Research

The Facts on the New NLRB Union Election Rule

December 12, 2014

On December 12, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced its adoption of a final rule to modernize and streamline the process for resolving union representation disputes. The long overdue rule, taking effect on April 14, 2015, will reduce a number of obstacles working people face when trying to form… Read More»


Who’s Behind the Rise of Student Loan Defaults?

June 25, 2014

We’ve all heard about the meteoric rise of student debt: it now totals over $1.2 trillion and affects more than 40 million Americans. And while stories often focus on the unsustainable rise in college tuition costs and the incredible pace at which this debt multiplies, we must also pay close… Read More»


New Report Uncovers the Real Costs of Outsourcing Public Services

March 11, 2014

The call for outsourcing or contracting out of government services is often made through an appeal of cost savings to taxpayers. Since the Great Recession, state and local governments facing budget challenges are increasingly shifting the delivery of public services – from school bus drivers to accountants and trash haulers… Read More»


What Happens If There’s No One Policing the Workplace

May 2, 2013

The federal agency charged with protecting employees’ rights to collectively improve their job standards is in limbo. That’s great news for unscrupulous employers who want to take advantage of workers, but it serves as a wake-up call for those of us who care about workers’ rights. In January 2013, the… Read More»


Resources on Contingent Employment and Misclassification

July 31, 2012

Contingent workers are those not employed in traditional, full-time jobs that are expected to last. This term also covers workers who are subcontracted, employed by temp agencies, or work as independent contractors. While widely accepted as a standard business practice to enable flexibility in hiring, employers are increasingly exploiting workers… Read More»


New Research Highlights the Value of Unions to Child Care Providers

May 23, 2012

When child care providers have the right to form unions, it helps to stabilize conditions, improve job satisfaction, and raise wages to appropriate levels—all of which are vital to providing the best possible care for children. In-home child care providers face very low pay and poor access to benefits and… Read More»


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