By any measure, the U.S. economy is massive. Like the sea, our economy is swept by cross currents and changed by forces beyond its control. Yet, its sheer size means that those forces - increased productivity, rising unemployment, dropping interest rates, global competition -- may only be felt months and often years after they are first sighted. Economic Trends tries to track those forces so IAM members can prepare their families for what lies just over the horizon ...
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Economic Facts and Figures: Up-to the minute stats on employment, earnings, trade, prices and more.
Economic Indicators: Timely analysis of economic trends affecting IAM members.
The Center for American Progress: A nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all.
The State of Working America: An ongoing analysis published since 1988 by the Economic Policy Institute. Includes a wide variety of data on family incomes, wages, jobs, unemployment, wealth, and poverty that allow for a clear, unbiased understanding of the economy's effect on the living standards of working Americans.
The Economic Policy Institute Blog: Working Economics-EPI's experts opine daily on a wide range of current economic issues.
The Economic Policy Institute News: EPI News updated Daily. Last weeks topic-Decline of collective bargaining worsens wage and benefit standards for all workers.
The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Quarterly Economic Forecast: This Quarter's headline - Sluggish Pace, Volatility, Optimism (6/2013)
The Chained CPI: A Painful Cut in Social Security Benefits and a Stealth Tax Hike: A report by Alan Barber and Nicole Woo (CEPR, 12/2012)
Tell Us What You Think: What’s Wrong With the U.S. Economy? The Real Scoop: Info-graphic on Economy: Part 1 - “Short answer” to the question of what’s wrong with our economy(AFL-CIO, 9/24/12)
Tell Us What You Think: What’s Wrong With the U.S. Economy? The Long Answer.: Info-graphic on Economy: Part 2 - “Longer answer” to the question of what’s wrong with our economy (AFL-CIO, 9/25/12)
Tell Us What You Think: What Was Wrong With the U.S. Economy Before the Crash of 2008?: Info-graphic on Economy: Part 3 - Why the U.S. economy was so weak before 2008 due to the failure of the low-wage economy strategy (AFL-CIO, 9/26/12)
Tell Us What You Think: How Do We Fix What’s Wrong with the U.S. Economy?: Info-graphic on Economy: Part 4 - Agenda to fix what’s wrong with our economy with a high-wage strategy for shared prosperity (AFL-CIO, 9/27/12)
Protecting Fundemental Labor Rights: Lessons from Canada for the United States: A report by Kris Warner. (CEPR, 8/2012)
Paul Ryan - Facts You Need To Know!:Ten facts about Ryan's budget, voting record and plan for the middle class. (8/2012)
Where Have Good Jobs Gone?: A study that links the decline in "good jobs" with deterioration of worker bargaining power. (8/2012)
Prosperity Economics: Building an Economy for All: A report in which the authors, Jacob S. Hacker (Director of ISPS) and Nate Loewentheil (Yale), lay out an alternative to austerity economics, one based on our history, the successful experiences of other nations, and recent currents of research and theory in economics and allied fields called. They call this model "prosperity economics." (8/2012)
Right to Work: A Failed Policy (2/2012)
Unions Make Democracy Work for the Middle Class: A special report from the Center for American Progress Action Funds American Worker Project: How organized labor helps ordinary citizens participate more and have a greater say. (1/2012)
What 'Right-to-Work' Means for Indiana's Workers - A Pay Cut: An article that looks at what happens in states with this anti-worker legislation. (1/2012)
Trends in the Distribution of Household Income Between 1979 and 2007: A report from the Congressional Budget Office. (10/2011)
Working Hard to Make Indiana Look Bad: The Tortured, Uphill Case for 'Right-to-Work': A report that looks at the lies in a study used to support this anti-worker legislation. (1/2011)
Critics Still Wrong on What's Driving Deficits in Coming Years: A special report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (6/2010)
Evaluating China-U.S. Trade Relations over the Past Decade: Testimony by AFL-CIO Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lee. (6/2010)
Boeing's Cash Cow (A Corporate Strategy's Impact on Middle-Class America): A report from the Institute for Wisconsin's Future. (4/2010)
China’s Promotion of the Renewable Electric Power Equipment Industry: Hydro, Wind, Solar, Biomass: Press release by the National Foreign Trade Council, a business trade association. (3/2010)
Unfair China Trade Costs Local Jobs: A report by Robert Scott. (3/2010)