Unions Make Democracy Work for the Middle Class

Source: David Madland, Nick Bunker, Center for American Progress, January 25, 2012

From the summary:
Even though unions weakened, they are still critically important to the middle class: The states with the lowest percentage of workers in unions–North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas–all have relatively weak middle classes. In each of these states, the share of income going to the middle class (the middle 60 percent of the population by income) is below the national average, according to Census Bureau figures.

This issue brief digs deeper into these findings by highlighting the critical role that unions play in making the political system work for the middle class. They do this in two key ways: increasing voter participation and advocating for policies that help the middle class.

As an increasing number of citizens feel their democracy is no longer responsive to their needs, the role unions play is ever more important.

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