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AFL-CIO Minority Outreach Program    E-Mail to Maggie Rock at the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee.

National Association for Public Interest Law
    Dedicated to surmounting barriers to equal justice that affect low-income individuals and families.  It organizes, trains and supports public service-minded law students.

National Employment Lawyers Association 
   A professional organization for lawyers who represent individual employees in cases involving employment discrimination and other employment-related matters.

Center for Law and Social Policy
   Advocates at the state and federal level for laws that will improve working families' lives.  




Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)  Research and policy papers on the Wisconsin economy, education and training issues, and union strategy issues. Also includes hyperlinks to other economic data sites.  

Corporation for Enterprise Development  Excellent source of information on "best practice" economic development strategies (Including the best and most accurate ranking of states on multiple measures), sustainable economic development, and business incentive reform proposals.

Czarlab   Ed Czarnecki, retired Assistant Director of the AFL-CIO Education Department, is the webmaster of this site, which features the latest in union education and much more.  

Workers   Provides working families hundreds of links to federal government information listed under topics that include jobs, family and health, money management, citizenship, learning, housing and recreation and travel.   



Foreign Trade Statistics - Your Key to Trade  International trade--and whether the USA is on the surplus or deficit end of the deal--is of crucial concern to all American workers. You can access the monthly trades statistics of the U.S. Department of Commerce on their Website.

Internet Resources For Economists
  This site lists the many resources on the Internet of interest to academic and practicing economists, and those interested in economics. In all, more than 700 resources are listed and almost all are also described. It has been reorganized and completely updated since the last edition.

Left Business Observer Left Business Observer is an 8-page more-or-less monthly newsletter on economics and politics in the U.S. and the world at large.

Midwest Center for Labor Research
  The mission of the Midwest Center for Labor Research (MCLR) is "to assist labor, communities, and business to pursue the High Road of economic development, guaranteeing the building of a strong, participatory, and productive economy, social justice, and the equitable distinction of wealth."  Their website includes information on their research and services, as well as their "Labor Watch" news service, developed in cooperation with the Harvard Trade Union Program.

North American Alliance for Labor Cooperation  This organization was set up as part of the NAFTA trade agreement. Nevertheless, it has some useful information on labor law in labor markets in the three NAFTA countries, the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Pay Watch - The National AFL-CIO's website on CEO pay.
  Shows how CEO pay is skyrocketing; details what the top executives make--and how long it would take you to make that much. Also indicates what you can do about this scandal and how to "talk back."

Pension Benefit Guaranty
   The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. is using a new Internet site to help workers locate pension money owed to them.  The PBGC lists 9,887 workers who are owed more than $19 million in benefits and about 1,400 companies.  The site can be searched by name, company or state.

Twentieth Century Fund
The Century Foundation has energetically sought to document, understand the causes of, and develop ideas for alleviating economic inequality. For example, Edward Wolff's seminal report, Top Heavy, prepared under our auspices, demonstrated that wealth inequality in the United States has worsened to levels last experienced during the Great Depression. Current roster of projects explores questions related to inequality from a variety of standpoints: federal fiscal and monetary policy, labor market issues, education, taxes, immigration, and urban affairs and social policy.

United for a Fair Economy
  Lots of information and analysis about the growing wealth and income gap. Includes information on corporate executives who profit from downsizing, information on workshops and action options.

University of Texas Inequality Project
  This site contains a number of studies of economic inequality in the United States and other parts of the world.

U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics
  Despite cutbacks in their budget for a number of years, this is still the best source for just about any sort of economic data you're looking for.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development  The Department of Workforce Development site includes extensive information on all sorts of job-related topics, including job openings, School-to-Work, vocational rehabilitation, employment and training programs, Workers Compensation, Unemployment Compensation and welfare reform.

Wisconsin Labor History Society Bibliography   The Wisconsin Labor History Society (WLHS) Bibliography identifies resources for the study of workers and unions and work in Wisconsin.  This website bibliography already includes over two hundred items, including books, articles, theses, as well as music and videos.

Wisconsin Labor Market Information
  This site is maintained by the Bureau of Workforce Development at the state Department of Workforce Development.  It contains all sorts of labor market information and data, including unemployment rates, Consumer Price Index, wage data, employer listings and other links to other data resources.

Wisconsin - Unemployment Compensation  Up-to-date information on Unemployment Compensation for Wisconsin workers is available on this site, which also includes links to other job-related sites.

Wisconsin - Workers Compensation
  This site includes comprehensive information on Wisconsin's Workers Compensation system and also includes extensive data on health and safety.

Fedstats.  Access to statistics from over 100 government sources.

Brookings Institute (Economic Studies)
  The Brookings Institution functions as an independent analyst and critic, committed to publishing its findings for the information of the public. In   its conferences and activities, it serves as a bridge between scholarship and public policy, bringing new knowledge to the attention of decision makers and affording scholars a better insight into public policy issues. Brookings is financed largely by endowment and by the support of philanthropic foundations, corporations, and private individuals. Its funds are devoted to carrying out its own research and educational activities. It also undertakes some unclassified government contract studies, reserving the right to publish its findings.

Census Bureau
  This site contains all sorts of data down to the state and county level.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range  of government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people.

Citizens For Tax Justice  (CTJ) Founded in 1979, is a 501 (c)(4) public interest research and advocacy organization focusing on federal, state and local tax policies and their impact upon our nation. CTJ's mission is to give ordinary people a greater voice in the development of tax laws. Against the armies of special interest lobbyists for corporations and the wealthy, CTJ fights for: Fair taxes for middle and low-income families; Requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share; Closing corporate tax loopholes; Adequately funding important government services; Reducing the federal debt; Taxation that minimizes distortion of economic markets.

Corporate Watch
  This is an online clearinghouse for information on transnational companies. It includes links to a lot of other useful sites for researching corporations as well.

Economic Policy Institute
The Economic Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.  The Institute's mission is to provide high-quality research and education in order to promote a prosperous, fair, and sustainable economy. The Institute stresses real world analysis and a concern for the living standards of working people, and it makes its findings accessible to the general public, the media, and policy makers.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
The Chicago Fed serves the Seventh Federal Reserve District, an economically diverse region with strong manufacturing, service, and agricultural sectors. Situated in the heart of the Midwest, the District includes all of Iowa and most of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago: participates in formulating national monetary policy; supervises and regulates banks and bank holding companies; and, provides financial services to banks and the U.S. government.

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Fed, with one branch in Helena, Montana, serves the Ninth Federal Reserve District. Included in the district are Minnesota, Montana, North and South Dakota, 26 counties in northwestern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The distribution of banks by states in the Ninth Federal Reserve District is Minnesota 515 (55 percent), Montana 96 (10 percent), North Dakota 117 (12 percent), South Dakota 96 (10 percent), northwestern Wisconsin 92 (10 percent) and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan 29 (3 percent).

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  The Eighth Federal Reserve District consists of all of Arkansas and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The Eighth District economy is highly diverse, with a wide range of industrial and agricultural activities.

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment  Research your company -- non-profits, too.

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