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Retailer Revelations

book_alt2 icon Report America’s retailers need a strong and expanding middle class. That’s why it’s time for retailers to back a policy agenda that addresses middle-class weakness and stagnant wages, which will boost the economy and grow corporate bottom lines.

By Brendan Duke and Ike Lee | Monday, October 13, 2014

Construction workers prep wire for installing.

National Standards for Strong Apprenticeships

article icon Issue Brief Employer-written national guideline standards can strengthen America’s apprenticeship system.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Why Millennials Aren’t Saving for Retirement—and What We Can Do to Change That

Millennials are saving less for retirement than older generations, threatening the long-term financial security of the youngest generation of American workers.

By Ben Schwartz and Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Apprentices with Ocean Spray Cranberries attend a ceremony

The Underuse of Apprenticeships in America

bars icon Charts The United States lags behind its European counterparts in the use of apprenticeships, a proven workforce training tool that would help American businesses, workers, and the U.S. economy as a whole.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Ethan Gurwitz | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

President Barack Obama talks with electrical apprenticeship instructor Tim Wisyanski

The Bottom Line: Apprenticeships are Good for Business

Here are the top five ways American companies can benefit from hiring an apprentice.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Ben Schwartz | Monday, July 14, 2014

obama speech

Policies States Can Enact to Promote Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is a time-tested worker-training model that is gaining traction as a possible solution to America’s workforce challenges. Here are some steps that states can take to expand apprenticeships.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg, Ethan Gurwitz, and Ben Schwartz | Monday, June 30, 2014


America’s Incredible Shrinking Overtime Rights Need an Update

article icon Issue Brief Guaranteed overtime rights are on the brink of extinction if the U.S. Department of Labor does not move to protect them.

By Brendan Duke | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Apprenticeship Expansion in England

article icon Issue Brief England demonstrates that there are policies lawmakers can enact to dramatically expand apprenticeships, win industry support, and improve outcomes for workers and businesses.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Ethan Gurwitz | Friday, June 6, 2014

Scottish flags

What the United States Can Learn from Scotland’s Apprenticeship Expansion

Scotland has doubled its number of apprenticeships while expanding their occupational and gender reach.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Jennifer Erickson | Thursday, May 22, 2014


Progressive Pro-Growth Principles for Trade and Competitiveness

article icon Issue Brief The United States must develop the international relations and domestic foundations to make trade work for the United States and global middle classes.

By Adam Hersh and Jennifer Erickson | Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Making Progress on Trade and Competitiveness

How trade can work for the middle class.

By Adam Hersh and Jennifer Erickson | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Labor market

6 Policies to Combat Inequality

Six common-sense policies could help roll back economic inequality in America.

By Ben Olinsky | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rolls-Royce apprentice

5 Reasons Expanding Apprenticeships Will Benefit Millennials

Lawmakers should expand apprenticeship opportunities to give young Americans access to well-paying, middle-class jobs that do not require a four-year degree.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Monday, December 2, 2013


Training for Success: A Policy to Expand Apprenticeships in the United States

book_alt2 icon Report By expanding apprenticeships in the United States, policymakers can create pathways to well-paying middle-class jobs for young Americans, while helping businesses meet the need for skilled workers.

By Ben Olinsky and Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Monday, December 2, 2013

Fast food worker strike

Promoting Good Jobs for Millennials

article icon Issue Brief Young Americans have the most to gain from raising the minimum wage and enhancing worker protections.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Tuesday, November 19, 2013