Economic Policy Institute

A group of strikers in support of a strike in Alabama seeking better wages.

Alabama unions grapple with right-to-work laws

BY: - September 4, 2023

Alabama occupies an unusual place when it comes to unions. The state’s unionization rate is low compared to the rest of the nation. In 2022, about 7.2% of Alabama’s workforce (149,000 workers) belonged to a union, with 8.4% (173,000 workers) represented by one, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was lower […]

Kamala Harris, standing behind a podium and gesturing.

VP Kamala Harris unveils new wage rule for federal projects

BY: - August 9, 2023

Construction workers who work on federal projects are poised to receive better wages and worker protections under a Department of Labor rule touted by Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday. Speaking at a union hall in Philadelphia, Harris praised the Biden administration’s economic agenda and pointed out that the new rule would be the first […]

A man in an apron and mask serves drinks to people sitting outside a restaurant in New York City.

Despite pandemic pay boost, low-wage workers still can’t afford basic needs

BY: - July 10, 2023

Employers grappling with a nationwide labor shortage gave low-wage workers the largest pay increases in most states between 2019 and last year. But even so, many of those workers — more than 40% of all U.S. households, by one estimate — are struggling to cover the inflated costs of basic expenses. In the past several […]

A "Now Hiring" sign

Economy adds more jobs in June even as hiring slows

BY: - July 7, 2023

Although hiring inched down in June, the U.S. labor market is still showing signs of strength, with unemployment falling and earnings continuing to rise, the latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor showed. The economy added 209,000 jobs as the unemployment rate fell to 3.6% from 3.7% in May. “In excess of 200,000, […]