Democracy in Action, From the Coffeehouse to the Statehouse

In an election year, it's important to ask whether the people in elected office really understand what life is like for average Americans. It's no surprise that members of Congress are wealthier and far removed from the day-to-day experiences of Americans who struggle to stay afloat.

In a new report, American Rights at Work highlights one way to address the disconnect between elected officials and the people they represent. Unions across the country are encouraging their members – everyday Americans like waitresses, nurses, and police officers – to run for elected office at the local, state and even federal level. And as our research demonstrates, when members of Congress held jobs like nurse, teacher, and police officer before entering office, they were more likely to take pro-worker positions such as protecting Social Security, enacting stronger workplace safety and discrimination protections, and reforming the financial industry.

Check out the report.

 
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What's New

Strikes 101

A strike is the most recognizable and publicized element of a workplace dispute, but it’s also one of the most confusing and misunderstood. This simple guide helps clarify what a strike is and what's involved. Learn more »

Partnerships in Education

edreportcover75x75.jpg In American Rights at Work Education Fund's new report, Partnerships in Education: How Labor-Management Collaboration Is Transforming Public Schools, we highlight strong labor-management partnerships between teachers’ unions and administrations that are transforming schools in communities from coast to coast. See the full report.

Highlights

Creating Hourly Careers at Walmart

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Rather than opportunities for professional growth, Walmart associates face wage caps, ever-changing schedules, expensive benefits, and an arbitrary discipline system. This new report exposes the barriers to career development at the country’s most powerful retailer, and makes the case for a new way of doing business. 

Behind the Anti-Worker Agenda

Enter the Anti-Union NetworkEverywhere you look, far-right, anti-union special interest groups are attempting to steamroll their way over working families. Learn more about organizations are spending tens of millions of dollars to enact an agenda that would set us back by decades.