When Unions Are Strong, the Economy Is Strong

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I was on WESA's Essential Pittsburgh this week discussing the role of unions in building a stronger U.S. economy. Here's a quick highlight from the station's web site:

When unions are strong, is the economy strong?

Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center, says job growth and America’s recovery from the great recession have been too slow. With the decline in unions over the past few decades, he says wages have been flattened and even declined since the recovery began.

“A strong middle class is absolutely what created 3 and 4 decades of 3% growth every year from the 1930’s to the 70’s,” explains Herzenberg “So, a strong middle class is still a powerful engine for a healthy economy and the decline of unions is part of the problem that our current economy has.”

Listen to the full interview in which I squared off against Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation.

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