ReportWisconsin's Middle Class
Wisconsin’s strong and vibrant middle class didn’t just happen. It was built brick by brick by the hard work of our parents and grandparents and the strength in numbers that came from the unions that represented them. From the first unemployment compensation law in the U.S. in 1932 to the first public employee collective bargaining act in the nation (1959), Wisconsin’s unions made sure that as our nation's wealth and productivity grew, so too did the economic prosperity, security, and resiliency of the people who worked hard to create that wealth. For decades, the unions of Wisconsin’s workers guaranteed that prosperity was widely shared and that communities flourished—wages increased and more employers provided their workers with health insurance, pensions, and paid time off.Download:
VideoSpeak Out for Jobs Now! Minneapolis, MN
ReportMinnesota's Middle Class
The American Dream used to mean that if you put in a hard day's work, you could expect good wages, benefits, and a better life for your kids. But the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middle-class life in return for hard work are in short supply—unemployment is up, earnings are down, and hard-won benefits are being lost. The future of the middle class, which has been the backbone of Minnesota's economy for more than half a century, is at risk.Download:
ReportMichigan's Middle Class
The American Dream used to mean that if you put in a hard day's work, you could expect good wages, benefi ts, and a better life for your kids. But the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middle-class life in return for hard work are in short supply in Michigan—the state's unemployment rate is one of the nation's highest, earnings have dropped below the national median, and hard-won health and retirement benefi ts are being lost. The future of the middle class, which has been the backbone of Michigan's economy for more than half a century, is at risk.Download:
VideoThe End of the American Dream?
Good Jobs Now! Rebuild the American Dream
It used to be that we all knew what a good American job was: a fair wage for a hard day's work, health care to take care of our families, and the chance to build a better life for ourselves and our kids. But now, while politicians bicker over how to fix the economy, millions of Americans outside have watched these good jobs slip further away from their grasp. In fact, more Americans are falling out of the middle class than joining it. Its time to start demanding that our leaders in Washington take action.
The American economy has doubled over the past 30 years, and American workers have been more productive than at any point in our history. Yet our hardworking men and women have not seen a dime of the additional wealth they produced. Instead, the richest Wall Street speculators and corporate CEOs have taken the gains from this productivity and used it to buy political influence and rewrite all the rules.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Millions of Americans across the country are uniting, demanding good jobs now! We don't expect our elected officials to do everything right, but we do expect them to do right by us. Good middle-class jobs are the backbone of this country and our leaders need to show the backbone to defend it. It’s time older workers stopped living with insecurity about their paychecks. It’s time younger Americans could look forward to their first job. It’s time America work for those who work for a living.