Issue Briefs

Below you'll find issue briefs, fact sheets and “101s” that cover the basics of organizing, labor law and other issues impacting working people.

Strikes 101

April 12, 2016

A strike is the most recognizable and publicized element of a workplace dispute, but it’s also one of the most confusing and misunderstood. This simple guide helps clarify what a strike is and what’s involved. What is a strike? A strike occurs when a team of people withhold labor in… Read More»


Defending the Public Sector

February 9, 2016

Download this compilation of data and resources for advocates defending the public sector and the men and women who work in public service. Download Defending the Public Sector


The Facts on the WAGE Act

September 16, 2015

On September 16, Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Bobby Scott introduced the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act – legislation that would ensure that working people can join together without fear of reprisal to win improvements on the job, including higher wages, benefits and better working conditions. This… Read More»


Collective Bargaining 101

August 3, 2015

What is collective bargaining? Collective bargaining is the formal process of negotiation between an employer and a group of employees—often with their union representative—that sets the terms and conditions of work. Collective bargaining results in a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), a legally binding agreement that lays out policies agreed to… Read More»


Wages, Hours and Scheduling: An Issue Brief

June 5, 2014

Updated March 2016 Existing labor and employment laws dictate fundamental baseline employment standards, but often fail to ensure that working people can secure a decent standard of living. Today, less than 13 percent of the U.S. workforce has the power to improve their wages and working conditions through collective bargaining.… Read More»


Wall Street: The Real University President

May 22, 2014

Wall Street continues to eye higher education investments as a new way to increase their bottom line. As college costs increase and students go further into debt, Wall Street has made a killing on profits from higher education spending while students and taxpayers foot the bill. Below are some shocking… Read More»


Unionbusters 101

March 13, 2014

This primer on unionbusting answers frequently asked questions about the companies and firms who are set on opposing unions. Check out Unions 101 and Strikes 101 too! What Is Unionbusting? The term unionbusting describes the planned course of action to stop workers from organizing a union or to destroy a… Read More»