Between one-third and one-half of the rise in income inequality in America is due to the declining real value of the minimum wage. Continue reading “Boost Worker Incomes by Raising Illinois’ Minimum Wage”
Which occupations in Illinois are the highest-paying? Look to management, medicine, and STEM. Continue reading “40 Occupations That Pay Over $100,000 in Illinois”
- More Missouri voters cast ballots in the Proposition A referendum to approve or reject “right-to-work” than voted for a candidate for U.S. Senate.
- The pro-union gap was 20 percentage points.
- 86% of Republican-majority counties in Missouri voted against “right-to-work.”
A new study by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign finds that the Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance has had positive impacts on incomes and no effect on employment in the city.
- Higher incomes for workers with no effect on business or employment growth
- City minimum wage will rise to $12 an hour on July 1
International Women’s Day Sharpens Focus on Gender Inequality at Work
Economic data show that prevailing wage laws shrink racial income gaps in construction. Continue reading “People of Color Benefit from Prevailing Wage Laws”
Two January 2018 working papers find that unions have important social impacts in America. The first finds that union members individually contribute about $1,300 more per year to public budgets than non-union workers. The second finds that so-called “right-to-work” laws reduce voter turnout by 2-3 percentage points because working-class Americans are less likely to be contacted through union get-out-the-vote efforts. These studies have important policy implications. Continue reading “Unions Improve Public Budgets and Increase Voter Turnout”
The Illinois Prevailing Wage Act is good for workers, businesses, and families in Illinois. For proof, all we have to do is look to our neighbors in Indiana, where prevailing wage was repealed in July 2015.
A new report released by the Illinois Policy Institute on prevailing wage is factually inaccurate. Here’s why.
“Shoring up the middle means making bad jobs better, keeping good jobs good, and supporting the growth of the economy as a whole.” Continue reading “University of Illinois Report Takes the Pulse of Illinois’ Shrinking Middle Class”
A new study finds that the introduction of “right-to-work” laws has reduced the unionization rate by 2.1 percentage points and lowered worker wages by 2.6% in Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.