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Union workers are paid 11.2% more, have greater access to health insurance and paid sick days than their nonunion counterparts

September 7, 2020 – A new report by the Economic Policy Institute discusses the importance of unions and workers’ collective action in establishing an equitable economy, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. The authors find that unionized workers earn on average 11.2% more in wages than nonunionized peers (workers in the same industry and occupation with similar education […]

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Unemployment insurance provides far too little to pay basic expenses for working families across the country

August 13, 2020 – New data from the Center for American Progress, Economic Policy Institute Policy Center, and the Progressive Caucus Action Fund show that existing state unemployment insurance (UI) leaves working families thousands of dollars in the red each month. On July 31, the GOP-led Senate allowed Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation—the $600-per-week boost to unemployment insurance Congress […]

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Report:Trump’s trade policies have cost thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs

August 10, 2020 – A new report by EPI Senior Economist and Director of Trade and Manufacturing Research Robert E. Scott finds that President Trump’s trade policies have failed to curb offshoring—and they have not addressed the root causes of America’s growing trade deficits and the decline of American manufacturing. In addition to the Trump administration’s overall […]

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The coronavirus shock was historically large—and the bounceback has already likely stalled

Commerce department data released today confirmed what everybody already knew: gross domestic product collapsed faster in the second quarter of 2020 than it has in any other recorded quarter of U.S. history. (This data has been tracked quarterly since 1947.) The U.S. GDP, the widest measure of economic activity, contracted at a 32.9% annualized rate […]

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Thea M. Lee: The GOP HEALS Act fails to heal people harmed by the coronavirus, will cost millions of jobs, and protects bad employers

July 28, 2020 –Thea Lee is the president of the Economic Policy Institute. Yesterday, Senate Republicans unveiled their coronavirus relief plan—almost two and a half months after the House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act. Aside from the reckless and unconscionable delay, the HEALS Act fails miserably on two crucial objectives: supporting the people most harmed by […]

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Racism and economic inequality have predisposed black workers be most hurt by coronavirus pandemic

June 1, 2020 – A new report by director of EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy Valerie Wilson and senior economist Elise Gould explores how racial and economic inequality have left many black workers with few good options for protecting both their health and economic well-being during the coronavirus pandemic. Persistent racial disparities in health […]

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Over 180 groups urge House & Senate leadership to pass $500 billion in unrestricted aid to states, territories, and local governments

April 14, 2020 – Over 180 organizations across the United States, including the Economic Policy Institute, signed a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership urging them to quickly pass $500 billion in unrestricted aid to states, territories, and local governments. While the first three federal bills included vital resources for the important work of state, territorial, […]

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Heidi Shierholz | A portrait of disaster: Unemployment insurance claims jump from 211,000 to 6.6 million in 3 weeks

April 2, 2020 – This morning, the Department of Labor (DOL) released data on initial unemployment insurance (UI) claims, showing that UI claims jumped from 211,000 in the week ending March 7th to 6.6 million in the week ending March 28th. This is more than a 3,000% increase in three weeks. This kind of upending of the labor […]

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Direct federal grants to state and local governments are the most progressive and effective way to fund public investments

December 18, 2019 – A new report by EPI Director of Research Josh Bivens examines how to make federal aid to state and local governments more transparent, effective, and responsive to recessions. Bivens explains that in 2018, state and local governments alone spent roughly $2.8 trillion, or almost 14% of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), […]

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Report: NLRB’s General Counsel erroneously misclassifies Uber drivers as independent contractors

Sept. 20, 2019 – A new report by EPI Distinguished Fellow Lawrence Mishel and Director of Government Affairs Celine McNicholas critiques a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel advice memo that claims Uber drivers should be considered independent contractors rather than employees. The authors argue that even if you accept the legal framework […]

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Teachers are paid almost 19 percent less than similar workers

Sept. 5, 2018 – In a new paper, EPI Distinguished Fellow Lawrence Mishel and UC Berkeley Economist and EPI Research Associate Sylvia Allegretto find that teachers’ wages and compensation continue to fall relative to comparable workers. When adjusted for education, experience, and demographic factors, teachers earned 4.3 percent less than other workers in 1996, while in 2017 […]

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Report: Other states should follow CA’s lead and pass laws to protect labor standards for unauthorized immigrant workers

March 23, 2018 – A new report by EPI’s Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research Daniel Costa argues that California’s immigration laws may offer unauthorized immigrant workers improved protections from retaliation in the workplace and increase their ability to access justice. Unauthorized immigrants make up 5 percent of the total U.S. labor force and […]

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Josh Bivens: It’s time for corporations to pay their fair share of taxes

May 22, 2017 – It is often claimed that American corporate tax rates are much-higher than our international peers, and that this has harmed U.S. corporations’ competitiveness. However, these claims are both factually incorrect and economically meaningless. On the facts, while the statutory corporate tax rate in the United States is 35 percent, after loopholes […]

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Report: Trump’s AHCA would cost Americans roughly $33 billion a year in higher out-of-pocket costs by 2026

March 22, 2017 – Despite false rhetoric that current law burdens American households with high out-of-pocket costs, the replacement plan put forth by President Trump and Republicans in Congress, known as the American Health Care Act (ACHA), would substantially increase out-of-pocket costs. According to a new analysis by EPI Research Director Josh Bivens, Americans would […]

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Report: Voucher programs don’t improve education and have important downsides

Feb. 28, 2017 – In a new report, Stanford professor and EPI research associate Martin Carnoy finds that voucher programs that promote private schooling have not delivered on promised improvements in educational outcomes. Rather, they tend to divert effort away from investments in public education that have been shown to improve educational attainments. Carnoy reviews […]

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