Gatsby era? (Surprise! You’re living in it.)

May 20, 2013

What we read today

May 21, 2013

Apple’s advice on corporate tax reform: more tax breaks, please!

May 22, 2013

In one chart: we have a demand problem, not a skills problem

May 24, 2013

Differences between House Republicans’ and Senate Democrats’ proposed funding allocations reveal their priorities

May 24, 2013

Why we should tax overseas corporate income

May 29, 2013

No cause for relief—austerity will indeed drag hard on the economy in 2013 and 2014

May 29, 2013

Ongoing joblessness: A national catastrophe for African American and Latino workers

May 29, 2013

Economic policy is largely being driven by obstructionism, not economic advisers

May 30, 2013

Previewing the Social Security Trustees Report

May 31, 2013

Economic expansion versus economic recovery

May 31, 2013

Social Security’s challenges continue to be modest and manageable

May 31, 2013

What we read today

June 5, 2013

Sheesh, Everyone’s a Chart Critic

June 7, 2013

Still Polishing Apple: Second FLA report misleads on labor rights progress

June 7, 2013

I’d be a damn fool to jump off a cliff

June 7, 2013

More thoughts on the value of cutting corporate tax rates

June 7, 2013

Recent impacts on grant funding to state-level programs

June 7, 2013

I see the future

June 10, 2013

Why Our Schools Are Segregated

June 10, 2013

CAP’s rethinking of the grand bargain path is good. Now CAP should rethink their role in putting us on that path.

June 10, 2013

What we read today

June 11, 2013

Equal Pay Act turns 50: What are the forces holding back the wages of both women and men?

June 11, 2013

Employers: Pay your interns. Labor Department: Bust them if they don’t!

June 12, 2013

A step forward for the rights of interns

June 13, 2013

J-1 exchange visitors deserve labor rights and human trafficking protections

June 14, 2013

How much can tax policy curb income inequality growth? Maybe a lot

June 14, 2013

Rise in college completion welcome – but not driven by rising college wage premium or ‘sheltering’

June 17, 2013

Ongoing State Jobs Deficits—Keeping State Employment Gains in Perspective

June 17, 2013

More Empty Rhetoric on Public Investment and Discretionary Spending: Fred Hiatt Edition

June 18, 2013

What We Read Today

June 19, 2013

Senator Merkley Takes on H-2B Guestworker Abuses

June 20, 2013

7-Eleven‘s Modern Day Plantation System

June 20, 2013

Debating the Rise of the Top 1 Percent

June 20, 2013

Rigorous Research is Needed to Eventually Inform Better Economic Policy, Regardless of Political Realities

June 20, 2013

Tackling Youth Unemployment With Amendments to the Senate Immigration Bill

June 21, 2013

Hybrid or Frankenpension?

June 24, 2013

Americans want fewer high-tech guestworkers, not more

June 25, 2013

Greg Mankiw Forgets to Offer Data for his Biggest Claim

June 25, 2013

Celebrating 75 Years of the Fair Labor Standards Act

June 25, 2013

What the Fisher Decision Ignores: “Diversity” Should Not Replace Integration as Our Goal

June 27, 2013

Mankiw, Kaplan, CEO Pay and the Defense of the 1 Percent

June 28, 2013

Coming Soon to the Big Apple – Paid Sick Days, as New York City Council Overrides Bloomberg Veto

June 28, 2013

Tipped Workers Deserve a Raise As Well

June 28, 2013

Inequality Is Real. Inequality.is Shows You How to Fix It.

June 28, 2013

What We Read Today

July 1, 2013

CEOs Recovering Well, Workers Not So Much

July 1, 2013

Congress Should Act Today to Keep Student Loan Interest Rates Low

July 3, 2013

Four Years Into Recovery, Austerity’s Toll is At Least 3 Million Jobs

July 5, 2013

If Today’s Jobs Report is Taken as Yet Another Excuse for Inaction, It Will Be Truly Bad News

July 5, 2013

What We Read Today

July 8, 2013

Does Value-Added Trade Have Any Implications for Trade Policy?

July 8, 2013

Council on Foreign Relations Wades into Education Debates, but Misses the Big Picture

July 8, 2013

Government–Not Business–Has Been the Source of Breakthrough Innovation

July 9, 2013

Is a “Blank-slate” Approach the Right Way to Reform our Tax Code?

July 10, 2013

North Carolina Slashes Aid to Job Seekers

July 11, 2013

Gearing Up for the Next Debt Ceiling Fight

July 12, 2013

Senate Immigration Legislation Would Improve Human Trafficking Protections for Guestworkers

July 12, 2013

Every Day, Low Wages

July 12, 2013

What We Read Today

July 16, 2013

Scapegoating the NLRB

July 17, 2013

Immigration Legislation Would Improve the Labor Market by Protecting Undocumented Workers from Employer Retaliation

July 17, 2013

Prices Drop as the Affordable Care Act is Implemented

July 18, 2013

McDonald’s Employees Don’t Need Financial Planning, They Need Raises

July 18, 2013

What We Read Today

July 19, 2013

The Compensation/Productivity Link Is Indeed Broken for the Vast Majority of American Workers

July 22, 2013

Of Final Candidates, Yellen Should Be Next Fed Chair

July 23, 2013

Hope and Cash, Investment and Policy: Jeep and the Future of Detroit

July 23, 2013

President Obama Needs to Ground “Middle-Out” Economics in Broad-Based Wage Growth

July 24, 2013

Easily Sharable Minimum Wage Graphics

July 24, 2013

The President’s Speech Shows He’s Better at the ‘Whereas’ than the ‘Therefore’ Part of the Resolution.

July 25, 2013

Mobility and Inequality

July 25, 2013

Government Can Make Internships More Accessible by Paying for Them

July 25, 2013

The President’s Economic Speech in 10 Charts (And More)

July 26, 2013

What We Read Today

July 29, 2013

President Obama Recognizes the Economic Demands of the “Unfinished March”

July 30, 2013

Social Security is the Most Effective Anti-Poverty Program in the U.S., In One Chart

July 30, 2013

Does a Grand Bargain Have to Include a Bad Bargain?

July 31, 2013

New Study Documents Serious Labor Rights Violations at Apple’s Second Largest Supplier

August 1, 2013

What to Watch on Jobs Day

August 1, 2013

The Next Federal Reserve Chairperson

August 1, 2013

Detroit’s Pension Problems: Not as Bad as They’re Portrayed

August 1, 2013

Deficit Reduction: It’s Not the Economy, Stupid

August 2, 2013

The National Labor Relations Board Now Has All Five Members

August 2, 2013

Why Citizenship Matters: Getting to the Bottom Line

August 2, 2013

Walmart Fight is About the Degradation of Work in America

August 2, 2013

What We Read Today

August 5, 2013

Detroit: Pensions, Racism and Bankruptcy

August 5, 2013

What is Smart about Budget Cuts that Push More People into Poverty?

August 5, 2013

Inflating Detroit’s Pension Liabilities, Part 2

August 14, 2013

Complacent Consensus on China

August 15, 2013

What We Read Today

August 16, 2013

Once Again, American Manufacturing Suffers from Lots of Things, but Excess Blue-Collar Pay Isn’t One of Them

August 16, 2013

New York Times Op-ed Blames the Victims of Detroit’s Decline

August 20, 2013

Bankruptcy Judge Should Respect Michigan’s Constitution Even If Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Doesn’t

August 22, 2013

Education Investment (Not Low Taxes) is Key to State Prosperity

August 22, 2013

Another Week, Another Ill-Considered Attempt To Undercut Regulations

August 22, 2013

Cato Study Distorts the Truth on Welfare and Work

August 23, 2013

Slow Wage-Growth Just One More Sign of How Big a Problem the Profit-Biased Recovery Is

August 23, 2013

What We Read Today

August 26, 2013

Ignoring Cheap Ways to Boost Middle-Class Living Standards

August 26, 2013

Fifty Years Later: How Far Have We Marched?

August 27, 2013

Labor Department Should Crack Down on Illegal Unpaid Internships

August 27, 2013

The Unfinished March Toward a Decent Minimum Wage

August 28, 2013

Broken Promises and Continuing Worker Abuses as Apple and its Suppliers Miss Deadline

August 28, 2013

EPI Family Budgets: Why More Tools Are Better Than One

August 29, 2013

Economy Boosting Jobs

August 30, 2013

What Should You Be Earning?

September 4, 2013

Budget Debates Matter: The Difference in GOP and Democratic Levels of Discretionary Spending for 2014 Translates into Nearly 1 Million Jobs

September 4, 2013

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Public Sector Job Growth

September 5, 2013

Mayor Gray Should Sign the Large Retailer Accountability Act

September 6, 2013

How Much We Have Backslid

September 6, 2013

What We Read Today

September 9, 2013

Workers’ Pay Hasn’t Always Lagged Productivity Growth

September 10, 2013

Entitlement Spending, Part I: Looking Back

September 12, 2013

Top 1 Percent Receive Record High Share of Total U.S. Income

September 13, 2013

2012 Income Numbers: What to Expect Next Tuesday and Why It Matters

September 13, 2013

ACA Implementation Advice: Encourage Timely Reports Of Income Changes

September 13, 2013

Social Welfare Spending, Part II: Looking Forward—It’s Still All About Health Costs

September 13, 2013

What We Read Today

September 13, 2013

Mayor Gray’s statement in support of his veto of the LRAA should embarrass him

September 16, 2013

Flawed Diagnoses and Inappropriate Cures in Education

September 16, 2013

5 Years Later: The Crisis We Averted and the One We Didn’t

September 17, 2013

Incomes and Poverty Stable as Wage Stagnation Continues

September 17, 2013

By the Numbers: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage 2012

September 17, 2013

Obama Administration Issues Home Care Rule

September 18, 2013

The Week in Federal Reserve News: No Taper!

September 18, 2013

New iPhones, Same Old Working Conditions

September 19, 2013

In Light Of Census Numbers, Cutting SNAP Would Be Irresponsible

September 20, 2013

Slow economic recovery reflected in stagnant income and poverty data

September 20, 2013

Ending corporate tax avoidance/evasion could reduce our long-term revenue problem

September 24, 2013

Austerity, Not Uncertainty, Is the Scary Part of Fiscal Showdowns

September 24, 2013

A Brad DeLong Smackdown of Sorts

September 25, 2013

What We Read Today

September 26, 2013

The Radicalism of Today’s Austerity in One Chart

September 27, 2013

We Have a Deficit Problem: It is too small to fuel a robust economic recovery from the Great Recession

September 27, 2013

You Know What is Totally Not Crazy? An INFINITY TRILLION DOLLAR COIN!

September 27, 2013

Expanding on Inequality for All

September 30, 2013

What We Mean When We Talk About Middle-Out Economics

September 30, 2013

GOP Members of Congress Use Fiscal Showdown as Leverage to Damage Middle-Class Economic Security, One More Time

October 1, 2013

Shutdown Hurts Parkgoers and Local Businesses

October 1, 2013

Socialized Medicine: The Horror Movie

October 1, 2013

We Can Do Something to Spur a More Rapid Recovery—Combat Foreign Currency Manipulation

October 1, 2013

How Big a (Macroeconomic) Deal is the Government Shutdown?

October 1, 2013

Proposed California Laws Will Protect Immigrant Workers Even if Federal Reform Fails

October 3, 2013

Note to Fiscal Policymakers: Multipliers are Definitely Still Large

October 3, 2013

Obamacare Isn’t Causing an Increase in Part-Time Employment, In One Chart

October 3, 2013

Basket Cases

October 4, 2013

No Jobs Day

October 4, 2013

Washington Post Editorial Board Pegs Minimum Wage to 1959 Living Standards

October 4, 2013

The Good and the Bad in Obamacare’s Mandates

October 4, 2013

Growing Together, Growing Apart

October 4, 2013

What We Read Today

October 7, 2013

Union Membership and the Income Share of the Top Ten Percent

October 7, 2013

Hitting the Debt Ceiling: An Anti-Stimulus at Least Twice as Large as the Stimulus in the Recovery Act

October 7, 2013

Are “We” Broke?

October 8, 2013

Who, Exactly, Has Benefited from Mississippi’s Anti-Unionism? Not Its Workers.

October 8, 2013

Does “Poverty” Cause Low Achievement?

October 8, 2013

There They Go Again: More Political Theater

October 9, 2013

New EPI Economic Indicator: Monthly Updates of the Number of “Missing Workers” and What the Unemployment Rate Would Be If They Were Looking for Work

October 10, 2013

The “True” Unemployment Rate Is the One BLS Releases Every Month*, But It’s Not the One “True” Measure of Labor Market Slack

October 11, 2013

Very Late in the Game Debt Ceiling Basics

October 11, 2013

Welfare Isn’t Too Generous—Wages Are Too Low

October 15, 2013

A Temporary Cease-Fire

October 15, 2013

Oh No, Not Again

October 16, 2013

The Policy Danger Posed by Luddites Whose Comfortable Existence Is Threatened by Economic Reality

October 18, 2013

You Can’t Put a Price on an Offer That Doesn’t Exist

October 21, 2013

Replace Some of the Sequester by Closing Tax Loopholes

October 24, 2013

Alt Underemployment

October 25, 2013

What We Read Today

October 28, 2013

Finding Some Good News About Health Reform

October 28, 2013

EPI Submits Amicus Brief on Civil Rights Case to SCOTUS

October 30, 2013

Racial Underrepresentation In Construction: How Do The Union And Nonunion Sectors Compare?

October 30, 2013

Food Stamps: ARRA’s Last Stand?

October 30, 2013

Comparing the DC Minimum Wage Proposals

October 31, 2013

DC Minimum Wage Part 2: The Tipped Minimum Wage—Separate, But Not Equal

October 31, 2013

New Research Yields Old Results

November 1, 2013

Dear Tim Cook: Fraction of Icahn Request Could Significantly Address Apple’s Labor Rights Violations

November 1, 2013

Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement: Job Claims Are Pure Baloney

November 5, 2013

A Daily Reminder That Thousands Die In Preventable Workplace Deaths Every Year

November 7, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Will Go a Long Way Toward Fixing the Broken Health Care System

November 8, 2013

Don’t Blame the Robots for Slow Job Growth In 2000s

November 12, 2013

Indian IT Outsourcing Firm Pays Biggest Immigration Fine in History

November 13, 2013

We Have Skilled Construction Workers−They Need Jobs

November 13, 2013

The United States Postal Service is Waking Up

November 14, 2013

House Signals Opposition to Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership

November 14, 2013

The Jobs Gap May Be Bigger for Men, But Within Industries Men are Still Gaining More than Women

November 14, 2013

Is There Any Reason Not to Release the ACA Prices?

November 15, 2013

Actually, the Fed Can Do Something (Lots, Even) About Inequality

November 15, 2013

Uwe Reinhardt on Cost-sharing

November 20, 2013

Brief Discussion of Senator Baucus’s Discussion Draft

November 21, 2013

Either AEI Has Forgotten Basic Statistics or They Are Advocating For More Collective Bargaining

November 21, 2013

Our Debt is Not a Problem We Need to Solve Right this Second

November 22, 2013

Responding to an Uninformed Critique

November 22, 2013

In Debate Over ”Secular Stagnation,” Don’t Let Legitimate Concerns Over Inequality Let Austerity Off the Hook

November 25, 2013

On Social Security, Elizabeth Warren Gets It Mostly Right

November 26, 2013

Unpaid Internships: Bad for Business, Bad for Interns

November 26, 2013

Giving Thanks for Small Things: A Little Light in the Dark Corridors of Power

November 27, 2013

Still a “Perfect Match”—Increasing Tax Fairness to Finance Job Creation

December 1, 2013

“PISA Day”—An Ideological and Hyperventilated Exercise

December 2, 2013

Help Bring the Facts to the Fight for Working People: Support EPI on Giving Tuesday

December 2, 2013

Apple Ignores Code of Conduct as Factory Workers in China Work Illegal, Excessive Overtime

December 3, 2013

The Stem, the Flower, and Corporate Greed

December 4, 2013

President Obama Hits the Right Notes

December 4, 2013

Economic Populism Still the Right—and the Winning—Choice

December 5, 2013

The Courts Deny the Rights of Workers to Collective Action

December 5, 2013

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Even Without Furloughed Workers, Government Employment is Still Too Low

December 6, 2013

Lies, Damn Lies, and Retirement Savings

December 9, 2013

NAFTA’s Impact on U.S. Workers

December 9, 2013

More Than Three-Quarters of Workers Missing from the Labor Force Are Under Age 55

December 10, 2013

Ratio of Job Seekers Remains Extremely Elevated—No Time to Cut Unemployment Benefits

December 10, 2013

Shockingly Little Progress on Breaking the Glass Ceiling

December 11, 2013

Leaving Extended Unemployment Benefits Out of the Budget Deal is Cruel and Stupid

December 11, 2013

Unemployment Insurance Isn’t the Problem, It’s the Solution

December 11, 2013

Avoiding a Government Shutdown Falls Far Short of What American Families Need

December 12, 2013

How to Raise $1 Trillion in Revenue Without Waiting on “Tax Reform”

December 12, 2013

Truth As Well As Reconciliation

December 13, 2013

Law To End Abuse of Farmworkers Needs Strengthening

December 13, 2013

Apple Fails to Deliver on Key Labor Rights Promises, but the Company’s Chosen Labor Rights Monitor Finds Little Fault

December 13, 2013

Our Fiscal Policy Is A Mess. Here’s How to Clean it Up.

December 13, 2013

The Budget Deal Loosens Austerity’s Grip on the Labor Market—But by Just a Bit

December 15, 2013

On That Income Inequality and Income Growth Thing Out There

December 16, 2013

Inequality: Not Really a Distraction, and Unambiguously Bad for Average Growth for the Vast Majority

December 16, 2013

The Burden of Proof in the Inequality/Growth Debate

December 17, 2013

Another Apple Supplier in China Admits Gross Violations of Worker Rights

December 18, 2013

Spending on Public Investments: Too Low but Getting Lower

December 18, 2013

Do Native Americans Face Discrimination in the Labor Market?

December 20, 2013

Jobs of the Future Look like Today’s Jobs

December 20, 2013

North Carolina’s Failed Experiment in Cutting Unemployment Benefits

December 23, 2013

2013 Was a Wild Ride for Anyone Who Follows Immigration—and 2014 Will Be Too

December 24, 2013

Detroit’s Deals with Financial Institutions Led to Disaster

December 24, 2013

What We Read Today

December 31, 2013

Listicle: The 13 Best and Worst Economic Policy Ideas of 2013

January 2, 2014

4.5 Million Workers Start the New Year with Higher Pay

January 3, 2014

NAFTA, Twenty Years After: A Disaster

January 3, 2014

The Skills Shortage Myth: A Public Relations Tool for Bad Corporate Citizens

January 7, 2014

African American Poverty: Concentrated and Multi-Generational

January 8, 2014

Inequality Is the Main Cause of Persistent Poverty

January 8, 2014

Markets, Wages, and Fighting Poverty

January 9, 2014

What to Watch on Jobs Day: The Sixth Anniversary of the Great Recession, and What the Seventh Might Look Like

January 9, 2014

Senator Rubio: Wrong Diagnosis, Wrong Policy Prescriptions

January 10, 2014

Fast Track Legislation: Dead On Arrival?

January 10, 2014

A Viper Lurking in the Farm Bill: So-Called Sound Science Provision Carries Anti-Regulatory Poison

January 15, 2014

Six Flags Wants an Exemption From a Minimum Wage Increase

January 15, 2014

Class War: The View From the Board Room

January 15, 2014

No Matter How We Measure Poverty, the Poverty Rate Would Be Much Lower If Economic Growth Were More Broadly Shared

January 16, 2014

Partnership or Putsch?

January 16, 2014

Seth Harris’s Legacy: Lives Saved, Wages Restored, Pensions Secured, and a More Effective U.S. Department of Labor

January 17, 2014

New Analysis of the Labor Market Outcomes of Employment- and Family-Based Immigrants Can Improve Policymaking

January 17, 2014

Recommitting to Dr. King’s Goals Would Help All Working Families

January 22, 2014

The Robots Are Here and More Are Coming: Do Not Blame Them for our Wage or Job Problems

January 23, 2014

Are House Republicans Sore Winners?

January 24, 2014

What to Look for in the State of the Union

January 24, 2014

The Federal Government Shouldn’t Directly Contribute To America’s Job-Quality Problem

January 27, 2014

Life Is Worse In Right-To-Work States

January 27, 2014

The Tight Link Between the Minimum Wage and Wage Inequality

January 28, 2014

Good Eric Schmidt vs. Evil Eric Schmidt

January 29, 2014

Five Years of Lilly Ledbetter and Still More Work Needs To Be Done

January 29, 2014

The President Drills Down to the Core Challenge: Creating Good Jobs and Raising Wages

January 29, 2014

Green Cards for Detroit? Interesting Idea, but Mostly a Distraction

January 29, 2014

Holding Out For a Better Retirement Plan

January 30, 2014

Scratching Just One Level Below Surface, Growth Numbers Look a lot Less Impressive

January 30, 2014

Equal Pay for Women and a Higher Minimum Wage Will Move the Economy Forward

January 30, 2014

Assessing the New Republican “Standards for Immigration Reform”

January 31, 2014

Who Wins From Trade?

January 31, 2014

Raising the Maryland Minimum Wage Will Benefit Nearly Half a Million Workers and Modestly Boost the State’s Economy

February 3, 2014

There Are Plenty of Ways to Cut the Budget. Food Stamps Shouldn’t Be One That Congress Can Agree On.

February 3, 2014

The Overall Employment to Population Ratio: Not the Best Summary Indicator, But Not That Misleading, Either

February 3, 2014

Senators from States with High Long-Term Unemployment Will Decide the Fate of Emergency Unemployment Compensation

February 4, 2014

No, the CBO Did Not Find That the ACA Kills Jobs

February 4, 2014

Latest CBO Report is a Clarion Call for a Growth Agenda

February 5, 2014

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Yes, We Should Still Be Worried About the Labor Force Participation Rate

February 5, 2014

Court of Appeals Hands Victory to U.S. Workers

February 6, 2014

What to Watch on Jobs Day, Part 2: January Is Benchmark Month

February 6, 2014

New Pessimism About Immigration Reform in 2014

February 6, 2014

The Minimum Wage is Effective and Well Targeted

February 7, 2014

The December 2007 Level of Employment is Not a Useful Benchmark

February 7, 2014

My Favorite Measure of Labor Market Health is Looking a Little Better

February 12, 2014

Mobility Needs To Do More Than Stagnate To Indicate U.S. Economy Is Performing for Low- and Moderate-Income Families

February 12, 2014

Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Will Not Lead to Job Loss

February 14, 2014

Increasing the Minimum Wage to $10.10 Will Make Low-Wage Workers and Their Families Better Off

February 14, 2014

Yellen Era Begins With Good Sense and Predictable Pushback

February 17, 2014

Cheers for the Recovery Act on its 5th Birthday, Jeers for the Anti-Recovery Act We’ve (Implicitly) Passed in the Past Three Years

February 18, 2014

Is the Retirement Crisis a Mirage?

February 18, 2014

Our Projected Revenue Problem Only Gets Worse, but the Health Care Problem Gets Better

February 19, 2014

Inequality in the States

February 20, 2014

CBO Report Shows Low-Wage Workers Would Be Better Off With a Minimum Wage of $10.10

February 20, 2014

Chained CPI COLA Cut Out of the President’s Latest Budget: Another Bit of Good News for Social Security

February 21, 2014

Mapping Inequality

February 21, 2014

Want to Lower The Deficit? Forget Sequestration, Keep Slowing Federal Health Care Cost Growth

February 21, 2014

Most of the Decline in Labor Force Participation in the Last Six Years is Cyclical

February 21, 2014

Is the Retirement Crisis a Mirage? (Part 2)

February 24, 2014

The UAW was Right to Appeal the Election Decision in Tennessee

February 24, 2014

Misdirection on Assortative Mating and Income Inequality

February 25, 2014

America Without Unions

February 25, 2014

Detroit’s Bankruptcy Reflects a History of Racism

February 26, 2014

A Strong Precedent for a Better Accountability System

February 26, 2014

NYT Reporters’ Anti-Public Pension Bias Leads to Faulty Conclusions

February 27, 2014

Camp Plan Shows Once Again that Lowering Tax Rates Shouldn’t Be an Economic Priority

March 4, 2014

Elderly Women the Most Vulnerable, Social Security the Most Protective

March 4, 2014

Ending Currency Manipulation Would Substantially Erase State Jobs Deficits

March 4, 2014

The President’s Budget: More Investment in Our Future is Needed

March 6, 2014

What To Watch on Jobs Day: 6.5 Percent Threshold Is Obsolete

March 6, 2014

Fixing the Gender Wage Gap Is a Crucial Step for Women, But Not the Only Step

March 6, 2014

Ending Currency Manipulation—Just Follow the Money

March 7, 2014

Unemployment in February Remains Elevated Across the Board

March 7, 2014

Hillary Clinton Speaks Out For Young Workers

March 10, 2014

Currency Manipulation: The Real Story vs. House of Cards

March 12, 2014

Raise the Pay of Hard-Working Americans with an Update of the Overtime Rules

March 12, 2014

Socioeconomic School Integration Is a Worthy Goal, but Racial Segregation Presents Added Challenges

March 13, 2014

Are We Really on a Rapid Glide-Path to Full Employment?

March 13, 2014

Nondefense Discretionary Spending and the CPC Budget

March 14, 2014

A Glimmer of Sanity on Unemployment Insurance in the Senate—Hopefully It Won’t Be Snuffed out in the House

March 14, 2014

Still Not Ready for Prime Time: Tax Reform and Dynamic Scoring

March 14, 2014

U.S.-Korea Trade Deal Resulted in Growing Trade Deficits and Nearly 60,000 Lost Jobs

March 15, 2014

Current Maryland Minimum Wage Law and Proposed House Version of Reform Have Too Many Loopholes and Exemptions

March 18, 2014

A Progressive Budget that is Decidedly Mainstream

March 19, 2014

J-1 Summer Work Travel Program Still Poorly Regulated

March 27, 2014

The President’s Budget Proposal: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

March 27, 2014

The Lost Decade of Wage Growth for Women

March 28, 2014

Jump Starting Real Wage Growth for Women: Increasing the Minimum Wage and Improving Overtime Laws

March 28, 2014

Supreme Court Is Set To Decide on Home Care Workers’ Right to Organize

March 28, 2014

NLRB Rightly Grants College Athletes Union Membership

March 31, 2014

Romney Economic Advisor Andy Puzder Gets Overtime Pay Law Wrong

April 1, 2014

By Ignoring Economic Reality, Ryan Budget Would Slow Recovery, Cost Jobs

April 1, 2014

How Severe Are the Ryan Budget’s Spending Cuts?

April 2, 2014

Unemployment, Schools, Wages, and the Mythical Skills Gap

April 3, 2014

What To Watch On Jobs Day: Returning to Pre-recession Employment in the Private Sector is Not That Great

April 3, 2014

College Completion: Why Getting Kids in the Door Isn’t Enough

April 3, 2014

Congress Passes Up Yet Another Opportunity to Reconsider Tax Giveaways

April 4, 2014

In March, the Unemployment Rate Masked Some Good News For Once

April 4, 2014

No Signs of a Skill Mismatch in Today’s Jobs Report

April 4, 2014

Certainly No Sign in March of Excessive Wage Growth Which Would Trigger Inflation

April 4, 2014

March Jobs Report Shows Labor Market Still Requires Federal Jobless Aid

April 4, 2014

The State of Black and Brown America

April 4, 2014

Larry Summers, Jeremy Stein, and the Better Off Budget

April 7, 2014

Third Way’s Surprising Retirement Proposal

April 8, 2014

How to Make the Labor Market Work for Women

April 8, 2014

Equal Pay Day: A Reminder that Women (and Men!) Deserve More

April 8, 2014

Equal Pay Transparency

April 9, 2014

As Congress Votes on Budget Proposals, It Is Also Voting on Whether It Understands the Economy

April 9, 2014

Long-Term Unemployment Is Elevated Across All Education, Age, Occupation, Industry, Gender, And Racial And Ethnic Groups

April 9, 2014

The Maryland Minimum Wage Increase Is a Strong Accomplishment, but Not Without Some Failings

April 11, 2014

Something To Keep An Eye On: College Enrollment Has Dropped Substantially Since 2012

April 11, 2014

The Gender Gap on Television

April 15, 2014

Thomas Piketty and Tax Day

April 15, 2014

Thinking About Death and Taxes on April 15

April 17, 2014

A Key Lesson From Piketty: You Can’t Reverse Inequality or Provide Broad-Based Prosperity While Ignoring the Top 1 Percent

April 22, 2014

New BLS Data Show College Enrollment Rates of Recent High School Grads Have Been Dropping Since 2009

April 24, 2014

A Million Veterans Would Benefit from a Minimum Wage Increase

April 28, 2014

Three-Fourths of Job Injuries on Farms Go Unreported

April 28, 2014

Get Rid of Job Killing Tax Extenders; Pay For the Rest

April 29, 2014

Proposed Cuts to Detroit Pensions No Cause for Rejoicing

April 30, 2014

Austerity’s Legacy: GDP is Far Below Potential, and Not Climbing

April 30, 2014

Paul Ryan Still Doesn’t Understand the Scale of the Poverty Problem

May 1, 2014

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Will the Number of Missing Young Workers Decline Again?

May 1, 2014

EPI Stands By the Rigorous Methods and Findings of Its Report on Privately Run Charter Schools and the Rocketship Company

May 2, 2014

Are Today’s Minimum Wage Workers Worth Less?

May 2, 2014

Number of Missing Workers Jumps to All-Time High

May 2, 2014

The African American Labor Force Shows Remarkable Resilience

May 2, 2014

A Decidedly Weird Report

May 5, 2014

No Sign of Labor Shortages in Construction: There are Seven Unemployed Construction Workers for Every Job Opening

May 7, 2014

The President Has This One Exactly Right: Cutting Corporate Taxes Should Not Be a Priority, but Extending Unemployment Insurance Should Be

May 12, 2014

In Memoriam: Lynn Williams

May 15, 2014

California School Board Rejects Rocketship Charter School

May 15, 2014

Wages of Young Female College Grads Are Lower Today Than They Were In 1989

May 16, 2014

The Deep Roots of Skilled Labor Shortages: Anti-Union, Anti-Worker Corporations

May 16, 2014

More Than Half a Million Jobs Are at Risk Due to Unfair Trade in the U.S. Steel Industry

May 19, 2014

In Remembrance of Harry Clay Ballantyne

May 20, 2014

Harris v. Quinn Is About the Right of Home Care Workers to Improve Their Wages

May 21, 2014

Beyond Pre-kindergarten: Evidence and State-Level Action

May 21, 2014

How the Great Society Democratized Our Economy

May 21, 2014

Wage Stagnation among College Graduates and Senator Warren’s Plan to Help

May 22, 2014

Maybe China’s Currency Isn’t Undervalued—Really?

May 23, 2014

Stronger Overtime Rules and Job Creation

May 23, 2014

Don’t Pull the Rug Out from Under PSLF Recipients

May 28, 2014

The Federal Reserve, Full Employment, and Financial Stability

May 29, 2014

Not a Chimera: Global Economic Trends Tend to Have Global Economic Causes

May 31, 2014

Identifying the Channels Through which Regulatory Changes Affect Jobs

June 2, 2014

How Much Should You Be Making?

June 5, 2014

What to Watch on Jobs Day: An All-time High of an Indicator That is Almost Always Rising

June 5, 2014

Statistics that Spin: Foreign Goods to Be Considered U.S. Goods?

June 6, 2014

Women Surpassed Their Pre-recession Employment Peak 9 Months Ago, Men Still Haven’t

June 9, 2014

Most Missing Workers Are Nowhere Near Retirement Age

June 11, 2014

Looking at Segregation Through the Peer Effects Lens

June 13, 2014

If Obama Must Delay Deportation Review, Relief For Unauthorized Immigrants Should Be Bold and Broad

June 17, 2014

Thoughts on the Black Labor Force Participation Rate

June 18, 2014

A Repatriation Holiday to Fund the Highway Trust Fund is Not Only a Bad Idea but a Costly One

June 18, 2014

American Workers Need Overtime Protections

June 24, 2014

Teachers, “Tenure,” Due Process, and Truly Helping Disadvantaged Children

June 26, 2014

What’s at Stake in Harris v. Quinn

June 26, 2014

The Truth Behind Today’s Long-term Unemployment Crisis and Solutions to Address It

June 27, 2014

Tax Gasoline, Save the Highway Trust Fund, and Help the Economy (and the Planet)

June 30, 2014

History Teaches Us We Need Race-Conscious Policies

July 2, 2014

The Court’s Harris v. Quinn Decision Undermines Home Health Care and Further Weakens Collective Bargaining Rights

July 2, 2014

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Five Years Since the Official End of Recession, the Public Sector Jobs Gap Is 1.5 Million

July 3, 2014

The Recovery Turns Five

July 3, 2014

The Recovery Turns Five, Part 2

July 3, 2014

African Americans and Latinos Reap Most of June’s Job Gains

July 8, 2014

What We Read Today: Buffalo Jills Win Against the Bills

July 10, 2014

Anti-Pension Campaigners Use Fuzzy Math and Old Data

July 15, 2014

Commerce Slaps Tariffs on Steel Imports

July 15, 2014

CBO: Don’t Fear the Near-Term Debt Reaper

July 17, 2014

Corporate Inversions Are all about Avoiding Taxes, Congress Should Act Now

July 18, 2014

History Teaches Us to Be Generous in a Refugee Crisis

July 21, 2014

OMB Should Withdraw Proposed Revisions to U.S. Manufacturing and Trade Statistics

July 22, 2014

Corporate Inversions, Tax Rates, Tax Reform, and the GOP

July 25, 2014

Paul Ryan’s New Anti-Poverty Plan: Stumbling onto Some Good Ideas, But Still Lost in the Wilderness

July 25, 2014

Is an Aging Population—or Slow and Unequal Wage Growth—our Biggest Challenge?

July 28, 2014

Congress Takes Steps To Stop Wage Theft By Federal Contractors

July 28, 2014

Can We Have Too Many STEM Workers?

July 28, 2014

Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports Show the Impact of Slowing Health Costs

July 30, 2014

What To Watch On Jobs Day—Have We Really Kicked It Into A Higher Gear?

July 31, 2014

Hope Springs Eternal, But The Data Is Actually Pretty Mixed About Whether Or Not Recovery Is Accelerating

August 1, 2014

Tightening Labor Market Will at Some Point Strengthen Wage Growth, but No Sign of That Today

August 1, 2014

I So Want to See Accelerating Job Growth, and It Is So Not Happening

August 1, 2014

Remember the Last Time the Fed Tightened After a Recession? I Didn’t Either, So…

August 1, 2014

Thinking Like an RA, Jobs Day Edition: What I’ve learned in the last three years

August 4, 2014

A Primer: What’s Going on with Part-time Work?

August 4, 2014

Should Race-Based Affirmative Action be Replaced by Race-Neutral Preferences for Low-Income Students? The Discussion Continues

August 4, 2014

What I Learned as an EPI Intern

August 5, 2014

Another Reminder About the Stupidity of Austerity

August 7, 2014

American Caesar? Not Even Close: The president has the statutory authority he needs to expand deferred action

August 11, 2014

EPI and AEI Agree: Cutting Jobless Benefits Did Not Boost Employment

August 12, 2014

Brad Delong’s Case for NAFTA: Based on Assumptions, Not on Data

August 12, 2014

The Neoliberal Mind at Work: Brad DeLong’s Muddled Defense of NAFTA

August 12, 2014

I Can’t Tolerate the Nonsense on Corporate Tax Reform Any More

August 13, 2014

What’s Lost in the Market Basket Stories

August 13, 2014

The Top 10 Myths About Social Security

August 14, 2014

A Step in the Right Direction: OMB Will Not Implement Plan to Include “Factoryless Goods Producers” In Manufacturing

August 15, 2014

What You Need to Know about the President’s Legal Authority to Expand Deferred Action for Unauthorized Immigrants

August 18, 2014

What’s at Stake If the Fed Prematurely Raises Rates

August 19, 2014

The Fed Should Continue Its Support for a Jobs Recovery

August 22, 2014

Broadening Agreement That Job Polarization Wasn’t Present in the United States In 2000s

August 22, 2014

A Salute to Jim Jeffords, a True Vermont Progressive

August 25, 2014

The Obama Administration Moves to Protect U.S. Steel Industry from Unfair Trade Practices

August 25, 2014

Back to School: A Useful Guide for Parents and Policymakers to Use School Quality Rankings

August 25, 2014

Another Day, Another Corporate Inversion

August 26, 2014

A Brief but Sad History of Selected Corporate Inversions

August 26, 2014

Job Growth in the Great Recession Has Not Been Equal Between Men and Women

August 27, 2014

Wages Have Fallen for Most Americans in 2014

August 27, 2014

The Dog That Didn’t Bark, or, Why Wages at the Bottom of the Distribution Were the Only Ones That Didn’t Fall over the past Year

August 28, 2014

Why Young People Should Care About a Lame Labor Market

August 29, 2014

Labor Day Hope

September 4, 2014

The United States Leads in Low-Wage Work and the Lowest Wages for Low-Wage Workers

September 4, 2014

What to Watch on Jobs Day: It’s No Longer a Jobless Recovery but It’s Undoubtedly a Wage-Growth-Less Recovery

September 5, 2014

Wages Are Growing Far Below the Fed’s Target

September 5, 2014

Slow Job Growth Should Give Us Pause

September 5, 2014

Unemployment Rate Continues To Be Elevated Across the Board

September 8, 2014

Blockbuster Report on Construction Industry Tax and Wage Cheating

September 9, 2014

The Leisure and Hospitality Sector has the Largest Gap between CEO and Worker Pay

September 9, 2014

Here’s Why We Need to Legalize the Undocumented Immigrant Workforce

September 10, 2014

NAM Publishes Bogus Regulatory Cost Estimates

September 11, 2014

NAM’s “Cost of Regulations” Estimate: An Exercise in How Not to Do Convincing Empirics

September 12, 2014

What to Look for in next Week’s Census Income Data: How Long Will It Take to Claw Back Lost Years of Income Growth?

September 16, 2014

Modest Income Growth in 2013 Puts Slight Dent in More than a Decade of Income Losses

September 16, 2014

The Generation-Long Trend Towards Ever-Greater Income Inequality Continues

September 16, 2014

By the Numbers: Income and Poverty, 2013

September 16, 2014

Real Median Household Incomes for all Racial Groups Remain Well Below Their 2007 Levels

September 16, 2014

Poverty Reduction Stalled by Policy, Once Again: Unemployment Insurance Edition

September 18, 2014

The Fed’s Interest Rate Decisions, Census Data on Income and Poverty… and Occupy Wall Street

September 18, 2014

Across the States, Some Modest Improvements, But Incomes are Still Below Where They Were at the Start of the Millenium

September 18, 2014

ACS Data Show Almost No Improvement in State Poverty Rates

September 18, 2014

2013 ACS Shows Depth of Native American Poverty and Different Degrees of Economic Well-Being for Asian Ethnic Groups

September 23, 2014

Now It’s Explicit: Fighting Inflation Is a War to Ensure That Real Wages for the Vast Majority Never Grow

September 25, 2014

LA Hotel Workers Win $15.37 Minimum Wage: a New Day for Labor in the United States?

September 30, 2014

What’s Up (or Down) With the Boomers’ Retirement Savings?!

October 2, 2014

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Nominal Wages, Teacher Gap, and Upward Revisions

October 2, 2014

Myths and Facts about Corporate Taxes, Part 1: Do American Corporations Pay the Highest Taxes in the World?

October 3, 2014

Walton Family Net Worth is a Case Study Why Growing Wealth Concentration Isn’t Just an Academic Worry

October 3, 2014

Wage Growth Continues to be Sluggish

October 3, 2014

The Unemployment Rate Fails to Take into Account Missing Workers

October 3, 2014

Strong Jobs Numbers for Teachers in September, but Large Jobs Gap Remains

October 3, 2014

How Do U.S. Retirees Compare with Those in Other Countries?

October 7, 2014

Job Openings Are Up, but the Hires Rate Is Down

October 7, 2014

Job Seekers Outnumber Jobs by 2-to-1

October 7, 2014

Labor Market Weakness Is Still not due to Workers Lacking the Right Skills

October 7, 2014

The Ridiculousness of a “Liberal Endgame” on Fiscal Policy

October 8, 2014

Why is the Obama Administration on the Wrong Side of a Wage and Hour Case?

October 8, 2014

Is Corporate America Going to the Poorhouse?

October 8, 2014

Post-recession Decline in Black Women’s Wages is Consistent with Occupational Downgrading

October 10, 2014

New Website Contratados.org Brings Transparency Where It’s Lacking: The International Labor Recruitment Industry

October 13, 2014

Another Measure of the Staggering Wage Gaps in the United States: Comparing Walton Family Wealth to Typical Households by Race and Ethnicity

October 15, 2014

What Led Us to the Troubles in Ferguson?

October 15, 2014

Adjective Quibble: The Long-Term Unemployment Rate is NOT “Sticky” or “Stubborn”

October 16, 2014

Jack Lew Sees No Evil: Treasury Fails To Name China as a Currency Manipulator for the 12th Time

October 16, 2014

Right Thing for Wrong Reason? Why Recent Stock Declines Should Not Motivate Fed Interest Rate Moves

October 20, 2014

Businesses Agree—It’s Time To Raise the Minimum Wage

October 23, 2014

Chair Yellen Is Right: Income and Wealth Inequality Hurts Economic Mobility

October 23, 2014

Corporations Are Stealing Your Constitutional Rights: Forced Arbitration Clauses

October 24, 2014

Myths and Facts About Corporate Taxes, Part 2: Will Congress’s Idea of “Base-Broadening, Rate-Lowering Tax Reform” Fix What’s Wrong With Our Corporate Tax Code?

October 24, 2014

The Top 1 Percent of Wage Earners Falters in 2013—Was it a Temporary Event?

October 28, 2014

High-income Households Pay a Large Share of US Taxes—But This Doesn’t Make Our Tax System Progressive

October 29, 2014

Myths and Facts About Corporate Taxes, Part 3: Are American Companies’ Profits Trapped Overseas?

October 31, 2014

Yes, GDP Is Up. But the Recovery Hasn’t Broken Through.

October 31, 2014

Who Among African Americans is Counted in the Labor Market and in the Voting Booth?

October 31, 2014

New Wages and Salaries Data from the Employment Cost Index Show Yet Again It’s Not Quite Time To Declare Mission Accomplished  

November 3, 2014

Myths and Facts About Corporate Taxes, Part 4: Should We Just Scrap the Corporate Tax Code?

November 5, 2014

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Nominal Hourly Earnings

November 7, 2014

Economy Adds Jobs but We Need to Raise America’s Pay

November 7, 2014

Sluggish Wage Growth Not Surprising Given the Slack in the Labor Market

November 7, 2014

Keep the Jobs Coming! People of Color Have Actually Benefited More from Job Growth This Year

November 7, 2014

Jobs Growth Far from Strong: It Will Be 2018 Before the Economy Looks like 2007

November 10, 2014

Here We Go Again: The Polluters and Poisoners Gear Up for the Next Congress

November 12, 2014

Little-Known Temporary Visas for Foreign Tech Workers Depress Wages

November 12, 2014

Education Policy is Civil Rights Policy

November 12, 2014

Is Even EPI Too Cautious on Wage Growth? Goldman Sachs Seems to Think So

November 13, 2014

Information Technology Agreement is Another Job Killer

November 13, 2014

What Getting Serious About Wages Doesn’t Look Like: Bipartisan “Tax Reform” and Trade Deals

November 13, 2014

Jobs Seekers Ratio Holds Steady at 2-To-1

November 13, 2014

Jobs Openings are Down, but the Quits Rate is Up

November 13, 2014

The Number of Unemployed Exceeds the Number of Available Jobs Across All Sectors

November 14, 2014

Parsing the Skills Gap in Job Openings and Hires Data

November 16, 2014

The Stakes are High at the Fed

November 17, 2014

Washington Post “Wage Freeze” Brain Freeze

November 18, 2014

The Fortunes of the Top 1 Percent

November 19, 2014

Fair Work Scheduling: Real Solutions and Phony Ones

November 20, 2014

President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Will Improve the Wages and Working Conditions of Unauthorized Immigrants and U.S.-Born Workers Alike

November 20, 2014

Why Tax Cuts Aren’t the Answer to Wage Problems

November 20, 2014

The President’s Actions on Immigration Will Make America Better

November 21, 2014

Amazing Black Friday Deals, Brought to You by the American Taxpayer

November 21, 2014

CPI Shows Real Wages Continue to be Flat

November 25, 2014

Another Holiday Tradition: Arguing Economics at the Dinner Table

November 25, 2014

Extending Bad Fiscal Policy with Tax Extenders

December 3, 2014

Adding Good Tax Cuts to Bad Doesn’t Make Tax Extenders a Good Deal

December 4, 2014

Apple and Camp Bow Wow: Sharing Strategies to Keep Wages Low

December 4, 2014

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Unveiling a New Nominal Wage Tracker

December 4, 2014

It Is Indeed Morally Odious to Put Millions of Americans Through Harrowing Pain for Political Advantage

December 5, 2014

Even At 321,000 Jobs a Month, It Will Be Nearly Two Years Before the Economy Looks Like 2007

December 5, 2014

Nominal Wages Continue to Indicate How Far the Economy is from Full Recovery

December 8, 2014

Growing Trans-Pacific Trade Deficits Set the Stage for Growing Trade-Related Job Displacement

December 9, 2014

A Victory for U.S. and Migrant Workers

December 9, 2014

JOLTS Report Mostly on Trend: Jobs-Seekers-To-Job-Openings Ratio Falls Below 2.0 for the First Time Since the Great Recession

December 9, 2014

Little Change in the Job Openings Data for October 2014

December 9, 2014

Still No Skills Mismatch in the Economy: The Number of Unemployed Exceeds the Number of Available Jobs Across All Sectors

December 10, 2014

Congress Again Rewards Tax Dodgers with a Tax Cut

December 11, 2014

Recovery Is Nowhere Near Accomplished, and the Fed Shouldn’t Tighten Policy Until It Is

December 15, 2014

New Trade Agreements will Take Center Stage in 2015. So Will Bad Arguments Made on their Behalf.

December 15, 2014

The Fed’s Language May Change This Week—Let’s Hope It Doesn’t Signal Interest Rates Going up Sooner

December 17, 2014

Even with Recent Low Inflation, Real Wages Continue to Stagnate

December 18, 2014

20 States Raise Their Minimum Wages While the Federal Minimum Continues to Erode

December 22, 2014

There Should Be Overtime Protection—and Pay—For Anyone Paid Less Than $51,000 a Year

December 23, 2014

Five Things We Could Change if the Real World Worked More like the Fictional World of Annie

December 23, 2014

The Economy Really is Doing a Bit Better—So Let’s Not Ruin It

December 29, 2014

The President Set a Goal of Doubling Exports by 2014—Why Haven’t We?

January 7, 2015

Agribusiness Reveals its Dislike of Deferred Action for Unauthorized Immigrants

January 8, 2015

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Looking Back on 2014

January 9, 2015

December Caps of a Year of Strong Job Growth but Stagnant Wages

January 9, 2015

At an Average of 246,000 Jobs a Month in 2014, It Will Be the Summer of 2017 Before We Return to Pre-recession Labor Market Health

January 9, 2015

Little Sign of a Tightening Labor Market

January 9, 2015

Will the Supreme Court Annihilate One of the Most Effective Tools for Battling Racial Segregation in Housing?

January 9, 2015

Single-Digit Black Unemployment May Not be So Far Away

January 13, 2015

Job-Seekers-to-Job-Openings Ratio Continues its Downward Trend in November

January 13, 2015

Little Change in Hires, Quits, or Layoffs in November 2014

January 13, 2015

Still No Sign of a Skills Mismatch—Unemployment is Elevated Across the Board

January 15, 2015

How to Increase Revenue Without Increasing Taxes

January 16, 2015

White House Breaks Silence on Disability Rule

January 16, 2015

Average Real Hourly Wage Growth in 2014 Was No Better Than 2013

January 16, 2015

Paid Leave is Vital to Families’ Economic Security

January 19, 2015

What I Want to Hear in the State of the Union Address

January 20, 2015

The President’s Twofer

January 20, 2015

Trade Agreements or Boosting Wages? We Can’t Do Both

January 27, 2015

New Data Show Top 1 Percent Really are Different from You and Me

January 29, 2015

Congress, Consider the Facts not Fiction before Voting to Repeal the Medical Device Tax

January 30, 2015

Sluggish Wage Growth Continues Throughout 2014

February 2, 2015

A Great Idea: End the Sequester

February 3, 2015

TPP and Provisions to Stop Currency Management: Not That Hard

February 3, 2015

Ideas Good and Not so Good: Infrastructure Investment and Corporate Taxes

February 3, 2015

Obama’s Budget: Mostly a Political Document, and That’s Just Fine

February 5, 2015

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Signs of a Tightening Labor Market?

February 6, 2015

Nominal Wage Growth Still Far Below Target

February 6, 2015

Much Stronger Job Growth is Needed If We’re Going to See a Healthy Economy Any Time Soon

February 6, 2015

Increasing Labor Force Participation Leads to Fewer Missing Workers

February 10, 2015

Job Openings Were Stronger in 2014 than 2013 or 2012, but We Have Still Not Fully Recovered

February 10, 2015

Layoffs and Quits Hold Steady in December

February 10, 2015

The Unemployed Exceed Job Openings in Almost Every Industry

February 10, 2015

Congress and President Obama Cannot Sit Idly By While Companies Use H-1B Guestworkers to Replace American Workers

February 11, 2015

Less Than Half the Truth: Jobs and Wages in Export Industries

February 13, 2015

A Milestone Week for Apple’s Stock, but Not its Workers

February 13, 2015

Wage Theft by Employers is Costing U.S. Workers Billions of Dollars a Year

February 17, 2015

An Open Letter to Sec. of Labor Tom Perez

February 19, 2015

New Data Show How Firms Like Infosys and Tata Abuse the H-1B Program

February 20, 2015

Designed to Deceive: President’s Economic Report on Trade and Globalization

February 20, 2015

A Glimmer of Positive News: Wages Rose for Bottom 10 Percent (Unlike for Everybody Else)

February 20, 2015

Wages Stagnated or Fell Across the Board in 2014—With One Notable Exception

February 20, 2015

Obama Has Options on Immigration: Litigation Will Delay Executive Actions, But Won’t Stop Them

February 26, 2015

Don’t Be Fooled by the Rise in Real Wages in January

March 2, 2015

New Data Add Fuel to Arguments Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership

March 2, 2015

Right-To-Work Laws: Designed To Hurt Unions and Lower Wages

March 3, 2015

Business Roundtable Study Fails the Laugh Test: The U.S. Trade Deficit has Cost Millions of U.S. Jobs

March 3, 2015

California’s Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Law Reduced Nurse Injuries by More Than 30 Percent

March 4, 2015

The Fed’s “Hammer” Can Be Used to Great Effect to Improve Prospects for Minority Workers

March 5, 2015

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Wages and the Labor Force

March 6, 2015

When Can We Be Sure Labor Force Participation Is Healthy Again?

March 6, 2015

Not a Puzzle—Wages Growth is Sluggish Because Employers Hold All the Cards

March 6, 2015

Business Pushes for Delay, Litigation, and One-Sided Access in Union Elections

March 10, 2015

Moving Towards a Tighter Labor Market, But We Are Not There Yet

March 10, 2015

Hires and Quits Rates Remain Depressed

March 10, 2015

There Are Nearly Six Unemployed Construction Workers for Every Construction Job Opening

March 12, 2015

We Shouldn’t Accept the Unacceptable on Wage Growth

March 12, 2015

By Saving Billions in Retiree Health and Pension Benefits, Auto Bailouts Were an Even Bigger Success Than Acknowledged

March 16, 2015

Cutting Unemployment Insurance Hurts Jobless Workers and Our Economy

March 17, 2015

Wages Are Lower in States With These Laws

March 17, 2015

What’s Wrong with the TPP? This deal will lead to more job loss and downward pressures on the wages of most working Americans

March 19, 2015

Luckily, the Fed Still Seems Patient, if Not “Patient”

March 19, 2015

Austerity as a Hazard to Health: Economic and Otherwise

March 20, 2015

The Senate GOP Budget Looks Good Relative to the House GOP Budget, But Not Relative to Much Else

March 20, 2015

Senate Committee Debates Whether to Allow H-1B Guestworkers to Replace U.S. IT Workers

March 24, 2015

Stark Choices: “People’s Budget” vs. Republican Plan

March 27, 2015

No, Post-NAFTA Trade Agreements Are Not Why the US Trade Deficit Improved After the Mid-2000s

March 30, 2015

Should We Force Integration on Those Who Don’t Want It?, and Other Commonplace Questions about Race Relations

March 30, 2015

U.S.-Korea Trade Deal Resulted in Growing Trade Deficits and More Than 75,000 Lost U.S. Jobs

April 1, 2015

No, We’re Not There Yet!: Why Full Employment is a Better Destination than Full Recovery

April 2, 2015

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Weather-Related Revisions, Thoughts on Austerity, Missing Workers, and Nominal Wages

April 2, 2015

The National Retail Federation Hates the Proposed Overtime Rules (Even Though No One Knows What They Are)

April 3, 2015

The Economy Continues to Pay the Price for Austerity

April 3, 2015

Taking the Fall in Atlanta

April 3, 2015

Method Revisions for the Missing Workers Indicator

April 3, 2015

Total Jobs Sputter in March While Wages Continue to Sing the Same Slow Song

April 6, 2015

H-1B Proponents Hide Abuses Behind Phony Claims

April 7, 2015

Another Month, Same Story: Job Openings Data Little Changed in February

April 7, 2015

The Quits Rate Exemplifies a Far From Strong Economy

April 7, 2015

No Worker Shortages, but Some Sectors Show Improved Opportunities

April 8, 2015

Misleading Math on the Korea Free Trade Agreement

April 9, 2015

10 Senators Join in Bipartisan Call to Investigate H-1B Abuse

April 9, 2015

No Surprise, the Money is Not Rolling in from 401(k)s and IRAs

April 10, 2015

The Opportunity Dodge

April 13, 2015

Fast Track to Lost Jobs and Lower Wages

April 14, 2015

Equal Pay Day: Minding the (Gender Wage) Gap

April 15, 2015

Just Say No to the Estate Tax Repeal

April 22, 2015

No, the TPP Won’t Be Good for the Middle Class

April 22, 2015

New Study Confirms that Right-To-Work Laws Are Associated with Significantly Lower Wages

April 23, 2015

Hatch and Ryan: Chasing Mice and Ignoring the Elephants

April 24, 2015

Sluggish Wage Growth Over the Last Year Is Not Due to the Mix of Jobs Being Created

April 28, 2015

Just the Facts: Trade and Investment Deals Are Bad for Working Families

April 28, 2015

Workers Memorial Day: We Need Strong Workplace Safety and Health Protections

April 29, 2015

Stagnant GDP at the Start of 2015 is the Latest Evidence That the Economy Hasn’t Reached Escape Velocity

April 29, 2015

From Ferguson to Baltimore: The Fruits of Government-Sponsored Segregation

April 30, 2015

Skepticism About Trade Deals is Warranted

May 4, 2015

EPI Applauds the Issuance of Two New Rules Implementing the H-2B Visa Program

May 4, 2015

Minimum Wage Increase Hits the Bulls’ Eye

May 5, 2015

CEA Report Is Simply Not That Relevant to Current Trade Policy Debates

May 6, 2015

A $12 Minimum Wage Would Bring the United States in Line with International Peers

May 6, 2015

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Looking for a Pickup in Job Growth, Signs of Wage Growth, and a Glimpse at the Future for the Graduating Class of 2015

May 7, 2015

Indiana Politicians Act to Drive Down Constituents’ Wages

May 8, 2015

Summing Up the Data on Jobs and Wages

May 8, 2015

A $12 Minimum Wage Would Give More Than One in Four Working Moms a Raise

May 8, 2015

Today’s Jobs Data More Evidence That Currency Manipulation Is Not a Problem That’s Behind Us

May 8, 2015

Black Unemployment Rate Falls to Single Digits in April as Black Men Catch Up to Black Women

May 11, 2015

TPP: Obama’s Folly

May 12, 2015

JOLTS Data Suggest a Sideways-Moving Economy

May 13, 2015

The Policy Failures Exposed by the New York Times’ Nail Salon Investigation

May 14, 2015

Job Prospects Have Improved for Graduates, but the Class of 2015 Still Faces a Challenging Labor Market

May 15, 2015

The TPP Debate: Never Real and No Longer Polite

May 15, 2015

Growing Consensus that Labor Market Slack Remains: The Fed Should Stay the Course and Wait to Increase Rates Until the Weakness Has Lessened Substantially

May 18, 2015

H-1B Visas Do Not Create Jobs or Improve Conditions for U.S. Workers

May 18, 2015

More Notes on the Gains From Trade and Who Gets Them

May 20, 2015

Don’t Blame the Poor for the Faults of Our Economy

May 22, 2015

Head Start’s 50th Anniversary

May 28, 2015

Millennials Aren’t Lazy: Millennials Aren’t Working Because the Economy Isn’t Either

May 28, 2015

Yes, Trade Deficits Do Indeed Matter for Jobs

May 29, 2015

Strong Wage Growth Would Complement the Safety Net in Reducing Poverty

June 2, 2015

New Research Does Not Provide Any Reason to Doubt that CEO Pay Fueled Top 1% Income Growth

June 4, 2015

What to Watch on Jobs Day: What’s at Stake at the Upcoming FOMC Meeting and the Outlook for Young Workers

June 4, 2015

Don’t Forget about High School Grads

June 5, 2015

Yes, the Employment Report Was Decent. But No, The Labor Market Isn’t Strong.

June 5, 2015

More Hope about the Labor Market Can Lead to a Higher Unemployment Rate

June 5, 2015

Don’t Pop the Champagne Corks Yet: Putting Year-over-Year Hourly Earnings Growth in Perspective

June 5, 2015

Et Tu, Mickey Mouse? Disney Pads Record Profits by Replacing U.S. Workers with Cheaper H-1B Guestworkers

June 8, 2015

What Can the TPP Offer Canada? Not Much.

June 8, 2015

On Substance, Martin O’Malley Was Right About American Wages: Don’t Let Nitpicks Convince You That There Is Not A Crisis in American Pay

June 8, 2015

Young Black High School Grads Face Astonishing Underemployment

June 9, 2015

Job Openings Rise as the Hires and Quits Rates Remain Stubborn

June 10, 2015

Pension Politics in Pennsylvania

June 10, 2015

The Politics of Fast Track: Exports, Imports and Jobs

June 11, 2015

TiSA: A Secret Trade Agreement That Will Usurp America’s Authority to Make Immigration Policy

June 13, 2015

TPP Panic: Playing the China Card

June 16, 2015

National Retail Federation Report Suggests Huge Positive Impact for Labor Department Overtime Rules

June 16, 2015

Hatch Should Fix H-1B Visa Program Instead of Expand It

June 16, 2015

The True Cost of Low Prices is Exploited Workers

June 18, 2015

Disney Reverses 35 Layoffs, but No Fairytale Ending for Thousands of Others Displaced by H-1B Visa Program

June 18, 2015

Former Labor Secretaries and EPI Board Members F. Ray Marshall and Robert Reich oppose TPA and TPP

June 22, 2015

Top CEO Compensation Soars, and Why We Do Not Look at “Average CEOs”

June 23, 2015

Hall of Shame: 13 Democrats Who Voted to End Debate on Fast-Track Trade Legislation

June 24, 2015

Time to End the Vicious Cycle of Inequality Begetting Unequal Education

June 26, 2015

Refugees Deserve Support in America, Not Just a Home

June 26, 2015

An Updated Analysis of Who Would Benefit from an Increased Overtime Salary Threshold

June 29, 2015

Are Disability Rates Increasing?

June 30, 2015

What the New Proposed Overtime Rules Mean for Workers

June 30, 2015

Majority of Workers Who Will Benefit from Updated Overtime Rules are Women

July 1, 2015

What to Watch on Jobs Day: The Coast is in Sight, but We’re Still Navigating the High Seas

July 1, 2015

Are Disability Benefits Becoming More Generous?

July 2, 2015

As Summer Jobs Season Begins, Teens Make Headway for the First Time Since 2012

July 2, 2015

The Drop in the Unemployment Rate Is Not a Sign the Tides are Turning

July 2, 2015

Paltry Wage Growth in June Is Another Sign the Economy Is Only Sputtering Along

July 2, 2015

Public Sector Employment Is Stuck in the Doldrums

July 3, 2015

How Overtime Rules Could Help the Middle Class

July 4, 2015

Professor Hubbard’s Claim about Wage and Compensation Stagnation Is Not True

July 6, 2015

Supreme Court: Fair Housing Act Bars Policies that Segregate, even if Segregation is not Intentional

July 7, 2015

The Game Is Rigged Against Hardworking Americans

July 8, 2015

Do Disability Benefits Reduce Work Effort?

July 13, 2015

Clinton Speech Confirms That Presidential Campaigns Will Focus on Wage Stagnation

July 15, 2015

Does Disability Insurance Reduce Labor Force Participation?

July 20, 2015

Do Disability Trends Reflect a Liberalization of the Program’s Medical Criteria? 

July 29, 2015

Inequality is Central to the Productivity-Pay Gap

July 30, 2015

Summing up Today’s GDP Data Release

August 4, 2015

Risk Shift and the Gig Economy

August 6, 2015

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Preparing for September’s Fed Meeting

August 6, 2015

Exploring EPI’s Minimum Wage Tracker

August 6, 2015

Paid Sick Leave is a Win for Workers and the Economy

August 7, 2015

Prime-Age Employment-to-Population Ratio Remains Terribly Depressed

August 7, 2015

Slow Wage Growth is Certainly Not a Sign of the “Some Further Improvement” Needed for the Fed to Raise Rates

August 11, 2015

On Immigration, Bernie Sanders is Correct

August 12, 2015

Job Openings Data Suggest the Economy is Chugging Along, Albeit Slowly

August 12, 2015

By Devaluing Its Currency, China Exports Its Unemployment

August 14, 2015

Social Security at 80: Built to Last

August 14, 2015

Four Pinocchios for the Washington Post Fact Checker

August 17, 2015

Congress Must Act to Save the 190,000 to 640,000 U.S. Jobs at Risk Due to Chinese Currency Devaluation

August 17, 2015

Breaking News: The Rich Discover Inequality

August 19, 2015

Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations, U.S. Growth Version

August 21, 2015

Why Nonprofits Shouldn’t Fret Over the New Proposed Overtime Rules

August 24, 2015

How Worried Should We Be About the Stock Market’s Recent Declines?

August 26, 2015

Why Recent Stock Volatility Shouldn’t Factor Into Interest-Rate Hikes

August 27, 2015

Victory for Home Care Workers Bodes Well for Overtime Rule

August 28, 2015

Walgreens’s ‘No Overtime’ Rule: Why I Support Raising the Overtime Threshold

September 1, 2015

NLRB Decision in Browning-Ferris Restores Employer Accountability for Wages and Working Conditions

September 3, 2015

What to Watch on Jobs Day: The Economy Needs to Simmer for a While, Not Cool Off

September 3, 2015

Netflix’s Paid Parental Leave Policy Reflects a Sad Reality Facing Working Families

September 4, 2015

Why a Pro-Worker Agenda is an Anti-Poverty Agenda

September 4, 2015

The Bottom Line of this Jobs Report: The Fed Should Hold the Line and Let the Economy Continue to Recover

September 4, 2015

African American Youth Experienced the Largest Boost in Summer Labor Force Participation and Employment

September 8, 2015

Fisher II—Could a Surprise be in Store?

September 8, 2015

Will Republicans Cut Budgets for Worker Safety, Pension Protection, and Wage and Hour Enforcement?

September 9, 2015

JOLTS Report is Evidence of an Economy Moving Sideways

September 10, 2015

H-2B Wage Rule Loophole Lets Employers Exploit Migrant Workers

September 11, 2015

There’s More to Economic Security than the Official Poverty Measure

September 14, 2015

What to Watch in the Census Poverty and Income Data

September 16, 2015

Income Stagnation in 2014 Shows the Economy Is Not Working for Most Families

September 16, 2015

By the Numbers: Income and Poverty, 2014

September 16, 2015

New Census Data Show No Progress in Closing Stubborn Racial Income Gaps

September 16, 2015

The Real Stakes for This Week’s Fed Decision on Interest Rates

September 17, 2015

Wrong Question Answered Badly: Industry Data Can’t Be Used To Infer Individuals’ Productivity

September 17, 2015

Poverty Day Numbers Show the Need for Higher Wages

September 18, 2015

Workers 65 and Older Are 3 Times as Likely to Die From an On-the-Job Injury as the Average Worker

September 18, 2015

State-Level Data Show Incomes Continue to Stagnate in Households Across the Map

September 18, 2015

In Virtually Every State, the Poverty Rate is Still Higher than Before the Recession

September 22, 2015

Pope Francis reminds us that our economic systems should reflect our moral values

September 24, 2015

Disability and Employment Revisited

September 30, 2015

The Case Against Raising Interest Rates Before Wage Growth Picks Up

September 30, 2015

New Scandals Revealed by the New York Times: How the H-1B Visa is Used to Ship American Jobs Overseas

September 30, 2015

What to Watch on Jobs Day: The Teacher Gap, Wages, and Prime-age EPOP

October 2, 2015

Disappointing Jobs Numbers and Not Enough Teachers

October 5, 2015

Tax on expensive health insurance plans could cut care along with costs

October 7, 2015

Human resources group shoots at Obama overtime rule but misses

October 7, 2015

ACA excise tax on expensive health plans is an unambiguous pay cut

October 9, 2015

Failure to stem dollar appreciation has put manufacturing recovery in reverse

October 9, 2015

Urban Outfitters gets into the holiday spirit by asking its employees to work for free

October 16, 2015

More of the same: JOLTS is continued evidence of a slow moving economy

October 19, 2015

Pennsylvania’s upcoming budget decision highlights the choice facing states across the country

October 22, 2015

The Republican Study Committee wants to ratchet austerity up well past the sequester

October 28, 2015

Does the budget deal include benefit cuts?

October 28, 2015

Disney H-1B Scandal in Spotlight Again: Meet The American Workers Whose Jobs and Careers Were Destroyed by the H-1B Program

October 30, 2015

Disappointing NAEP scores and the questions they raise

November 2, 2015

Forced binding arbitration robs workers and consumers of basic rights

November 3, 2015

Wages for top earners soared in 2014: Fly top 0.1 percent, fly

November 3, 2015

Brookings paper on the Postal Service gets the facts wrong

November 5, 2015

What to watch on Jobs Day: Job growth has only been fast enough to keep up with population growth

November 5, 2015

Where can we find hope for our schools?

November 6, 2015

Looking beyond the topline employment number: Public-sector jobs remain depressed

November 6, 2015

The National Association of Home Builders’ evidence supports DOL’s proposed rule on overtime

November 12, 2015

Hiring lags as economy slows over the summer

November 16, 2015

Bad tax or no tax? The ACA excise tax debate, continued

November 18, 2015

Closing the pay gap and beyond: A brief explanation of the motivation behind EPI’s Women’s Economic Agenda

November 19, 2015

Reauthorizing ESEA: a first step in returning education to its roots

November 19, 2015

Remarks by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro at the unveiling of EPI’s Women’s Economic Agenda

November 20, 2015

Closing loopholes in Buy American Act could create up to 100,000 U.S. jobs

November 24, 2015

Updating an annual tradition: Arguing economics at the dinner table

December 1, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security’s proposed STEM OPT extension fails to protect foreign students and American workers

December 3, 2015

What to watch on Jobs Day: The call for a rate increase is not backed up by wage data

December 4, 2015

December Interest Rate Increase: Will the Fed Raise Rates vs. Should It

December 8, 2015

The labor market still recovering: We should let it

December 8, 2015

Republicans and some Democrats defend financial advice that’s not worth getting

December 15, 2015

Remarks by Josh Bivens on why it is too soon for the Fed to slow the economy

December 15, 2015

States and districts must fulfill the promise of more equity in education offered by new education law

December 15, 2015

No evidence of labor shortages but Congress considering giving H-2B employers access to more exploitable and underpaid guestworkers

December 16, 2015

Labor Department’s common sense fiduciary rule survives the House of Representatives

December 17, 2015

Sen. Mikulski wrecks labor standards in H-2B guestworker program

December 21, 2015

The worst part of the Fed’s rate increase? It wasn’t data-driven

January 7, 2016

What to Watch on Jobs Day: A 2015 Wrap Up

January 8, 2016

Recovery is still in full swing for African American workers

January 8, 2016

The labor market is still moving in the right direction, but has a ways to go before reaching full employment

January 8, 2016

An honest discussion of how to reduce poverty: strengthen the safety net and raise wages across the board

January 11, 2016

National Association of Manufacturers’ criticisms of the Obama overtime proposal all miss their mark

January 12, 2016

The road to full employment is long, but we are moving in the right direction

January 12, 2016

Friedrichs case threatens to push down wages for workers beyond the public sector

January 14, 2016

An annotated reading of Obama’s flawed framing of wage and income problems in the SOTU

January 21, 2016

The lead crisis in Flint will affect the city for years to come

January 21, 2016

14 states raised their minimum wage at the beginning of 2016, lifting the wages of more than 4.6 million working people

January 26, 2016

The Lilly Ledbetter Act is part of a more ambitious women’s economic agenda

January 28, 2016

The Obama administration pushes for a better response to unemployment

January 28, 2016

The labor rights of four million migrants hang in the balance at the Supreme Court

January 29, 2016

NPR report reveals the real reason why agricultural employers prefer guestworkers

February 4, 2016

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Will we finally reach full employment in 2016?

February 5, 2016

Should we care about slow nominal wage growth when price inflation is slow? YES.

February 5, 2016

Despite seemingly stable U.S. trade balance, rapidly growing trade deficits in non-oil goods could lead to American job losses 

February 9, 2016

When quitting is a good thing

February 10, 2016

The Fed shouldn’t accept the “new normal” without a fight

February 10, 2016

Workers, and honest employers, need a strong OSHA

February 11, 2016

Republicans (and two Democrats) in Congress want to derail commonsense protections for workers

February 18, 2016

How we can save $17 billion in public assistance—annually

February 26, 2016

Inflation makes proposed minimum wage increases more modest than they appear

March 2, 2016

What to watch on Jobs Day: No evidence for another rate hike

March 4, 2016

Durbin and Sessions agree H-1B guestworker program must be fixed to protect migrant and American tech workers

March 10, 2016

The fastest growth in wage inequality between men happened in 2015

March 15, 2016

Introducing the People’s Budget

March 16, 2016

Fed should keep rates steady to keep targets from turning into ceilings

March 16, 2016

New legislation could help end wage theft epidemic

March 17, 2016

Some good news and some bad news in today’s JOLTS report

March 17, 2016

The president could create 100,000 jobs for young Americans by ending J-1 Summer Work Travel

March 17, 2016

House Republicans cling to false promise of austerity in their budget resolution

March 22, 2016

What second graders can teach us about inequality

March 24, 2016

The long-awaited silica rule is a step forward for workers

March 30, 2016

Are employee contributions essential to unemployment insurance?

March 31, 2016

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Signs of more workers returning to the economy and increases in their wages

April 1, 2016

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team shows us just how much is at stake in the gender wage gap

April 1, 2016

California and New York’s bold $15 minimum wage proposals are exactly what we need

April 5, 2016

We need to keep translating job openings into hires to reach full employment

April 5, 2016

Treasury acts to curb inversions

April 6, 2016

The first of a wave of junk economic reports about the new overtime rule has washed ashore

April 6, 2016

Commonsense rule to protect investors from conflicted advice survives industry onslaught

April 7, 2016

Putting things in perspective: Bernie Sanders, trade, and poor countries’ access to U.S. markets

April 7, 2016

Trump’s debt proposal is a mix of conventional and unconventional stupidity

April 12, 2016

Wisconsin’s so-called right to work law has been ruled unconstitutional

April 14, 2016

Verizon shows us why strikes—and unions—matter for working people

April 14, 2016

TIME runs incoherent rant on U.S. debt as cover story

April 14, 2016

On renaming the Woodrow Wilson School: The standards of his time, and ours

April 18, 2016

Paul Ryan failed to pass a Republican budget resolution—but that’s good news

April 18, 2016

U.S. trade policy: Populist anger or out-of-touch elites?

April 19, 2016

It’s not a puzzle if American workers oppose trade agreements

April 20, 2016

New legislation would bring transparency to America’s immigration system and help fight human trafficking

April 20, 2016

Clarification on trade and American workers: right criticism, poorly targeted

April 20, 2016

Universities, inequality, and the overtime rule

April 21, 2016

By failing to eliminate the tipped minimum wage, D.C. Mayor Bowser continues a legacy of inequality

April 26, 2016

Tired of economists’ misdirection on globalization

April 26, 2016

How bad are Trump’s policy instincts? He’s taking tax advice from Kansas governor Sam Brownback

April 28, 2016

Workers’ Memorial Day

April 29, 2016

Restoring overtime will benefit millions of working people

April 29, 2016

Weak productivity can be improved by full employment

May 3, 2016

College degrees are not the solution to stagnating wages or inequality

May 4, 2016

ANCOR vastly overstates the impact of the overtime rule on community service providers

May 4, 2016

What to watch on Jobs Day: Wages, wages, and more wages

May 5, 2016

U.S.-Korea trade deal resulted in growing trade deficits and more than 95,000 lost U.S. jobs

May 5, 2016

The White House attacks the spread of abusive non-compete agreements

May 6, 2016

A disappointing jobs report overall

May 9, 2016

Housing segregation undergirds the nation’s racial inequities

May 10, 2016

Hires need to pick up to eat away at the weak employment-to-population ratio

May 12, 2016

Explaining to Kevin Drum why we’re not happy about young high school grads’ recovery, and why he shouldn’t be either

May 13, 2016

Trump’s official tax plan blatantly contradicts his populist rhetoric

May 17, 2016

What will an updated overtime rule mean for millions of workers?

May 19, 2016

ITC study shows minimal benefits and downplays potentially high costs of Trans-Pacific Partnership

May 20, 2016

As talk grows of a June interest rate increase, where’s the data to support it?

May 20, 2016

How one Missouri school district took on poverty (and a tornado)

May 20, 2016

Explaining the differences between EPI and DOL estimates of workers affected by the new overtime salary threshold

May 23, 2016

Arguments that better overtime pay protection means less flexibility are untrue

May 23, 2016

GAO report on segregation misses the bigger picture

May 24, 2016

Uber and arbitration: A lethal combination

May 25, 2016

Universities oppose paying their postdocs overtime, but will pay football coaches millions of dollars

May 26, 2016

Larry Summers, the Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget, and the abandonment of fiscal policy

May 26, 2016

Fixing overtime won’t increase underemployment

June 1, 2016

The overtime rule is the beginning of a much-needed cultural shift

June 1, 2016

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Is wage growth really strong enough for the Fed to raise rates?

June 3, 2016

Why interest rate increases aren’t the solution to slow housing growth

June 3, 2016

Jobs report suggests last month’s blip may be turning into an unfortunate trend

June 7, 2016

Washington Post accuses Obama and Democrats of pandering on Social Security

June 8, 2016

Streak of underwhelming economic news continues with JOLTS

June 10, 2016

Brexit would hit the UK economy much harder than its promoters expect

June 15, 2016

Math problems at the Education and Workforce Committee

June 16, 2016

American pay and productivity for typical workers: Still not growing together

June 17, 2016

Implications of globalization and secular stagnation for monetary policy

June 17, 2016

Connecting the dots on the divergence between pay and productivity

June 17, 2016

The substance and impact of the H-2B guestworker program appropriations riders some members of Congress are trying to renew

June 22, 2016

A deficit of trust

June 23, 2016

Supreme Court immigration decision means millions of workers will be deprived of crucial labor protections

June 28, 2016

Brexit: The end of globalization as we know it?

June 29, 2016

Paul Ryan’s tax reform taps noted fiscal policy experts Donald Trump and Sam Brownback

June 29, 2016

The Trump trade scam

July 1, 2016

Paul Ryan’s tax plan is just a shift toward less obvious tax breaks for the rich

July 6, 2016

Paul Ryan’s tax reform is an even worse giveaway on the corporate side

July 7, 2016

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Putting employment growth in perspective in advance of Friday’s Jobs Report

July 8, 2016

Strong job growth in June inspires optimism after recent weaker reports

July 11, 2016

What Gretchen Carlson and immigrant janitors have in common: forced arbitration

July 12, 2016

Jamie Dimon’s blinders

July 12, 2016

Did we just witness a shift on immigration policy from Hillary Clinton?

July 28, 2016

Raising the minimum wage could improve public health

August 2, 2016

Free trade in moral hypocrisy

August 2, 2016

Worst recovery in postwar era largely explained by cuts in government spending

August 4, 2016

What to Watch on Jobs Day: The road to full employment happens cumulatively over many months

August 9, 2016

Trump’s plan for the economy does little to help working people

August 9, 2016

Melania Trump visa issues highlight lack of regulation and enforcement in temporary visa programs

August 12, 2016

A tale of two speeches

August 18, 2016

Operation Smile’s misleading opposition to the new overtime rules

August 22, 2016

Top 10 H-1B employers are all IT offshore outsourcing firms, costing U.S. workers tens of thousands of jobs

August 23, 2016

Look to the 1990s, not the 1970s, for the right lessons to guide today’s monetary policy

August 23, 2016

Why is President Obama making one last push for the TPP?

August 24, 2016

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order makes contracting system more accountable

August 30, 2016

Rising wage inequality continues to be a defining feature of the U.S. labor market

September 1, 2016

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Beyond the headline numbers

September 1, 2016

Looking at the latest wage data by education level

September 2, 2016

Looking under the hood of today’s jobs report

September 2, 2016

Manufacturing job loss: the consequences of malign neglect of the dollar and Chinese overcapacity

September 7, 2016

Top H-1B employers use visa program for temporary labor—not as bridge to permanent immigration

September 9, 2016

What to watch for in the Census income and poverty data

September 13, 2016

Superb income growth in 2015 nearly single-handedly restored incomes lost in the Great Recession

September 13, 2016

By the Numbers: Income and Poverty, 2015

September 13, 2016

Income gains in 2015 don’t reverse long-run trend toward greater inequality

September 13, 2016

Poverty declined in 2015 by all measures; government programs, once again, kept millions above the poverty line

September 13, 2016

New Census data show strong 2015 earnings growth across the board, with black and Hispanic workers seeing the fastest growth

September 15, 2016

Poverty rates decrease throughout the states in 2015

September 15, 2016

Nationwide increases in income are visible at the state level

September 20, 2016

Raising rates, even a little, will slow the economy and slow progress in reducing unemployment

September 22, 2016

September Fed decision was the right one for communities of color

September 27, 2016

Freeing corporate profits from their fair share of taxes is not the deal America needs

October 3, 2016

$916 million losses aside, there are many ways Trump could avoid paying taxes

October 4, 2016

Don’t Be Fooled: The TPP Is Not About National Security

October 6, 2016

What to Watch on Jobs Day: The teacher gap, and how today’s unemployment masks continued weakness in the economy

October 13, 2016

Race tax harms African Americans

October 14, 2016

Lawsuit filed to block Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

October 20, 2016

Buried in the fine print: Forced arbitration

October 25, 2016

White House issues call to action on non-compete clauses

October 26, 2016

A women’s economic agenda for the 45th U.S. president: Investing in the infrastructure to support a 21st century economy

October 27, 2016

Oregon Measure 97 would provide short and long-run boost to Oregon economy

October 27, 2016

Strong across-the-board wage growth in 2015 for both bottom 90 percent and top 1.0 percent

October 31, 2016

Fed should hold steady—the economy had “room to run” over past year and may well have more in the next year

November 1, 2016

What the UK decision implies for Uber drivers in the U.S.

November 2, 2016

What to Watch on Jobs Day: A steadily improving, but still-weak labor market for the next president

November 4, 2016

Setting a higher bar for the economy—and policymakers

November 7, 2016

The TPP is a back door for dumped and subsidized imports from China; it would enhance, not limit, China’s influence in the region

November 9, 2016

How will a Trump administration lift wages for the vast majority of Americans?

November 15, 2016

CBO inflates its estimates of employer compliance costs

November 22, 2016

Trump’s infrastructure plan is not a simple public-private partnership plan, and won’t lead to much new investment

November 23, 2016

Already a big gap between Trump’s promises to the middle class and his policies

November 30, 2016

Ruling against overtime is wrong in so many ways

December 1, 2016

The moral of the Trump/Carrier deal is clear: if you’re useful to Trump, he might be willing to throw other workers overboard to help you

December 1, 2016

What to Watch on Jobs Day: The economy is still moving towards full employment. The Fed should keep their foot off the brake so it can get there.

December 1, 2016

The injunction against overtime has real consequences for people’s lives

December 2, 2016

Memo to inflation hawks: We are not at full employment

December 5, 2016

Overtime ruling is wrong on the precedent, as well as the facts

December 5, 2016

What Ben Carson should learn about housing segregation

December 6, 2016

Public-sector compensation should be a model for the private sector—instead, it’s under attack

December 7, 2016

North Carolina voters’ anger about privatized infrastructure projects should serve as a warning to policymakers

December 8, 2016

Heed union leader’s truth-telling on Trump/Carrier deal and judge on policy, not theatrics

December 9, 2016

Andrew Puzder fails every test for a Labor Secretary

December 12, 2016

How the Fed can fix one way the economy really is rigged: Restore the pursuit of full employment as their job number one

December 13, 2016

We can’t meaningfully integrate schools without desegregating neighborhoods

December 15, 2016

SoftBank: Great press, bad for manufacturing, services, and the economy

December 15, 2016

Criminal justice policy is education policy

December 20, 2016

In time for Christmas: a “progressive” Social Security plan Scrooge would love

December 23, 2016

UN Special Rapporteur offers sharp criticism of American temporary foreign worker programs

December 23, 2016

The Obama legacy: creating more, better jobs

January 3, 2017

The new year brings higher wages for 4.3 million workers across the country

January 4, 2017

Why unemployment will keep dropping in 2017

January 4, 2017

401(k)s are an accident of history

January 5, 2017

What to watch on Jobs Day: The year in review

January 6, 2017

The economy has made great strides since the recession began, but there is still work to be done

January 10, 2017

The Obama legacy on wages

January 12, 2017

A tale of two states (and what it tells us about so-called “right-to-work” laws)

January 13, 2017

Sen. Tom Cotton misses the mark on immigration and wages

January 13, 2017

Why taxpayers are getting a bargain from public-sector workers

January 17, 2017

Paid sick leave provides economic and health security to over a million federal contract workers

January 19, 2017

Another reason women will march on Saturday—for better wages and greater economic security

January 19, 2017

So-called “right-to-work” laws will lower wages for union and nonunion workers in Missouri

January 19, 2017

The increased diversity of New York City union construction employment

January 24, 2017

President Trump’s alternative facts have foreigners and bureaucrats, not the top 1 percent, reaping the gains from economic growth

January 26, 2017

Racial gaps in wages, wealth, and more: a quick recap

January 27, 2017

8 years of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

January 30, 2017

Trump’s jobs goals would require massive immigration or forcing elderly Americans to work at unprecedented rates

January 31, 2017

Trump leaving LGBTQ nondiscrimination executive order in place signals approval of reasonable mandates for federal contractors

February 1, 2017

Fed likely to stand pat today on interest rates: Right call, but important to understand why

February 1, 2017

What to Watch on Jobs Day: President Trump inherits a slowly but steadily recovering economy

February 3, 2017

My alma mater has its priorities all wrong

February 6, 2017

Don’t fix what isn’t broken: Why Betsy DeVos’ radical agenda for U.S. public education makes no sense

February 7, 2017

No wage thief should be labor secretary

February 7, 2017

Increased U.S. trade deficit in 2016 illustrates dangers of malign neglect of the dollar

February 8, 2017

Puzder hearing scheduled—now senators have an opportunity to show where they stand

February 9, 2017

Valentine’s Day is better on the west coast (at least for restaurant servers)

February 10, 2017

If Trump follows Walker’s model, he will betray his base

February 13, 2017

The racial wealth gap: How African-Americans have been shortchanged out of the materials to build wealth

February 14, 2017

Brad DeLong is far too lenient on trade policy’s role in generating economic distress for American workers

February 15, 2017

Heads up—the GOP is helping Wall Street pick your pocket

February 22, 2017

Paul Booth: A tireless advocate for working people

February 22, 2017

Move over, Congress: Let states do the right thing to help working families save for retirement

February 24, 2017

Trump is right to criticize NAFTA—but he’s totally wrong about why it’s bad for America

February 24, 2017

Why records matter to worker safety

February 28, 2017

The Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act is what real health reform looks like

February 28, 2017

Trump’s Plan for Trade: The last thing we need is more trade deals

February 28, 2017

Congress is laser-focused on rolling back protections for workers, consumers, and the environment

March 1, 2017

Chamber of Commerce’s recommendations to the NLRB would roll back workers’ rights to the Stone Age

March 1, 2017

Trump administration wants to delay rule protecting savers from conflicted investment advice

March 6, 2017

Federal contract workers need the protection of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule

March 7, 2017

It’s time we acknowledge women’s contributions to the economy—and how much bigger a role they would play in a more inclusive economy

March 9, 2017

Janet Yellen, not Donald Trump, is far more likely to decide whether or not we reach genuine full employment in 2017

March 9, 2017

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Policymakers can’t claim credit for the continuation of a trend

March 10, 2017

The economy will continue to improve, as long as policymakers don’t thwart its progress

March 13, 2017

Everyone wins if the GOP health plan fails, even Republicans

March 14, 2017

Senator Baldwin is right: AHCA is particularly great for health insurance CEOs, bad for almost everybody else

March 14, 2017

Costs will rise and coverage will fall under the AHCA

March 15, 2017

The Fed’s rate hike is not surprising, but it is disappointing

March 15, 2017

Does Alexander Acosta still think undocumented workers deserve protection?

March 16, 2017

Trump’s budget proposal plans a disaster for public investment

March 17, 2017

Shortchanging education, training, and R&D is no way to make America great again

March 21, 2017

Farmworker wages in California: Large gap between full-time equivalent and actual earnings

March 22, 2017

Preventing workplace injuries depends on good record-keeping

March 24, 2017

Repealing prevailing wage laws hurts construction workers

March 27, 2017

Low-wage African American workers have increased annual work hours most since 1979

March 31, 2017

Modern-day Braceros: The United States has 450,000 guestworkers in low-wage jobs and doesn’t need more

March 31, 2017

Policy Watch: Tracking Congress and the administration’s rollback of workers’ rights

April 3, 2017

Unions help narrow the gender wage gap

April 4, 2017

Trump administration trade policy review misses the big picture

April 5, 2017

Workers are never better off under comp time than overtime—and they are typically worse off

April 5, 2017

Stop looking to the federal government on early childhood education

April 6, 2017

What to Watch on Jobs Day: The Fed should keep their foot off the brake and let the economy reach genuine full employment

April 7, 2017

Policy Watch: Amid a busy week, Congress and the president find time to roll back protections for working people

April 10, 2017

Expand Social Security, don’t revive 17th century tontines

April 11, 2017

A modest proposal for increasing workplace flexibility

April 12, 2017

Legal does not mean safe: The fate of chemical protections for workers in the Trump era

April 13, 2017

The H-2A farm guestworker program is expanding rapidly: Here are the numbers you need to know

April 14, 2017

Trump spurns working Americans by abandoning efforts to realign U.S.-China exchange rate

April 18, 2017

Likeliest outcome of tax reform is a deficit-financed tax cut for the rich that will expire in a decade

April 19, 2017

How President Trump and congressional Republicans are undercutting wages and protections for working people

April 26, 2017

Trump’s opening bid for tax reform is more tax cuts and loopholes for the rich

April 26, 2017

Congress should oppose Acosta’s confirmation and demand a pro-worker secretary of labor

April 27, 2017

Workers’ Memorial Day: If your loved one died at work, what would you want their legacy to be?

April 28, 2017

Policy Watch: President Trump has had help implementing his anti-worker agenda

May 1, 2017

Union busters are more prevalent than they seem, and may soon even be at the NLRB

May 1, 2017

Does Trump’s tax plan help families pay for child and dependent care expenses?

May 2, 2017

Does Trump really believe U.S. companies should “Hire American?” Not if he allows Congress to expand the H-2B guestworker program.

May 2, 2017

The People’s Budget, not Trump’s budget, will help working Americans

May 2, 2017

What’s your excuse for opposing state retirement initiatives, senator?

May 4, 2017

The AHCA-but-worse plan should not be passed by the House today

May 4, 2017

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Signs of tightening across the economy

May 4, 2017

The hidden sides of NAEP: girls, art, and empowerment

May 5, 2017

Policy Watch: House Republicans vote to strip health care from millions

May 5, 2017

Policymakers shouldn’t assume slack is gone and should push for faster wage growth

May 11, 2017

African American women stand out as working moms play a larger economic role in families

May 12, 2017

Policy Watch: Congress blocks 14 Obama-era rules in an unprecedented blitz of CRA votes

May 16, 2017

Brown v. Board is 63 years old. Was the Supreme Court’s school desegregation ruling a failure?

May 18, 2017

Corporate power in state legislatures produces a gerrymandered Congress

May 19, 2017

Policy Watch: Republican antiregulatory agenda continues despite losing the CRA

May 23, 2017

American workers lose $1.2 billion in 2017 due to delay in update of overtime rules

May 23, 2017

Good news for retirement savers—the fiduciary rule will become applicable June 9th

May 23, 2017

President Trump’s budget kicks people when they’re down

May 23, 2017

Trump budget proposal is a potential jobs-killer, imposing a major fiscal drag that would radically slow job growth in coming years

May 24, 2017

Trump’s budget tried to side-step taxes. Today’s Ways and Means hearing with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin should not.

May 25, 2017

Trump’s budget will harm older workers by cutting Social Security disability payments

May 25, 2017

Costs will still rise significantly and coverage will still fall considerably under the new AHCA

May 26, 2017

Policy Watch: Trump budget weakens protections for working people

May 26, 2017

H-2B crabpickers are so important to the Maryland seafood industry that they get paid $3 less per hour than the state or local average wage

May 30, 2017

Under new bill’s election standard, unions would never win an election—and neither would the bill’s cosponsors

June 1, 2017

What to Watch on Jobs Day? Hopeful signs of stronger wage growth

June 2, 2017

Unemployment rate fell in May for the wrong reasons: Slack still remains

June 5, 2017

As the Trump administration kicks off “infrastructure week”, remember that its recent budget is an absolute disaster for public investment

June 5, 2017

Trump’s infrastructure plans are empty promises not backed by money

June 6, 2017

The data are in…and show that the fiduciary rule will help retirement savers

June 7, 2017

A couple lesser-known bits of mayhem in the Financial CHOICE Act

June 9, 2017

People in states represented by the cosponsors of the CHOICE Act lose $12.1 billion each year due to conflicted retirement advice

June 9, 2017

Policy Watch: Another week of weakening labor laws and making us more susceptible to a financial crisis

June 13, 2017

By rescinding the persuader rule, Trump is once again siding with corporate interests over working people

June 15, 2017

Investing in good construction jobs can build a better South

June 15, 2017

Does corporate America see a future in the United States?

June 16, 2017

Policy Watch: Trump and Congress diligently work to strip working people of hard-fought rights

June 16, 2017

In virtually unprecedented move, Trump Solicitor General switches sides in Murphy Oil case

June 19, 2017

Apprenticeship Weak: Trump proposal fails to tap into apprenticeship’s potential

June 20, 2017

Working people deserve schedules that work

June 20, 2017

Rescheduling—now is a good time for its reintroduction!

June 22, 2017

Unpaid congressional internships: bad for students, bad for policy

June 28, 2017

OSHA proposes to delay recordkeeping rule

June 30, 2017

With federal inaction, states continue to step up in providing paid sick days to their workers and families

July 3, 2017

DHS and DOL should focus on improving protections for H-2B and U.S. workers rather than expanding a flawed guestworker program

July 6, 2017

What to watch on jobs day? The kind of strength that will accelerate the pace of the recovery

July 7, 2017

The black unemployment rate returns to historic low, but not really

July 11, 2017

Class action waivers rob workers of the freedom to negotiate with their employer

July 11, 2017

Steel and aluminum trade restraints are good first steps, but not nearly enough to rebuild manufacturing

July 12, 2017

On labor nominations, what a difference a president makes

July 13, 2017

Why the UN Global Compact on Migration matters

July 13, 2017

Deregulation can kill you

July 13, 2017

Healthcare’s biggest losers, part two: How the Senate’s TrumpCare bill can increase your state taxes

July 14, 2017

State lawmakers in Missouri just undercut wages for 38,000 workers in St. Louis

July 14, 2017

Missouri’s new preemption law cheats 38,000 workers out of a raise

July 14, 2017

Policy Watch: Cuts to DOL budget, attacks on joint employer standard

July 18, 2017

The UN Global Compact and labor migration: What can we expect?

July 19, 2017

Young workers face a tougher labor market even as the economy inches towards full employment

July 21, 2017

Policy Watch: Spring Regulatory Agenda puts corporations first

July 28, 2017

Black women have to work 7 months into 2017 to be paid the same as white men in 2016

July 28, 2017

Trump admin works to roll back worker protections before the president leaves on vacation

August 1, 2017

First half 2017 data reveal broadly based wage growth, but inequality persists

August 1, 2017

What the Nissan union fight in Mississippi is really about

August 1, 2017

Agricultural guestworkers: The challenge of the expanding H-2A program

August 2, 2017

Wages for workers with a high school degree or less rose the fastest over the last year

August 3, 2017

The Montgomery County minimum wage impact study is absurd junk science

August 3, 2017

What to watch on jobs day: Hoping for stronger nominal wage growth as the economy continues to inch toward full employment

August 10, 2017

U.S. corporations pay a far lower effective tax rate than the statutory rate would indicate—and a recent CBO study doesn’t actually contradict this

August 10, 2017

Murphy Oil may be the last workers’ rights case the Supreme Court has the opportunity to consider

August 21, 2017

Renegotiating NAFTA is putting lipstick on a pig

August 24, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan gets innovative in spreading misleading international tax comparisons

August 25, 2017

Is poverty a mindset?

August 30, 2017

Repeal of pay transparency rule will make it easier to discriminate against women and people of color

August 31, 2017

What to Watch on Jobs Day: A stronger economy for American workers for Labor Day

September 1, 2017

Trump administration and congressional GOP will return to a packed schedule, but maintain attack on working people

September 5, 2017

Ending DACA lowers wages and tax revenue, and degrades labor standards

September 5, 2017

Withdrawing from KORUS: A good impulse, driven by bad reasons, whose potential will be squandered

September 6, 2017

Senate Banking Committee should vote no on Randal Quarles

September 7, 2017

A NAFTA renegotiation game-changer, until the Trump administration squanders it

September 8, 2017

What to watch for in the 2016 Census data on earnings, incomes, and poverty

September 8, 2017

Policy Watch: Two more foxes nominated to run hen houses in the Trump administration

September 12, 2017

By the Numbers: Income and Poverty, 2016

September 12, 2017

Income growth in 2016 is strong, but not as strong as 2015 and more uneven

September 12, 2017

New census data show strong 2016 earnings growth across-the-board, with black and Hispanic workers seeing the fastest growth for second consecutive year

September 12, 2017

Poverty declined modestly in 2016; government programs continued to keep tens of millions out of poverty

September 14, 2017

Incomes continued to rise in 2016 in four out of five states

September 14, 2017

Poverty declines in most states in 2016

September 15, 2017

Most families are nearly back to 2007 income levels, but inequality continues to grow in 2016

September 15, 2017

Little to no gain in median annual earnings in the 2000s, while significant wage gaps remain

September 15, 2017

2016 ACS shows stubbornly high Native American poverty and different degrees of economic well-being for Asian ethnic groups

September 19, 2017

An evidence-based Fed would hold rates steady in September

September 20, 2017

Graham-Cassidy: Maybe the worst Republican health proposal yet

September 27, 2017

Supreme Court should uphold working people’s fundamental rights in Murphy Oil

September 27, 2017

A leopard can’t change its spots: Newest Republican tax framework is what we knew it always would be—tax cuts for the rich.

September 27, 2017

Fixing education inequalities will require fixing broader societal inequities

September 28, 2017

Janus is the latest attack on workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively

October 2, 2017

What to watch out for in Trump’s speech on regulation later this morning

October 5, 2017

What to Watch on Jobs Day: The teacher gap, the hurricanes, and how we know slack remains

October 10, 2017

Nominating Kevin Warsh as Fed Chair would be the latest way Trump reneged on promises to put workers’ interests over financial elites

October 19, 2017

The Supreme Court has a chance to restore a critical right to women at work

October 24, 2017

The Legal Workforce and Agricultural Guestworker Acts would push down wages and labor standards for Americans and immigrants alike

October 25, 2017

Proposal to change the H-2A program via appropriations would allow agribusiness to fill hundreds of thousands of permanent, year-round jobs with temporary guestworkers

October 25, 2017

Moving beyond ACA repeal to address real health reform: Negotiating for lower drug prices under the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act

October 26, 2017

International evidence shows that low corporate tax rates are not strongly associated with stronger investment

October 30, 2017

Don’t believe the news of a new “top rate” in the forthcoming Republican tax plan: Their enormous “pass-through” loophole makes it largely irrelevant

October 31, 2017

Wages rose for the bottom 90 percent in 2016 as those for top 1 percent fell

October 31, 2017

Yellen can and should help rectify the big mistake Trump will make if he doesn’t reappoint her as chair of the Federal Reserve

November 1, 2017

Latina workers have to work 10 months into 2017 to be paid the same as white non-Hispanic men in 2016

November 2, 2017

NLRB’s $21 million settlement reminds us why working people need strong unions and robust labor law enforcement

November 2, 2017

Strengthening collective bargaining is essential to reforming the rigged economy

November 2, 2017

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Signs of tightening across the economy

November 3, 2017

Real world data continues to show no link between corporate cuts and wage increases

November 9, 2017

Veterans fought for the right to collectively bargain—Congress should defend it

November 9, 2017

New paper on pay-productivity link does not overturn EPI findings

November 15, 2017

Supreme Court will decide if women can join together to fight sexual harassment at work

November 15, 2017

Millions fewer would get overtime protections if the overtime threshold were only $31,000

November 21, 2017

The biggest turkey this Thanksgiving is the Republican Tax Plan

November 27, 2017

Teacher pensions—the most important tool for keeping and retaining good teachers

November 30, 2017

Republican tax plan will reduce American competitiveness

December 5, 2017

United States fails to participate in key global conversations on migration

December 5, 2017

The distribution of TCJA cuts, as well as the burden of financing them, by income group and race

December 7, 2017

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Labor market should continue to improve, with or without pending tax cuts

December 8, 2017

If corporate rate cuts don’t trickle down, the House tax plan will raise taxes on moderate-income households too

December 8, 2017

The economy is on the right track, but key indicators show we’re not at full employment yet

December 15, 2017

NLRB reverses Browning-Ferris, makes it harder for workers to bargain with their employers

December 15, 2017

The arguments supporting corporate tax cuts are wrong, and territorial taxation will make things worse

December 18, 2017

By overturning Specialty Healthcare, the NLRB has made it harder for workers to organize

December 20, 2017

The courts are getting it wrong when it comes to unpaid interns

January 4, 2018

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Taking stock of the labor market, 10 years since the start of the Great Recession

January 5, 2018

The economy has made great strides since the recession, but weakness remains

January 10, 2018

Renegotiating NAFTA is an opportunity to get trade policy right

January 11, 2018

The search for the next president of the New York Federal Reserve is a big deal

January 12, 2018

Our analysis of January 1 state minimum wage changes understated the total increase in wages for workers throughout the country

January 12, 2018

Fighting for public sector union rights 50 years after MLK’s assassination

January 12, 2018

Maryland grants access to paid sick days to 700,000 workers and their families

January 18, 2018

State and local policymakers should beware preemption clauses

January 18, 2018

Unrigging the economy to grow the middle class: Pennsylvania takes the lead on overtime

January 19, 2018

Overall union membership rises in 2017, union density holds steady

January 22, 2018

The TCJA, combined with a cynical PR campaign from the GOP and the corporate world, could hit American families hard in the 2019 tax season

January 23, 2018

Davos is Trump’s kind of town

January 26, 2018

Lessons from today’s GDP report: Long-expected rebound in productivity finally seems to be happening, and no reason for Fed to raise rates in their next meeting

January 26, 2018

White House framework calls for a vast increase in immigration enforcement on the backs of DREAMers, while only legalizing 16 percent of the undocumented population

January 29, 2018

Year one of the Trump administration: Normalizing itself by working for the top 1 percent

February 1, 2018

Providing unpaid leave was only the first step; 25 years after the Family and Medical Leave Act, more workers need paid leave

February 1, 2018

What to Watch on Jobs Day: How the Trump administration stacks up against an economy on autopilot

February 2, 2018

UN Secretary General’s report on migration highlights the need for government action and cooperation, but lacks key guidance on labor migration

February 2, 2018

The Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the fiduciary rule: A year in review

February 5, 2018

Why economics tells us that crediting the TCJA for wage increases is just PR

February 5, 2018

The bottom line on Trump and the economy: We’re not in good hands

February 5, 2018

EPI responds to Amazon’s claims that their fulfillment centers raise local employment

February 6, 2018

Increased U.S. trade deficit in 2017 illustrates dangers of ignoring the overvalued dollar

February 9, 2018

No, the stock market isn’t throwing a tantrum because the economy is “overstimulated”

February 12, 2018

The Trump administration’s infrastructure plan remains empty talk and will be paid for by cuts to programs that help working people

February 14, 2018

Senate must pass legislation this week to legalize DREAMers but avoid unnecessary immigration enforcement measures and green card reductions

February 14, 2018

Sen. Hatch’s H-1B bill and other guestworker proposals should be kept out of Senate immigration debate

February 26, 2018

50 years after the riots: Continued economic inequality for African Americans

February 28, 2018

Ron Blackwell (1946–2018)

March 1, 2018

Growth (or not) in real wages

March 1, 2018

How new Fed Chair Jerome Powell should get ready for the next recession

March 1, 2018

Many of the policy recommendations from the Kerner Commission remain relevant 50 years later

March 5, 2018

Congress should set the standard in being a good employer

March 8, 2018

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Putting wage growth in perspective

March 13, 2018

Preemption laws prevent cities from acting on everything from labor and employment to gun safety

March 19, 2018

Using the H-2A guestworker program for year-round agricultural jobs would lower wages for farmworkers

March 19, 2018

Congress is trying to use appropriations expand the H-2B temporary worker program—where migrants are exploitable and have few rights—by 73 percent

March 26, 2018

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s search for a new president was a flawed process that should go back to the drawing board

March 27, 2018

A perfect pairing: New tip provisions and a strong minimum wage

March 30, 2018

Evidence shows collective bargaining—especially with the ability to strike—raises teacher pay

April 3, 2018

Does high CEO pay matter to shareholders?

April 4, 2018

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Multiple measures indicate the presence of labor market slack

April 6, 2018

New UN data on international migrants highlights special responsibility for destination countries in the Global Compact for Migration

April 10, 2018

A balanced budget amendment would be extraordinarily dangerous for the economy

April 12, 2018

How do our job creation recommendations stack up against a job guarantee?

April 16, 2018

For Tax Day, a reminder that economic arguments for the GOP tax plan have no theoretical basis

April 18, 2018

The Trump administration doubles down in the Wall Street Journal on why trickle-down really does work

April 19, 2018

Teacher unions and students’ long-term economic prospects

April 20, 2018

The SEC’s “Regulation Best Interest” is in the best interest of Wall Street, not retirement savers and other investors

April 23, 2018

Social Security is looking like a pretty good investment these days

April 24, 2018

Eliminating the forced transfer of technology and production to China is critical

April 27, 2018

Let’s fight for working people on Workers’ Memorial Day

May 3, 2018

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Stronger wage growth as labor market slack continues to decline

May 7, 2018

The Supreme Court is poised to make forced arbitration nearly inescapable

May 9, 2018

The Workplace Democracy Act restores workers’ bargaining power

May 9, 2018

Minnesota and Wisconsin had similar job growth trajectories leading up to the Great Recession, but not after it

May 14, 2018

As cities and states pass bold increases in the minimum wage, we need to update our thinking about its costs

May 16, 2018

Ending individual mandatory arbitration alone fails most workers: For real worker power, end the ban on class and collective action lawsuits

May 30, 2018

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Signs of stronger wage growth that will eventually improve Americans’ livings standards

May 31, 2018

Seven facts about tipped workers and the tipped minimum wage

June 5, 2018

Social Security trustees report shows why we should expand the program—not look for excuses to cut it

June 11, 2018

Why is wealthy Westport trying to gut police pensions?

June 13, 2018

CEO pay: Still not related to performance

June 14, 2018

How big is AI-related employment? Not that big at all—despite what Stanford’s AI Index Annual Report tries to claim

June 20, 2018

Has self-employment surged? Data on nonemployer establishments confirm other data showing more activity, but not much economic impact

June 21, 2018

Nonemployer establishments grew in 2016 but their real revenues were stable: This confirms other data on self-employment showing more activity, but little economic impact

June 21, 2018

Workers of color are far more likely to be paid poverty-level wages than white workers

June 27, 2018

Janus decision is not about union finances—it’s about working people’s finances

June 28, 2018

Social Security data confirm same old pattern: Self-employment headcount has risen but economic impact remains small

July 5, 2018

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Public sector jobs are threatened by austerity and attacks on collective bargaining

July 18, 2018

Average wage growth continues to flatline in 2018, while low-wage workers and those with relatively lower levels of educational attainment see stronger gains

July 19, 2018

Why is real wage growth anemic? It’s not because of a skills shortage

July 20, 2018

Why is wage growth so slow? It’s not because low-wage jobs are being added disproportionately

July 20, 2018

A long spell of very low unemployment would raise wages—even in the face of employers’ monopsony power

July 22, 2018

Does America’s monopoly problem mean that high-pressure labor markets can’t boost wages?

July 31, 2018

Nothing misleading about this: Typical workers’ pay and productivity have diverged

August 1, 2018

Last week’s GDP data shows there’s still no reason to think the TCJA’s corporate rate cuts are trickling down to workers

August 1, 2018

The “wage puzzle” is real—but low inflation and low productivity are also puzzles that need to be solved

August 2, 2018

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Wringing out every last bit of slack in the labor market

August 3, 2018

How do we know the tax cut isn’t working to boost wages? Investment, investment, investment

August 6, 2018

Separate is still unequal: How patterns of occupational segregation impact pay for black women

September 6, 2018

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Keeping a cautiously optimistic eye on wages

September 7, 2018

What to watch for in the 2017 Census data on earnings, incomes, and poverty

September 12, 2018

By the Numbers: Income and Poverty, 2017

September 12, 2018

Household income growth slowed markedly in 2017 and was stronger for those at the top, while earnings declined slightly

September 12, 2018

Black workers have made no progress in closing earnings gaps with white men since 2000

September 12, 2018

10 years after the start of the Great Recession, black and Asian households have yet to recover lost income

September 12, 2018

Government programs kept tens of millions out of poverty in 2017

September 13, 2018

Household incomes in 2017 stayed on existing trends in most states; incomes in 21 states are still below their pre-recession levels

September 13, 2018

Poverty declined in most states in 2017

September 14, 2018

Digging into the 2017 ACS: Improved income growth for Native Americans, but lots of variation in the pace of recovery for different Asian ethnic groups

September 18, 2018

Further evidence that the tax cuts have not led to widespread bonuses, wage or compensation growth

September 19, 2018

Data continues to show little evidence that tax cuts are trickling down to typical workers, and now House Republicans want a do-over

September 25, 2018

Exploring the effects of student absenteeism

September 26, 2018

The Fed’s current path might be leaving lots of money on the table unnecessarily

October 3, 2018

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Keeping an eye on the teacher jobs gap

October 18, 2018

Top 1.0 percent reaches highest wages ever—up 157 percent since 1979

October 22, 2018

Six reasons not to put too much weight on the new study of Seattle’s minimum wage

October 26, 2018

The “boom” of 2018 tells us that fiscal stimulus works, but that the GOP has only used it when it helps their reelection, not when it helps typical families

October 30, 2018

Yet another reason why Megyn Kelly does not need your sympathy

October 31, 2018

Latina workers have to work 10 months into 2018 to be paid the same as white non-Hispanic men in 2017

November 5, 2018

Heading into the midterms, there’s still no evidence that the TCJA is working as promised

November 7, 2018

Voters in Missouri and Arkansas just lifted pay for 1 million workers

November 7, 2018

The new Democratic House should make worker empowerment a priority

November 14, 2018

By banning mandatory arbitration clauses and class and collective action waivers, Congress could restore a fundamental workers right

December 6, 2018

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Will we see signs of stronger wage growth?

December 10, 2018

Millions of working women of childbearing age are not included in protections for nursing mothers

December 14, 2018

Bonuses are up $0.02 since the GOP tax cuts passed

December 18, 2018

The bad economics of PAYGO swamp any strategic gain from adopting it

December 21, 2018

The failure of Trump’s trade and manufacturing policy

December 26, 2018

Over 5 million workers will have higher pay on January 1 thanks to state minimum wage increases

January 3, 2019

What to Watch on Jobs Day: An assessment of the 2018 labor market, 11 years since the start of the Great Recession

January 4, 2019

The economy has made great strides since the recession, but some weakness lingers

January 15, 2019

Au pair lawsuit reveals collusion and large-scale wage theft from migrant women through State Department’s J-1 visa program

January 17, 2019

Reliable data is one of the many victims of the government shutdown

January 18, 2019

The number of unionized U.S. workers edged lower to 16.4 million in 2018

January 30, 2019

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Furloughs and month-to-month volatility

January 30, 2019

The Fed shouldn’t give up on restoring labor’s share of income—and measure it correctly

February 1, 2019

Before the State of the Union, a fact check on black unemployment

February 5, 2019

Trump’s hateful border wall fantasy would do nothing to address the real immigration crisis

February 5, 2019

The state of American manufacturing: The failure of Trump’s trade and economic policies

February 11, 2019

Let’s not forget unions and collective action when discussing victories on workers’ rights

February 15, 2019

Trump’s national emergency declaration over the border wall is dangerous and not justified by the facts

February 19, 2019

Black women’s labor market history reveals deep-seated race and gender discrimination

February 27, 2019

Stark black–white divide in wages is widening further 

March 4, 2019

There’s nothing radical about Elizabeth Warren’s proposal for universal childcare

March 4, 2019

When will ‘Buy American’ really mean buy American?

March 7, 2019

Record U.S. trade deficit in 2018 reflects failure of Trump’s trade policies

March 7, 2019

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Stronger wage growth as prime-age labor force participation continues to climb

March 8, 2019

A close look at recent increases in the black unemployment rate

March 15, 2019

Higher returns on education can’t explain growing wage inequality

March 19, 2019

Predicting wage growth with measures of labor market slack: It’s complicated

March 26, 2019

Teacher strikes blanket the nation as a labor of love meets economic hardships

March 26, 2019

The search for America’s missing teachers

March 28, 2019

Why NAFTA’s 2.0 current labor provisions fall short

March 28, 2019

The House makes way for equal pay with the passage of Paycheck Fairness Act

April 1, 2019

Equal Pay Day is a reminder that you can’t mansplain away the gender pay gap

April 2, 2019

Congress and Trump discover bipartisanship on immigration—but only to increase H-2B visas for captive and underpaid migrant workers

April 4, 2019

Progressive tax reform requires a healthy IRS

April 4, 2019

Research is vital to the moral integrity of social movements

April 8, 2019

Housing discrimination underpins the staggering wealth gap between blacks and whites

April 12, 2019

Cleaning up administrative records or targeting immigrants?

April 12, 2019

Restraining the power of the rich with a 10 percent surtax on incomes over $2 million*

April 15, 2019

Bonuses are up one cent in 2018 since the GOP tax cuts passed

April 19, 2019

Ex-Obama economic adviser Romer says fiscal stimulus is central to combatting recessions

April 23, 2019

And if you believe this, I’ve got a great deal to sell you: The economic impacts of the revised NAFTA (USMCA) Agreement

April 23, 2019

Social Security trustees report shows modest improvement in financial outlook

April 30, 2019

Evidence that tight labor markets really will increase labor’s share of income: Economic Policy Institute Macroeconomics Newsletter

April 30, 2019

Nevada state government has fiscal challenges–but granting state employees the right to bargain collectively does not add to them

April 30, 2019

Millions of workers are paid less than the ‘average’ minimum wage

May 1, 2019

Toxic stress and children’s outcomes

May 1, 2019

Now you see them, now you don’t: Vanishing benefits for U.S. workers in NAFTA-2 (USMCA) deal

May 2, 2019

What to Watch on Jobs Day: An expected and continued return of workers into the labor force

May 2, 2019

The PRO Act: Giving workers more bargaining power on the job

May 9, 2019

Don’t be fooled by calls for a ‘regional’ minimum wage

May 9, 2019

Why is teaching becoming a less appealing occupation? One answer is right in front of us

May 15, 2019

How to think about the job-creation potential of green investments: A boost to labor demand that will create some jobs, shift some others—and increase job-quality overall

May 15, 2019

Trump’s China tariff confusion: It won’t solve chronic trade deficits

May 15, 2019

The Great Recession, education, race, and homeownership

May 15, 2019

Fighting inequality is key to preparing for the next recession

May 17, 2019

Zero Weeks plus Ellen Bravo on the importance of paid family and medical leave

May 17, 2019

Trump and Kushner’s ‘merit-based’ immigration plan fails to propose the smart reforms needed to modernize and improve U.S. labor migration

May 20, 2019

There’s no economic constraint on the fiscal space available to fight the next recession

May 23, 2019

Broader, Bolder, Better: We’ve come a long way

May 23, 2019

Ohio’s economy no longer fully recovers after recessions

May 23, 2019

A progressive strategy for addressing the next recession must include a deliberate, strategic focus on states and localities

May 24, 2019

‘Schools are no longer just institutions of learning—we are the primary hub of care outside the family’

May 30, 2019

‘Forced’ is never fair: What labor arbitration teaches us about arbitration done right—and wrong

May 30, 2019

Recession or not, there will be pain: Coping with corporate bonds

May 30, 2019

The time to prepare for the next recession is now

May 31, 2019

Teaching—an important job, but a challenging work environment

June 5, 2019

MIT economist Simon Johnson wants to ramp up federal investment on science and technology—and make sure taxpayers get a cash dividend in return

June 5, 2019

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Continued strength or more labor market hiccups?

June 7, 2019

Farmworkers in New York deserve overtime pay

June 10, 2019

Misleading and biased research: Why a report on arbitration by a Chamber of Commerce affiliate is just plain wrong

June 11, 2019

Presenting EPI’s ‘Budget for Shared Prosperity’

June 11, 2019

From the margins to the mainstream: A review of Broader, Bolder, Better

June 12, 2019

The next recession will create an opportunity to redefine the government’s role in the economy: Lessons from healthcare organizing

June 12, 2019

A strong worker-centered climate agenda must be central to addressing the next recession

June 14, 2019

Teachers are always there to help, but now we’re the ones who need a boost

June 18, 2019

Focus on the boom, not the slump—The Fed’s new policy framework needs to stop cutting recoveries short: EPI Macroeconomics Newsletter

June 19, 2019

Worker bonuses slump 22 percent after GOP tax cuts

June 20, 2019

Immigration enforcement is funded at a much higher rate than labor standards enforcement—and the gap is widening

June 26, 2019

The federal government’s housing policies deepened segregation: A response to a critique of The Color of Law

June 26, 2019

The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act provides public-sector workers the right to join in union and collectively bargain

June 27, 2019

What’s good for Wall Street is often bad for American workers and manufacturing: The overvalued dollar

July 3, 2019

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Data volatility or signs of an economic slowdown?

July 8, 2019

Revived debate over school busing highlights deepening racial segregation

July 9, 2019

Low-wage workers will see huge gains from minimum wage hike, CBO finds

July 25, 2019

Social Security expansion would likely bolster, not hurt, economic growth

July 26, 2019

Teachers need better professional development opportunities, more support

July 26, 2019

Affordability and quality—attainable goals for an effective early care and education system

July 26, 2019

August Recess 2019: A look back at the House’s legislative victories that benefit working people

July 29, 2019

Detailed estimates for policies in EPI’s ‘Budget for Shared Prosperity’

July 29, 2019

It’s not trickling down: New data provides no evidence that the TCJA is working as its proponents claimed it would

July 30, 2019

Not just ‘no heat’ but signs of cooling: The case for FOMC rate cuts has real merit

August 1, 2019

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Are there signs of wage acceleration?

August 1, 2019

Why Eugene Scalia is the wrong person for the job

August 7, 2019

The road not taken: Housing and criminal justice 50 years after the Kerner Commission report

August 22, 2019

It’s the beginning of the school year and teachers are once again opening up their wallets to buy school supplies

August 22, 2019

Don’t be fooled by the Trump administration’s Labor Day pitch on overtime policy—it’s going to cost workers billions

August 28, 2019

It’s not just noncompetes—increased use of anti-competitive contracts has limited workers’ bargaining power and employers’ hiring power

August 29, 2019

Raising the federal minimum wage isn’t just the right thing to do for workers—it’s also good for the economy

September 5, 2019

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Wage growth is key to a sustainable recovery

September 6, 2019

What to watch for in the 2018 Census data on earnings, incomes, and poverty

September 10, 2019

By the Numbers: Income and Poverty, 2018

September 10, 2019

Slowdown in household income growth continues in 2018

September 11, 2019

Government programs kept tens of millions out of poverty in 2018

September 11, 2019

Racial and ethnic income gaps persist amid uneven growth in household incomes

September 17, 2019

Why is the economy so weak? Trade gets headlines, but it’s more about past Fed rate hikes and the TCJA’s waste

September 17, 2019

What’s luck got to do with it? When it comes to money, quite a bit

September 23, 2019

Trump’s labor board wants to deprive graduate student workers of their basic right to form unions

September 25, 2019

More than eight million workers will be left behind by the Trump overtime rule: Workers would receive $1.4 billion less than under the 2016 rule

September 26, 2019

Poverty continues to fall in most states, though progress appears to be slowing

September 26, 2019

Household income growth was slower and less widespread in 2018 than in 2017

October 2, 2019

What to Watch on Jobs Day: How big is the teacher shortfall?

October 3, 2019

Black and Hispanic men could face disproportionate job loss due to transportation automation

October 15, 2019

Seven questions EPI’s experts would ask at tonight’s debate

October 24, 2019

A little-known agency that is supposed to protect workers is instead eroding workers’ basic labor rights

October 29, 2019

Wage growth targets are good economics—if you get the details right: EPI Macroeconomics Newsletter

October 30, 2019

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Anticipated distortions to payroll employment and wage growth

October 31, 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act isn’t working and there’s no reason to think that will change

November 7, 2019

Welcome developments on limiting noncompete agreements: A growing consensus leads to new state laws, a possible FTC rule making, and a strong bipartisan Senate bill

November 19, 2019

Latina workers have to work nearly 11 months into 2019 to be paid the same as white non-Hispanic men in 2018

November 20, 2019

Where do the Democratic presidential candidates stand on migrant workers and labor migration?

November 20, 2019

Bipartisan Senate budget bill could damage the economy during recessions

November 21, 2019

Analyses claiming that taxes on millionaires and billionaires will slow economic growth are fundamentally flawed

November 30, 2019

Workers will lose more than $700 million annually under proposed DOL rule

December 4, 2019

OECD highlights temporary labor migration: Almost as many guestworkers as permanent immigrants

December 5, 2019

What to watch on jobs day: Concerning slowdown in job growth and weakening wage growth

December 10, 2019

House vote imminent on the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act—which would lower wages for migrant farmworkers: Hearings and assessments of impacts still needed

December 10, 2019

Looking for evidence of wage-led productivity growth: EPI Macroeconomics Newsletter

December 11, 2019

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act allows employers to hire migrant farmworkers with H-2A temporary visas for year-round jobs: Impacts are unknown and other wage-setting formulas should be considered

December 17, 2019

On its second anniversary, the TCJA has cut taxes for corporations, but nothing has trickled down

December 17, 2019

Three Republican-appointed white men are now deciding whether you have rights on the job

December 18, 2019

Top 1.0% of earners see wages up 157.8% since 1979

December 18, 2019

Nearly 7 million workers will start the new year with higher wages

January 8, 2020

College athletes and Ph.D. students both work for the university, but only one earns a salary

January 9, 2020

What to watch on jobs day: An assessment of the 2019 labor market

January 10, 2020

The labor market continues to improve in 2019 as women surpass men in payroll employment, but wage growth slows

January 13, 2020

China trade deal will not restore 3.7 million U.S. jobs lost since China entered the WTO in 2001

January 16, 2020

This MLK Day, remember Emmett Till and voter suppression

January 17, 2020

Yes, David Brooks, there really is a class war

January 24, 2020

The Trump administration’s new housing rules will worsen segregation

January 27, 2020

Weakened labor movement leads to rising economic inequality

January 30, 2020

Wilbur Ross’s comments and Trump administration trade policies offer few answers for growing, job-destroying China trade deficit

January 31, 2020

On EITC Awareness Day, remember that the EITC and minimum wage work together to raise incomes

January 31, 2020

The signal the unemployment rate provides can change a lot over time: EPI Macroeconomics Newsletter

February 3, 2020

Primer—The state of the union for working people

February 4, 2020

The state of the union for black workers: Myths and facts

February 4, 2020

As investment continues to decline, the Trump tax cuts remain nothing but a handout to the rich

February 4, 2020

Trump’s ‘blue-collar boom’ is likely a dud

February 6, 2020

What to watch on jobs day: Large downward revisions in employment expected

February 6, 2020

Declining trade balances disguise continued growth in the non-oil trade deficit

February 10, 2020

AAPI women face a double pay penalty for race and gender

February 14, 2020

Top five Valentine’s Day gifts ideas for U.S. workers: Nothing spells ‘romance’ like a fair wage and quality jobs

February 24, 2020

The Trump budget doesn’t spare seniors

February 24, 2020

Medicare4All C-Span discussion sheds light on its impact

February 24, 2020

The U.S. federal tax and spending system is the biggest tool to combat inequality, but it could do much more

February 27, 2020

Black-white wage gaps are worse today than in 2000

February 28, 2020

Lack of paid sick days and large numbers of uninsured increase risks of spreading the coronavirus

March 2, 2020

EPI President Thea Lee testifies before the House Committee on Ways and Means on U.S.–China Trade and Competition (Video)

March 3, 2020

Economic policy and COVID-19—Mitigate harm and plan for the future: A list of considerations for policymakers

March 4, 2020

Low-wage workers saw the biggest wage growth in states that increased their minimum wage between 2018 and 2019

March 5, 2020

What to watch on jobs day: Expected future impact of COVID-19

March 9, 2020

Even HBO’s John Oliver didn’t provide the full context on ‘Medicare for All’ and jobs

March 9, 2020

Getting serious about the economic response to COVID-19

March 9, 2020

Amid COVID-19 outbreak, the workers who need paid sick days the most have the least

March 9, 2020

A Trump attack on government, flying largely under the radar: Trump wants to help corporations suspected of violating the law

March 11, 2020

Trump’s payroll tax cuts are a terrible opening bid to address the economic fallout of COVID-19: But employer tax credits can be part of the economic response if they finance direct benefits for workers

March 12, 2020

Teachers pay out-of-pocket to keep their classrooms clean of COVID-19: Teachers already spend on average $450 a year on school supplies

March 12, 2020

Union workers are more likely to have paid sick days and health insurance: COVID-19 sheds light on least-empowered workers

March 13, 2020

Why a fiscal stimulus that is big and fast is so necessary—and why it should continue so long as the economy is weak

March 13, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic makes clear that we need national paid sick leave legislation

March 17, 2020

Coronavirus shock will likely claim 3 million jobs by summer: Policy is needed now to curb further losses

March 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic requires state and local policymakers to act, in addition to demanding a strong federal response

March 18, 2020

Senate coronavirus bill is crucial—but it’s a fraction of what’s needed

March 18, 2020

What to expect in tomorrow’s unemployment insurance numbers: The leading edge of the coronavirus’s shock to the labor market, not the full picture

March 19, 2020

Not everybody can work from home: Black and Hispanic workers are much less likely to be able to telework

March 19, 2020

Every state will lose jobs as a result of the coronavirus: Policymakers must take action

March 20, 2020

The coronavirus fiscal response should be as big as needed—but current forecasts indicate at least $2.1 trillion is needed through 2020: The expected hit to the economy would mean almost 14 million job losses by summer

March 20, 2020

The unemployment rate is not the right measure to make economic policy decisions around the coronavirus-driven recession: Policymakers should use the employment rate to continue or stop economic assistance

March 23, 2020

Here are safeguards needed in bailout packages to protect working people and fight corporate greed

March 23, 2020

Fixing unemployment insurance and the coronavirus response

March 23, 2020

The coronavirus economic policy response must include relief and redistribution now and major demand stimulus once the crisis passes

March 24, 2020

The coronavirus crisis led to a record-breaking spike in weekly unemployment insurance claims: An estimated 3.4 million workers filed for unemployment last week

March 24, 2020

Nurses in garbage bags?: Why the Trump administration must use the Defense Production Act to mobilize production of critically needed hospital protective equipment immediately

March 25, 2020

Southern state policymakers must do more to respond to the coronavirus pandemic: Medicaid expansion, emergency paid sick leave, and dedicated public health resources are especially needed

March 25, 2020

States are projected to lose more jobs due to the coronavirus: 14 million jobs could be lost by summer

March 25, 2020

Despite some good provisions, the CARES Act has glaring flaws and falls short of fully protecting workers during the coronavirus crisis

March 25, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic highlights that Americans need more options to vote

March 26, 2020

Without fast action from Congress, low-wage workers will be ineligible for unemployment benefits during the coronavirus crisis

March 27, 2020

Early state unemployment insurance data foreshadow the massive shock the coronavirus is having on state labor markets: The real surge will be seen in next week’s data

March 27, 2020

The CARES Act’s aid to state and local governments isn’t enough to shield vital public services from the coronavirus shock: Lessons from the Great Recession tell us why

March 27, 2020

With smart policy, a temporary collapse in GDP doesn’t have to cause great human suffering

March 29, 2020

EPI President Thea Lee tells MSNBC’s Velshi the coronavirus shines a light on economic inequality in the United States

March 30, 2020

Exposed and underpaid: Women still make less than men, including in sectors especially affected by the coronavirus

March 31, 2020

Older workers can’t work from home and are at a higher risk for COVID-19

March 31, 2020

In midst of a pandemic, Trump’s NLRB makes it nearly impossible for workers to organize a union

March 31, 2020

Nine in 10 farmworkers could be covered by the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act—but not if smaller employers are exempted

March 31, 2020

Unions are giving workers a seat at the table when it comes to the coronavirus response

April 1, 2020

Which data to watch and not watch this week: Watch Thursday’s unemployment insurance claims, not Friday’s jobs day numbers

April 1, 2020

Nearly 20 million workers will likely be laid off or furloughed by July: Updated state numbers project further job losses due to the coronavirus

April 1, 2020

Policymakers twice missed the chance to avert widespread job loss, now they should act to avoid more layoffs

April 2, 2020

Workers exposed to the coronavirus need to be able to protect themselves from illness or death without risking their employment

April 2, 2020

3.5 million workers likely lost their employer-provided health insurance in the past two weeks

April 2, 2020

The Trump NLRB needs to be removed

April 2, 2020

Every state in the country reported its highest initial unemployment claims ever either last week or the week before

April 3, 2020

Higher rates of poverty and incarceration put front-line workers and communities in Southern states at greater risk from the coronavirus

April 3, 2020

How state attorneys general are protecting workers during the coronavirus pandemic

April 3, 2020

The South’s worst unemployment numbers may be yet to come given social distancing delays in the region

April 3, 2020

Why is Trump putting critical protective equipment on layaway at Walmart?

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus job losses for the past two weeks could match two years of the Great Recession’s job losses: Estimates of new claims filed are 10 million

April 6, 2020

Even with already-passed relief and recovery measures, job losses from the coronavirus shock could easily exceed 20 million

April 7, 2020

A ‘phase four’ relief and recovery package should provide economic assistance to state and local governments, extended unemployment benefits, and better protections for workers and jobs

April 7, 2020

Wisconsin’s election during this pandemic shows that limiting voting options is the new form of voter suppression

April 8, 2020

Domestic workers are at risk during the coronavirus crisis: Data show most domestic workers are black, Hispanic, or Asian women

April 8, 2020

How can the U.S. get more transformative with its coronavirus-shock response? With payroll guarantees and an economic ‘deep freeze’ plan.

April 8, 2020

The Wild West: Gig workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic lack basic worker protections

April 9, 2020

At least $500 billion more in coronavirus aid is needed for state and local governments by the end of 2021

April 9, 2020

States continue to see record-high levels of initial unemployment insurance claims, including in the South

April 10, 2020

The next coronavirus relief package must include funding to safeguard our democracy: Voting by mail and online voting must be considered

April 10, 2020

Relief efforts need to do more to protect older workers in a coronavirus economic shutdown

April 13, 2020

Do black economists matter?: The media erasure of black economic voices hurts the hardest-hit communities by the pandemic and society at large

April 13, 2020

A comprehensive U.S. manufacturing policy is needed now more than ever

April 13, 2020

Congress should immediately pass legislation protecting workers’ safety during the coronavirus pandemic

April 14, 2020

The coronavirus will explode achievement gaps in education

April 14, 2020

Trump administration looking to cut the already low wages of H-2A migrant farmworkers while giving their bosses a multibillion-dollar bailout

April 14, 2020

The Trump administration has weakened crucial worker protections needed to combat the coronavirus: Agencies tasked with protecting workers have put them in danger

April 15, 2020

New survey and report reveals mistreatment of H-2A farmworkers is common: The coronavirus puts them further at risk

April 15, 2020

Women have been hit hard by the coronavirus labor market: Their story is worse than industry-based data suggest

April 16, 2020

9.2 million workers likely lost their employer-provided health insurance in the past four weeks

April 16, 2020

Updated state unemployment numbers remain astonishingly high: Six states saw record-high levels of initial unemployment claims last week

April 16, 2020

A coronavirus recovery: How to ensure older workers fully participate

April 17, 2020

Access to online learning amid coronavirus is far from universal, and children who are poor suffer from a digital divide

April 17, 2020

How Southern state policymakers can strengthen democracy and protect voter health during the coronavirus pandemic

April 20, 2020

Weak labor protections have put Midwestern food processing workers at risk for coronavirus

April 20, 2020

Workers Memorial Day highlights Secretary of Labor Scalia’s failure to protect workers during the coronavirus crisis

April 21, 2020

The extreme jobless numbers will lead to a jump in the unemployment rate, but that won’t tell the whole story

April 22, 2020

Trump’s corporate-first agenda has weakened worker protections needed to combat the coronavirus

April 23, 2020

In the last five weeks, more than 24 million workers applied for unemployment insurance benefits

April 23, 2020

New state unemployment numbers show workers continue to file unemployment claims in daunting numbers

April 23, 2020

Trump executive order to suspend immigration would reduce green cards by nearly one-third if extended for a full year

April 27, 2020

The next coronavirus relief package should provide aid to state and local governments, protect employed and unemployed workers, and invest in our democracy

April 28, 2020

Unemployment filing failures: New survey confirms that millions of jobless were unable to file an unemployment insurance claim

April 30, 2020

Nearly 28 million workers applied for unemployment insurance benefits in the last six weeks: Congress must act to mitigate harm from unprecedented joblessness

April 30, 2020

12.7 million workers have likely lost employer-provided health insurance since the coronavirus shock began

April 30, 2020

Updated state unemployment numbers: More than a quarter of the workforce has filed for unemployment in six states

May 1, 2020

Thank you, D.C. Board of Elections, for making voting easier: I dedicate my favorite rap song to you

May 4, 2020

The extra $600 in unemployment insurance has been the best response yet to the economic shock of the coronavirus and should be extended

May 5, 2020

Congress must include worker protections in the next coronavirus relief bill: We need an Essential Workers Bill of Rights

May 7, 2020

Nearly one in five workers applied for state unemployment insurance benefits in the last seven weeks: Congress must act to mitigate harm from unprecedented joblessness

May 7, 2020

What to watch on jobs day: Job losses in April may set U.S. employment levels back 20 years

May 7, 2020

The pandemic sparked more appreciation for teachers, but will it give them a voice in education and their working conditions?

May 8, 2020

Updated state unemployment numbers: Large shares of the labor force have filed for unemployment in every state

May 11, 2020

As economic forecasts worsen, up to $1 trillion in federal aid to state and local governments could be needed by the end of 2021

May 14, 2020

In the last eight weeks, more than one in five workers applied for state unemployment insurance benefits: Congress must act

May 14, 2020

16.2 million workers have likely lost employer-provided health insurance since the coronavirus shock began

May 14, 2020

What to watch for in tomorrow’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey data release: A sharp fall in job openings and hires

May 14, 2020

Six states saw increases in unemployment claims last week: Many workers who are not usually eligible have filed for unemployment

May 15, 2020

Latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey data further illustrate the catastrophic COVID-19 labor market

May 18, 2020

Radical far-right CFPB task force threatens consumer protection

May 19, 2020

A prolonged depression is guaranteed without significant federal aid to state and local governments

May 19, 2020

Who are essential workers?: A comprehensive look at their wages, demographics, and unionization rates

May 20, 2020

Ending offshoring and bringing jobs back home will take more than tweets, press releases, and op-eds

May 20, 2020

The coronavirus recession will become a long depression unless federal policymakers act now

May 21, 2020

Nearly one in four workers has applied for unemployment benefits: Congress must do much, much more

May 21, 2020

More than a quarter of the workforce in 10 states has filed for unemployment

May 26, 2020

Republicans and corporate interests exploit coronavirus crisis to erase companies’ liability

May 27, 2020

Without federal aid, many state and local governments could make the same budget cuts that hampered the last economic recovery

May 27, 2020

Criminalization of black and brown communities in the Midwest adds to public health crisis during COVID-19 pandemic

May 28, 2020

More than one in five workers are either receiving unemployment benefits or waiting for approval: Congress must do much, much more

May 29, 2020

Six states have at least one million workers either receiving regular unemployment benefits or waiting for their claim to be approved

June 3, 2020

Public education job losses in April are already greater than in all of the Great Recession

June 4, 2020

Close to one in four workers are either on unemployment benefits or are waiting to receive them: Congress must take action

June 4, 2020

Release incarcerated Ohioans to flatten the coronavirus curve

June 4, 2020

What to watch on jobs day: The unemployment rate continues to climb but not equally for all demographic groups

June 5, 2020

Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement are linked to historical lynchings: U.S. counties where lynchings were more prevalent from 1877 to 1950 have more officer-involved killings

June 5, 2020

The Fed’s crisis response: Helping corporations, yes, but mostly at the expense of financial predators

June 9, 2020

The U.S. economy remains in an enormous jobs deficit: The labor market was down 15.9 million jobs at the end of April (JOLTS data), and down 19.6 million at the middle of May (jobs data)

June 10, 2020

Without federal aid to state and local governments, 5.3 million workers will likely lose their jobs by the end of 2021: See estimated job losses by state

June 11, 2020

Three months in, the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic continues: More than one in five workers are either on unemployment benefits or are waiting to get on

June 12, 2020

Updated state unemployment numbers: In 10 states, more than one in six workers are receiving or have filed for regular unemployment

June 15, 2020

An open letter to economic institutions in the face of #BlackLivesMatter: Addressed to our allies in the economics community

June 18, 2020

A quarter of a year in, job losses remain at historic levels: More than one in five workers are either on unemployment benefits or are waiting to get on

June 18, 2020

DACA survives at SCOTUS: For now, ‘Dreamers’ will continue to be protected from deportation, but a permanent solution is urgently needed

June 22, 2020

Workers are striking during the coronavirus: Labor law must be reformed to strengthen this fundamental right

June 23, 2020

Trump’s ban on temporary work visas is an attempt to scapegoat immigrants during an economic collapse: Real reform would improve wages and working conditions

June 24, 2020

Now is still a good time to raise the minimum wage

June 25, 2020

‘Black women best’: Why putting Black women first may save us from economic disaster

June 25, 2020

More than three months in, job losses remain at historic levels: Over one in five workers are either on unemployment benefits or are waiting to get on

June 26, 2020

Cutting off the $600 boost to unemployment benefits would be both cruel and bad economics: New personal income data show just how steep the coming fiscal cliff will be

June 26, 2020

Expanded unemployment insurance continues to be a crucial lifeline for millions of workers: See updated state unemployment data

June 29, 2020

Nearly 11% of the workforce is out of work with no reasonable chance of getting called back to a prior job

June 30, 2020

What to watch on jobs day: A false start to the recovery

July 7, 2020

Hires up, layoffs down but more economic pain is on the horizon: Policymakers must act in order to protect workers’ health and economic well-being

July 9, 2020

Almost four months in, joblessness remains at historic levels: Congress must extend the extra $600 in UI benefits, which expires in a little more than two weeks

July 9, 2020

Cuts to the state and local public sector will disproportionately harm women and Black workers

July 10, 2020

Extending the $600 weekly unemployment boost would support millions of workers: See updated state unemployment data

July 16, 2020

Joblessness remains at historic levels: The extra $600 in UI benefits expires next week—Congress must extend it

July 16, 2020

Recovering fully from the coronavirus shock will require large increases in federal debt—and there’s nothing wrong with that

July 21, 2020

Ambitious investments in child and elder care could boost labor supply enough to support 3 million new jobs

July 23, 2020

Joblessness remains at historic levels and there is no evidence UI is disincentivizing work: Congress must extend the extra $600 in UI benefits

July 24, 2020

Cutting UI benefits by $400 per week will significantly harm U.S. families, jobs, and growth: 3.4 million fewer jobs will be created over the next year as a result

July 24, 2020

Why we still need the $600 unemployment benefit

July 28, 2020

What can we learn from the CFPB’s Spring 2020 Unified Agenda entries?

July 28, 2020

Congress has failed to extend additional unemployment benefits as millions of workers across the country file new UI claims

July 28, 2020

The Senate’s failure to act on federal aid to state and local governments jeopardizes veterans’ jobs

July 29, 2020

Protecting workers through publicity during the pandemic

July 29, 2020

State and local governments have lost 1.5 million jobs since February: Federal aid to states and localities is necessary for a strong economic recovery

July 30, 2020

UI claims and GDP growth are historically bad: Now is not the time to cut benefits that are supporting jobs

August 6, 2020

Unemployment insurance claims remain historically high: Congress must reinstate the extra $600 immediately

August 6, 2020

What to watch on jobs day: A stalled recovery

August 11, 2020

Trump’s war on the Postal Service helps corporate rivals at the expense of working families

August 12, 2020

Black women workers are essential during the crisis and for the recovery but still are greatly underpaid

August 13, 2020

Millions of workers are relying on unemployment insurance benefits that are being stalled and slashed

August 14, 2020

Cuts to unemployment benefits harm millions of workers across the country: See updated state unemployment data

August 20, 2020

UI claims remain historically high and the president’s sham executive memorandum is doing next to nothing: Congress must reinstate the $600

August 25, 2020

The Way Out Through State and Local Aid: Bipartisan group of economists breaks down why local governments need aid now

August 27, 2020

UI claims remain historically high and the president’s executive memorandum is doing more harm than good: Congress must reinstate the extra $600

August 28, 2020

Updated state unemployment data: Congress has failed to act as jobless claims remain high and workers scrape by on inadequate unemployment benefits

August 31, 2020

The Milwaukee Bucks’ strike shows what’s possible when workers band together

September 2, 2020

Calling out anti-Blackness in our response to police violence and economic inequality

September 2, 2020

What to Watch on Jobs Day: Widespread economic pain continues in August

September 3, 2020

Total initial UI claims have risen in each of the last four weeks: Congress must act

September 9, 2020

Different economic crisis, same mistake: The Fed cannot make up for the Republican Senate’s inaction

September 10, 2020

UI claims rising as jobs remain scarce: Senate Republicans must stop blocking the restoration of UI benefits

September 10, 2020

What to watch for in the 2019 Census data on earnings, incomes, and poverty

September 14, 2020

Raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2025 will restore bargaining power to workers during the recovery from the pandemic

September 14, 2020

More FAQS on deficits and debt: Where is the money coming from?

September 15, 2020

By the Numbers: Income and Poverty, 2019

September 15, 2020

State and local governments still desperately need federal fiscal aid to prevent harmful austerity measures

September 16, 2020

Racial disparities in income and poverty remain largely unchanged amid strong income growth in 2019

September 16, 2020

Household income gains welcome in 2019 Census data, but may not be as strong as they first appear

September 17, 2020

Half a year into the pandemic and millions of people are unemployed: Congress must provide relief

September 17, 2020

Over 13 million more people would be in poverty without unemployment insurance and stimulus payments: Senate Republicans are blocking legislation proven to reduce poverty

September 17, 2020

President Trump has attacked workers’ safety, wages, and rights since Day One

September 24, 2020

Who are America’s meat and poultry workers?

September 24, 2020

Many workers have exhausted their state’s regular unemployment benefits: The CARES Act provided important UI benefits and Congress must act to extend them

September 25, 2020

At least 33 million workers are being hurt by the coronavirus recession

September 25, 2020

‘We prioritized open bars before giving resources to schools’: How the U.S. coronavirus response has failed students and teachers

September 28, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg understood that unequal power is a workplace reality

September 29, 2020

What to watch on jobs day: Slow closing of the massive jobs deficit

October 1, 2020

With millions of workers receiving unemployment benefits and no end in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress must act

October 1, 2020

The first big gash of austerity: The cutback to the $600 boost to unemployment benefits reduced personal income by $667 billion (annualized) in August

October 6, 2020

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey shows hiring failed to improve: Congress must act to fix massive jobs shortfall

October 7, 2020

What teaching is like during the pandemic—and a reminder that listening to teachers is critical to solving the challenges the coronavirus has brought to public education

October 8, 2020

1.3 million people filed initial unemployment insurance claims last week: It is terrible economics to pause stimulus talks

October 13, 2020

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau leaders should focus on racial and economic inequality

October 15, 2020

30 weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic and workers desperately need stimulus

October 15, 2020

Updated state-level unemployment claims data: Workers across the country need Congress to increase unemployment benefits

October 15, 2020

How much would it cost consumers to give farmworkers a significant raise?: A 40% increase in pay would cost just $25 per household

October 16, 2020

Policy solutions to deal with the nation’s teacher shortage—a crisis made worse by COVID-19

October 21, 2020

The Trump administration was ruining the pre-COVID-19 economy too, just more slowly

October 22, 2020

With millions of people out of work, the Senate’s inaction is not only cruel, it’s bad economics

October 22, 2020

The passage of California’s Proposition 22 would give digital platform companies a free pass to misclassify their workers

October 22, 2020

Fact-checking resources for the 2020 presidential debates

October 26, 2020

Curb your enthusiasm: Rapid third-quarter GDP growth won’t mean the economy has healed

October 26, 2020

Black, Hispanic, and young workers have been left behind by policymakers, but will they vote?

October 27, 2020

Debunking the specious claims underlying Missouri’s anti–collective bargaining law

October 28, 2020

Latina Equal Pay Day: Essential Latina workers face substantial pay gap during COVID-19 pandemic

October 28, 2020

Counties that pivoted to Trump had lower wage growth than other counties

October 29, 2020

Senate Republicans have failed struggling families: It is cruel, and bad economics, to withhold stimulus aid

October 30, 2020

Moral policy = good economics: What’s needed to lift up 140 million poor and low-income people further devastated by the pandemic

November 2, 2020

Heading into election day, at least 30 million workers are being hurt by the coronavirus recession

November 3, 2020

Older workers are voting with an eye on the economy

November 5, 2020

Over a million people still filed initial unemployment claims last week with no COVID-19 relief in sight

November 6, 2020

What the next president inherits: More than 25 million workers are being hurt by the coronavirus downturn

November 10, 2020

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey shows declines in hires: As winter hits, the Biden administration will be facing a mounting, not waning, crisis

November 10, 2020

Voters chose more than just the president: A review of important state ballot initiative outcomes

November 12, 2020

With unemployment benefits for millions of workers set to expire in December, Senate Republicans must stop blocking aid

November 18, 2020

Learning during the pandemic: What decreased learning time in school means for student learning

November 19, 2020

No improvement in initial unemployment claims as labor market gains falter

November 21, 2020

Racism and the Economy: Focus on Employment

November 25, 2020

Unemployment claims rise for second week in a row: Millions will lose federal unemployment benefits in December unless Senate Republicans act

December 1, 2020

Wages for the top 1% skyrocketed 160% since 1979 while the share of wages for the bottom 90% shrunk: Time to remake wage pattern with economic policies that generate robust wage-growth for vast majority

December 2, 2020

Reinstating and extending the pandemic unemployment insurance programs through 2021 could create or save 5.1 million jobs

December 3, 2020

One million people applied for unemployment insurance last week: Unless Congress acts, millions of people will soon be left without a safety net

December 3, 2020

What to watch on jobs day: An unfortunate continued slowing recovery due to the Senate’s inaction

December 4, 2020

The economy President-elect Biden is inheriting: More than 26 million workers—15.5% of the workforce—are being directly hurt by the coronavirus downturn

December 7, 2020

COVID-19 relief should extend CARES Act work-sharing provisions

December 9, 2020

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey continues to show weaker levels of hires than before the recession hit: Any hope for a quick recovery is off the table unless Congress acts now

December 10, 2020

Unemployment claims hit highest level in months: Millions more jobs will be lost if Congress doesn’t act

December 14, 2020

Top 10 EPI reports of 2020

December 14, 2020

The Biden administration can reverse much of Trump’s bad labor policy without Congress

December 15, 2020

Top five EPI blog posts of 2020

December 16, 2020

State attorneys general taking on protection of workers’ rights

December 17, 2020

Unemployment insurance claims continue to climb: Congress must pass a stimulus package to prevent millions of people from being left with nothing

January 7, 2021

First UI claims of 2021 are still higher than the worst of the Great Recession

January 7, 2021

What to watch on jobs day: Little to no improvement in December and huge losses over 2020

January 7, 2021

Teaching at the intersection of social-justice activism and education

January 7, 2021

How to organize in the anti-union South

January 8, 2021

The economy President-elect Biden is inheriting: 26.8 million workers—15.8% of the workforce—are being directly hurt by the coronavirus crisis

January 13, 2021

The Trump administration finalizes rule attacking federal workers’ right to union representation in workplace discrimination cases

January 13, 2021

Twenty states raised their minimum wages on New Year’s Day: Federal action is still needed

January 14, 2021

Unemployment claims increase as COVID-19 surges

January 14, 2021

The U.S. economy could use some ‘overheating’: Biden’s relief and recovery plan meets the scale of the economic crisis

January 18, 2021

Martin Luther King called for leaders with ‘sound integrity’

January 21, 2021

President Biden inherits a weak labor market due to inadequate COVID-19 response: Biden and Congress must make stimulus its first priority

January 28, 2021

1.3 million people applied for unemployment insurance last week: Policymakers must pass crucial relief and recovery measures

February 3, 2021

Learning during the pandemic: Making social and emotional learning front and center

February 4, 2021

Unemployment claims topped 1.1 million last week: Congress must pass bold relief measures to keep crucial programs from expiring

February 4, 2021

What to watch on jobs day: The giant job deficit left by the pandemic

February 4, 2021

The PRO Act is pro-worker: How the act would restore workers’ freedom to form a union

February 5, 2021

The economy Trump handed off to President Biden: 25.5 million workers—15.0% of the workforce—hit by the coronavirus crisis in January

February 5, 2021

The Biden rescue plan is neither risky nor a distraction from structural issues

February 8, 2021

CBO analysis confirms that a $15 minimum wage raises earnings of low-wage workers, reduces inequality, and has significant and direct fiscal effects: Large progressive redistribution of income caused by higher minimum wage leads to significant and cross-cutting fiscal effects

February 9, 2021

A stalled recovery: Hires fall in the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey

February 10, 2021

U.S. trade deficit hits record high in 2020: The Biden administration must prioritize rebuilding domestic manufacturing

February 11, 2021

There are 18 million more continuing UI claims than one year ago: Congress must pass relief package

February 18, 2021

Unemployment insurance claims rose last week: Congress must act before mid-March, or millions will lose benefits

February 18, 2021

Learning during the pandemic: Lessons from the research on education in emergencies for COVID-19 and afterwards

February 23, 2021

Congress should think big about the Postal Service’s future: Policymakers should focus on rebuilding the Postal Service after the Trump years

February 24, 2021

Chump change: The Romney–Cotton minimum wage proposal leaves 27 million workers without a pay increase

February 24, 2021

Projected state and local revenue shortfalls are shrinking, but the value of substantial federal aid to state and local governments is not

February 25, 2021

Nearly a year into the pandemic and unemployment claims remain 17 million above their pre-pandemic levels: Congress must pass $1.9 trillion relief bill

February 26, 2021

Six ways the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act restores workers’ bargaining power

March 2, 2021

What we learned from the UK case rendering Uber drivers employees

March 3, 2021

What to watch on jobs day: Who has been hurt by the pandemic recession—and why we should ignore wage growth for now

March 4, 2021

The Senate must pass the $1.9 trillion relief and recovery plan with the UI provisions extended to October 3

March 8, 2021

AAPI Equal Pay Day: Essential AAPI women workers continue to be underpaid during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 8, 2021

The ‘$15 minimum wage is too expensive for Peoria’ argument doesn’t hold water: Five reasons why

March 8, 2021

Strengthening workers’ right to organize is 50 years overdue

March 9, 2021

Claims of labor shortages in H-2B industries don’t hold up to scrutiny: President Biden should not expand a flawed temporary work visa program

March 11, 2021

Unemployment insurance claims are still about 18 million more than they were a year ago: The new relief and recovery bill will help millions of families

March 11, 2021

Hires continue to slow in the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for January

March 15, 2021

The American Rescue Plan clears a path to recovery for state and local governments and the communities they serve

March 18, 2021

Wages are still too low in H-2B occupations: Updated wage rules could ensure labor standards are protected and migrants are paid fairly

March 18, 2021

Three reasons why the PRO Act won’t destroy freelancing or the gig economy

March 23, 2021

Agricultural employers are asking the Supreme Court to make it harder for farmworkers suffering from poor pay and working conditions to unionize

March 25, 2021

One year later, unemployment insurance claims remain sky-high

March 29, 2021

Amazon’s anti-union campaign is part of a long history of employer opposition to organizing: Passing the PRO Act would be a critical first step

March 30, 2021

Justice for Asian Americans requires greater understanding and addressing economic realities beyond stereotypes

March 31, 2021

Next round of recovery spending is about meeting social needs, not filling macroeconomic gaps

March 31, 2021

The H-1B visa program remains the “outsourcing visa”: More than half of the top 30 H-1B employers were outsourcing firms

April 1, 2021

Businesses can thrive with a higher minimum wage, and government can help

April 1, 2021

What to watch on jobs day: Signs of an improving labor market

April 2, 2021

Strong job growth in March as vaccine distribution expands and the American Rescue Plan ramps up

April 5, 2021

Calls to establish a regionally adjusted federal minimum wage are dangerously misguided

April 6, 2021

Job openings and hires ticked up in February

April 12, 2021

Lower unionization over the last 40 years decreased wages by 7.9%

April 12, 2021

The American Jobs Plan’s tax provisions are valuable but not the limit on possible spending

April 13, 2021

Today’s inflation data show zero sign of sustained economic overheating

April 13, 2021

We need a vaccine for false narratives about racial disparities: Taking statistics with a dose of history and context will bolster economic and racial justice for Black workers

April 14, 2021

Powerful government policy segregated us; the same can desegregate us, says Color of Law author Richard Rothstein

April 15, 2021

How Amazon gerrymandered the union vote—and won

April 22, 2021

A farewell from EPI’s President

April 23, 2021

New personal income data show the need for broad and permanent unemployment insurance reform

April 27, 2021

Up to 390,000 federal contractors will see a raise under the Biden-Harris executive order

April 28, 2021

The Biden-Harris administration’s first 100 days: How to assess progress for workers

April 29, 2021

The carceral state and the labor market

May 4, 2021

U.S. labor shortage? Unlikely. Here’s why

May 5, 2021

When corporations deceive and cheat workers, consumer laws should be used to protect workers

May 6, 2021

What to watch on jobs day: An improving labor market, but rising long-term unemployment and a significant jobs shortfall are still causes for concern

May 7, 2021

While a disappointing jobs report, job gains in leisure and hospitality respond to increased demand in April

May 7, 2021

This Mother’s Day, recognize care work as the work that powers our economy

May 11, 2021

Job openings surged in March as the economy continues to recover from the pandemic 

May 11, 2021

Restaurant labor shortages show little sign of going economywide: Policymakers must not rein in stimulus or unemployment benefits

May 12, 2021

Illinois extended unemployment benefits to school workers in the summer, and Minnesota should follow suit

May 19, 2021

New York included undocumented immigrants in pandemic aid, and 290,000 workers will benefit: Other states should replicate the program

May 26, 2021

There is no justification for cutting federal unemployment benefits: The latest state jobs data show the economy has not fully recovered

May 27, 2021

Preliminary data show CEO pay jumped nearly 16% in 2020, while average worker compensation rose 1.8%

May 28, 2021

President Biden’s budget shows what true ‘fiscal responsibility’ means: Pushing the economy closer to full employment, reducing inequality, and measuring the debt burden more accurately

June 1, 2021

Labor rights and civil rights: One intertwined struggle for all workers 

June 2, 2021

Only one in five workers are working from home due to COVID: Black and Hispanic workers are less likely to be able to telework

June 2, 2021

What if it’s not a labor shortage, but just the return of tipping customers driving wage growth in restaurants?

June 3, 2021

What to watch on jobs day: Missing expectations for job growth isn’t worrisome—yet

June 4, 2021

May jobs report is a promising sign that the recovery is on track: Initial comments from EPI economists

June 8, 2021

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for April shows an economic recovery gaining steam

June 9, 2021

A real ‘party of the working class’ wouldn’t attack the Affordable Care Act

June 11, 2021

Inflation—sources, consequences, and appropriate policy remedies

June 23, 2021

Disappointing Supreme Court decision makes it harder for farmworkers to unionize

June 25, 2021

Job and wage growth do not point to an economywide labor shortage

July 2, 2021

June jobs report shows strong growth and the promise of recovery: Initial comments from EPI economists

July 7, 2021

May Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey shows job openings held steady and quits dropped

July 14, 2021

Policymakers cannot relegate another generation to underresourced K–12 education because of an economic recession

July 15, 2021

Civil monetary penalties for labor violations are woefully insufficient to protect workers

July 16, 2021

Care workers are deeply undervalued and underpaid: Estimating fair and equitable wages in the care sectors

July 20, 2021

Worker-led state and local policy victories in 2021 showcase potential for an equitable recovery

July 20, 2021

The farmworker wage gap continued in 2020: Farmworkers and H-2A workers earned very low wages during the pandemic, even compared with other low-wage workers

July 22, 2021

The minimum wage has lost 21% of its value since Congress last raised the wage

July 28, 2021

As Arkansas and Missouri see a rise in COVID-19 cases, more economic protections are needed

July 29, 2021

Worker protection agencies need more funding to enforce labor laws and protect workers

August 2, 2021

Black women face a persistent pay gap, including in essential occupations during the pandemic

August 4, 2021

State and local American Rescue Plan funds should be used to support an equitable recovery for workers

August 6, 2021

July jobs report shows an economy on track to recover five times as fast as the Great Recession recovery

August 9, 2021

The racist campaign against ‘critical race theory’ threatens democracy and economic transformation

August 9, 2021

June Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey shows an uptick in hires and quits, while layoffs dropped

August 11, 2021

July inflation data show the lowest monthly gain in consumer prices since February

August 11, 2021

Richard Trumka was a champion for workers’ rights: Passing the PRO Act was one of his top priorities

August 24, 2021

Cutting unemployment insurance benefits did not boost job growth: July state jobs data show a widespread recovery

August 25, 2021

A century after the Battle of Blair Mountain, protecting workers’ right to organize has never been more important

September 1, 2021

Bargaining over COVID-19 vaccine requirements doesn’t mean unions oppose mandates: EPI’s Dave Kamper provides a Twitter reality check

September 2, 2021

What to watch on jobs day: Labor market growth may slow as the Delta variant surged in August

September 2, 2021

Growing inequalities, reflecting growing employer power, have generated a productivity–pay gap since 1979: Productivity has grown 3.5 times as much as pay for the typical worker

September 3, 2021

Disappointing job growth in August as the Delta variant surged

September 8, 2021

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey reflects labor market before August’s Delta variant surge

September 14, 2021

The 2020 Census report highlights the costs of the pandemic and benefits of early policy safety net measures

September 14, 2021

By the Numbers: Income and Poverty, 2020

September 14, 2021

Social insurance programs cushioned the blow of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

September 15, 2021

Immigration reform would be a boon to U.S. economy and must be part of the $3.5 trillion budget resolution: Senate parliamentarian would be wrong to rule otherwise

September 16, 2021

Black and brown workers saw the weakest wage gains over a 40-year period in which employers failed to increase wages with productivity

September 16, 2021

Pandemic-related economic insecurity among Black and Hispanic households would have been worse without a swift policy response

September 17, 2021

All pain and no gain: Unemployment benefit cuts will lower annual incomes by $144.3 billion and consumer spending by $79.2 billion

September 24, 2021

Two-thirds of low-wage workers still lack access to paid sick days during an ongoing pandemic

September 27, 2021

Abolish the debt ceiling before it commits austerity again: The GOP used the debt ceiling to force spending cuts in 2011. It can’t be allowed again.

October 6, 2021

What to watch on jobs day: A seasonal swing in public-sector education employment

October 7, 2021

Cutting the reconciliation bill to $1.5 trillion would support nearly 2 million fewer jobs per year

October 8, 2021

Weak job growth in September as Delta variant leaves its mark

October 12, 2021

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey reflects a decline in both job openings and hires after Delta variant surge

October 13, 2021

Few Midwestern states are providing premium pay to essential workers, despite American Rescue Plan funding

October 20, 2021

Latina Equal Pay Day: Latina workers remain greatly underpaid, including in front-line occupations

November 2, 2021

Yes, the Build Back Better Act is fully paid for

November 3, 2021

New analyses of minimum wage increases in Minneapolis and Saint Paul are misleading, flawed, and should be ignored

November 3, 2021

The Build Back Better Act’s macroeconomic boost looks more valuable by the day

November 4, 2021

What to watch on jobs day: October job growth expected to mildly improve as COVID-19 caseloads recede

November 5, 2021

Solid job growth in October as the recent surge in the pandemic recedes

November 8, 2021

Alabama is making a costly mistake on COVID-19 recovery funds. Here’s a better path forward.

November 10, 2021

October inflation spike is not driven by economic overheating

November 10, 2021

The Build Back Better Act will support 2.3 million jobs per year in its first five years

November 12, 2021

Quits hit record high in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey with little change in job openings and hires

November 12, 2021

Fiscal policy and inflation: A look at the American Rescue Plan’s impact and what it means for the Build Back Better Act

November 16, 2021

The Post Office at a crossroads

November 19, 2021

States are choosing employers over workers by using COVID relief funds to pay off unemployment insurance debt: Policymakers shouldn’t be afraid to increase taxes on employers to improve unemployment insurance

November 22, 2021

Up to 390,000 federal contractors will benefit from a $15 minimum wage starting in January

November 29, 2021

State and local enforcers standing up to protect workers: Misclassifying workers ‘a pattern of deceit’

December 2, 2021

What to watch on jobs day: 2021 job growth on pace to exceed 6 million jobs by November

December 3, 2021

Jobs report tells two different stories of the November labor market

December 7, 2021

State attorney general addresses extreme underpayment of immigrant detainees: A snapshot of state and local enforcement actions to protect workers

December 8, 2021

Job openings rose and quits fell in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for October

December 13, 2021

Wage inequality continued to increase in 2020: Top 1.0% of earners see wages up 179% since 1979 while share of wages for bottom 90% hits new low

December 16, 2021

Top EPI reports of 2021 focused on economic injustice and its remedies

December 17, 2021

Top five EPI blog posts of 2021

December 20, 2021

OSHA vaccine-or-test mandate is smart public policy

December 21, 2021

EPI’s top charts of 2021

December 21, 2021

An economic recovery for whom?: Black women’s employment gaps show important differences in recovery rates

December 23, 2021

States are sitting on American Rescue Plan funds that could help against the Omicron variant

January 4, 2022

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey: Quits hit new high, but hiring was even higher in November

January 4, 2022

More worker power is the only sure path to safe work and pandemic recovery

January 6, 2022

What to watch on jobs day: A strong finish to 2021, but Omicron’s impact looms

January 6, 2022

State attorney general takes action to protect workers against COVID-19: A snapshot of state and local enforcement actions across the country 

January 6, 2022

Twenty-one states raised their minimum wages on New Year’s Day: Federal action is still needed

January 7, 2022

December jobs report a tale of two surveys: Payroll survey falls below expectations, but household survey shows strong growth

January 13, 2022

The Freedom to Vote Act would boost voter participation and fulfill the goals of the March on Selma

January 14, 2022

New U.S. Treasury final rule supports state and local spending for an equitable economic recovery

January 19, 2022

Tariff increases did not cause inflation, and their removal would undermine domestic supply chains

January 21, 2022

U.S. workers have already been disempowered in the name of fighting inflation: Policymakers should not make it even worse by raising interest rates too aggressively

January 27, 2022

Chicago and New York take action to protect domestic workers: A snapshot of state and local enforcement actions across the country

January 28, 2022

Up to 390,000 federal contractors will get a raise starting next week

January 31, 2022

The Biden administration’s Federal Reserve nominees are highly qualified and deserve a fair hearing

February 1, 2022

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey: Layoffs rate hits historic low while hires and quits declined

February 3, 2022

What to watch on jobs day: Omicron will weigh heavily on the labor market

February 4, 2022

Strong job growth despite Omicron shows the strength of this recovery

February 7, 2022

The unequal toll of COVID-19 on workers

February 7, 2022

Inflation and the policy response in 2022

February 9, 2022

Project labor agreements on federal construction projects will benefit nearly 200,000 workers

February 11, 2022

Profits, wages, and inflation: What’s really going on

February 15, 2022

U.S. trade deficits hit record highs in 2021: More effective trade, industrial, and currency policies are needed to create more domestic manufacturing jobs

February 18, 2022

How public-sector workers are building power in Virginia

February 22, 2022

Enforcers take action to protect workers from workplace violations at Domino’s and Family Dollar stores: A snapshot of state and local enforcement actions across the country

February 28, 2022

Congress should boost NLRB funding to protect workers’ well-being

March 3, 2022

What to watch on jobs day: The economy is recovering fast because federal relief matched the scale of the crisis

March 4, 2022

Jobs report: The labor market continues its strong and speedy recovery because federal relief matched the scale of the crisis

March 9, 2022

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey: Hires and separations were little changed as quits declined

March 10, 2022

Equal Pay Day: There has been little progress in closing the gender wage gap

March 11, 2022

One year in, the American Rescue Plan has fueled a fast recovery: Policymakers should use remaining ARPA funds in 2022 to make transformative investments that will build a more equitable economy

March 16, 2022

Building back better means raising wages for public-sector workers

March 21, 2022

The Biden administration can stop H-1B visas from fueling outsourcing: Half of the top 30 H-1B employers were outsourcing firms in 2021

March 23, 2022

Enforcers take action to protect building superintendents and grocery and construction workers: A snapshot of state and local enforcement actions across the country

March 29, 2022

Biden can fix the anti-worker H-1B immigration visa scam

March 29, 2022

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey: Job openings were little changed while hires edged up

April 1, 2022

March jobs report shows strong growth as the labor market continues to recover at a rapid pace

April 8, 2022

Child care and elder care investments are a tool for reducing inflationary expectations without pain

April 21, 2022

Corporate profits have contributed disproportionately to inflation. How should policymakers respond?

April 26, 2022

Stagnant topcode thresholds threaten data reliability for the highest earners and make inequality difficult to accurately measure

April 28, 2022

This Workers Memorial Day, honor lives lost by joining workers’ fight for a future that includes safe work

April 29, 2022

Much has changed since the first May Day, but building worker power and combating racism and xenophobia remain just as important

May 3, 2022

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey: Job openings and quits edged up to series highs for March

May 5, 2022

What to watch on jobs day: Wage growth continues to lag inflation

May 6, 2022

Job growth remains strong in April as wage growth cools

May 6, 2022

Strong and equitable unemployment insurance systems require broadening the UI tax base

May 12, 2022

Wage growth has been dampening inflation all along—and has slowed even more recently

May 12, 2022

The U.S. tax code functionally rewards corporations who use anti-union consultants: Congress must take action

May 13, 2022

No more union-busting. It’s time for companies to give their workers what they deserve

May 16, 2022

Ignoring the role of profits makes inflation analyses a lot weaker

May 18, 2022

Abortion rights are economic rights: Overturning Roe v. Wade would be an economic catastrophe for millions of women

May 20, 2022

Following Dr. Lisa Cook’s historic confirmation to the Federal Reserve Board, we must acknowledge the importance of Black economists for public policy and the economy

May 20, 2022

Guest post: Food insufficiency in families with children increased after expiration of Child Tax Credit monthly payments

May 23, 2022

The future of work depends on stopping Amazon’s union busting: Shareholders and policymakers must all play a role in protecting Amazon workers’ rights

Glossary of terms

Presidential memorandum: Directive by the president used to govern the actions of government officials and agencies; does not need to be published unless the president determines that the memo has “general applicability and legal effect.”

Executive order: Directive by the president used to govern or direct actions of government officials or agencies; must be published in the Federal Register.

Statement of administration policy: Formal means through which the president comments on legislation pending before Congress; indicates intent to support or veto a measure.

Congressional Review Act (CRA): Oversight tool which provides for a special set of procedures for considering a joint resolution disapproving an agency final rule. It requires only a majority vote in the Senate.  Enactment of a CRA joint resolution of disapproval blocks the rule from taking effect and, when a rule has already taken effect, it prohibits the rule from continuing to be in effect.

Joint resolution: Legislative measure which, with one exception (constitutional amendment), requires approval of both chambers of Congress and is submitted to the president for signature into law.