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”
Illinois has not experienced the same attacks on worker rights and collective bargaining as many neighboring states. While some of Illinois’ elected officials have attempted to enact so-called “right-to-work” zones in Illinois and have eliminated project labor agreements (PLAs) on state … Continue reading Unions Boost Wages by 11% in Illinois
State-Level Comparison Highlights Negative Effects of Wisconsin’s Anti-Labor Push Continue reading “New Studies Show that Stronger Unions Produce Faster Wage Growth”
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
How might the U.S. labor movement respond to the Supreme Court striking down Abood and ruling against fair share fees in Janus? ILEPI’s Frank Manzo IV takes a look.
A new report finds that a Janus decision against fair share fees would lower public sector worker earnings and have negative impacts on the U.S. economy. According to the Wall Street Journal, the “study says the expected outcome of the Janus case will shrink public-sector labor unions in 23 states.”
It is tax season once again. By this time next week, millions of Illinois households will file their state and federal income tax forms. With Tax Day one week away, the Illinois Economic Policy Institute asks: How did you do in 2017? Continue reading “Filing Taxes this Week? See Where You Stand in Illinois”
Economic data show that prevailing wage laws shrink racial income gaps in construction. Continue reading “People of Color Benefit from Prevailing Wage Laws”
On Tuesday, February 27, the Labor and Commerce Committee in the Illinois House held a hearing titled “Impacts of Repealing the Prevailing Wage.” Frank Manzo IV, MPP, Policy Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI); Robert Bruno, Ph.D., Director of the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois; and Kevin Duncan, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at Colorado State University-Pueblo submitted testimonies.
The following article provides condensed versions of those testimonies.