Labor unions & the middle class: A conversation with EPI & the Department of Treasury

Date: November 8, 2023

Signs of a reinvigorated labor movement have emerged in recent years as union election petitions in 2022 rebounded from the pandemic to their highest level since 2015. This increased organizing activity has been accompanied by the highest public opinion of labor unions in more than 50 years. Though widely credited with improving pay, fringe benefits and working conditions for union members, these positive outcomes also extend to non-members, help support racial, and gender pay equity, and build a thriving middle class, all of which translate into gains for the broader U.S. economy.

Please join EPI and the Department of the Treasury on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 1 p.m EST (10 a.m. PST) for a discussion featuring findings from the U.S. Treasury Department’s August 2023 report, Labor Unions and the Middle Class. The report, which examines these and other important benefits of a strong labor movement and discusseslong with the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to support worker bargaining power. This event will be in-person and streamed online.


  • Laura Feiveson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Policy, Department of the Treasury
  • Rajash D. Nayak, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Labor
  • Heidi Shierholz, EPI President
  • Valerie Wilson, Director, Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE), EPI

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET, 10:00–11:00 a.m. PT

Where: Economic Policy Institute, 1225 I St. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC

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