Research on Unions

We are proud to work at an organization that has consistently published timely, authoritative, and independent research that demonstrates the value of unions. Brookings is an intellectual home for policy ideas that empower working people, and we know that living our values by forming a union will only strengthen our scholarship.

Know Your Price

“The establishment of a Black middle class through the formation of labor unions characterized the turn of the twentieth century in Birmingham” “The proliferation of

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Who watches out for workers?

“The decline in union coverage matters in part because of the essential role unions play in helping to reduce wage inequality.” “Among the most fundamental

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Bargaining for the American Dream

“This report examines the relationship between mobility and another variable that Chetty and his co-authors did not consider: union membership. The analysis in this report

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Unions Boost Economic Opportunity

“A growing body of research shows that high inequality creates barriers to economic mobility, particularly for disadvantaged children.  Institutions that boost mobility and opportunity are

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