Economic Policy Institute

The Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. Today, with global competition expanding, wage inequality rising, and the methods and nature of work changing in fundamental ways, it is as crucial as ever that people who work for a living have a voice in the economic discourse.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Uber Drivers Earn the Equivalent of $9.21 in Hourly Wages
In a new paper, EPI Distinguished Fellow Lawrence Mishel uses newly available administrative data to calculate the hourly pay earned by Uber drivers, as well as the scale of Uber relative to the overall economy . Mishel’s estimates show that driving for Uber is very low paying, and that the scale...
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Teachers Across the Country Have Finally Had Enough of the Teacher Pay Penalty
Following West Virginia’s lead, teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma are walking out and demanding change, while teachers in Arizona are considering doing the same. Some teachers say students who participated in the March for Our Lives actions across the country inspired them to speak up . But the...
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Monday, April 02, 2018
51 Economists Sign Letter to Congress in Support of Robust Funding for the 2020 Census
51 prominent economists have signed an open letter to Congress, released today, in strong support of robust funding of the 2020 census to ensure a fair and accurate count of the U.S. population. Signatories include four Nobel Prize winners, five past presidents of the American Economic Association...
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Secretary Acosta Went to Great Lengths to Bury DOL’s Analysis Showing His Tip Rule is Bad For Workers
L ast December, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would make it legal for employers to pocket their workers’ tips. In a highly unusual move, DOL did not provide an estimate of the dollar amount of tips that would be shifted from workers to employers as a result of the rule—...
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The Concerted Attack On Public Sector Union Workers Is A Coordinated Effort Financed By Wealthy Donors
I n a new paper , EPI Labor Counsel Celine McNicholas and research assistant Zane Mokhiber report that the Supreme Court case Janus v AFSCME Council 31 , along with previous cases challenging unions’ right to collect “fair share” fees from nonmembers, have been financed by a small group of...
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Thursday, February 01, 2018
DOL Scrubs Economic Analysis That Showed Its Tip Pooling Rule Would Be Terrible For Workers
I n December of 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would make it legal for employers to pocket their workers’ tips . In a highly unusual move, DOL did not provide an estimate of the amount of tips that would be shifted from workers to employers as a result of the rule—...
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Thursday, January 25, 2018
Biggest Gains in Union Membership in 2017 Were For Younger Workers
Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data on changes in union membership from 2016 to 2017. It was good news for workers, as the total number of union members grew by 262,000 in 2017. Three-fourths of these gains (198,000) were among workers aged 34 and under, who account for less...
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Women Would Be Most Affected By “Tip Stealing” Rule
The Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed a rule that would make it legal for employers to pocket the tips of their tipped workers, as long as they pay their workers the minimum wage. EPI previously estimated that if this “tip stealing” rule is finalized, workers will lose $5.8 billion every...
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
At Least $2 Billion In Stolen Wages Was Recovered For Workers in 2015 and 2016
A new EPI paper finds that at least $2 billion in stolen wages was recovered for workers across the United States in 2015 and 2016. The comprehensive report on wage theft, by EPI Labor Counsel Celine McNicholas, Research Assistant Zane Mokhiber, and intern Adam Chaikof, is an update of EPI’s 2014...
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Trump’s National Labor Relations Board Moves to Make Joining a Union More Difficult
Today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took the first step towards rolling back a 2014 rule that simplified the election process by which working people can join together to bargain for better wages and working conditions. The NLRB announced the issuance of a Request for Information (RFI...
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