The Troubled State of Labor
Publisher: Against The Current
Date Written: 01/09/2013
Year Published: 2013
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20088
A book review of The State of Working America
IN THE 1970s, conservative funders and thinkers began pouring money into think tanks designed to influence public opinion and Capitol Hill. By the 1980s groups such as the Heritage Foundation, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Manhattan Institute were in full-bloom, making an impact from the media right down to actual legislation.
Into the fray stepped the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), formed in 1986 with support from the AFL-CIO, as a small effort to challenge the conservative onslaught. The EPI brought together economists and analysts who attempted to provide an alternative view on economic policy: one that was centered on working people. One of the first major products was the The State of Working America, published in 1988, and filled with data and charts describing the real trends facing U.S. workers.