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The Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standards, 2011–2012

25 November, 2013
Economic Policy Institute
Over the past two years, state legislators across the country have launched an unprecedented series of initiatives aimed at lowering labor standards, weakening unions, and eroding workplace protections for both union and non-union workers. This policy agenda undercuts the ability of low- and middle-wage workers, both union and non-union, to earn a decent wage.

EPI Research Associate Gordon Lafer shows that these legislative efforts, which were backed by the nation’s most powerful corporate lobbies, undercut the ability of workers to earn a middle-class wage and tilt the labor market further in the interest of employers.

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