David Madland

David Madland is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He has been called “one of the nation’s wisest” labor scholars by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr.

He is the author of Re-Union: How Bold Labor Reforms Can Repair, Revitalize, and Reunite the United States (Cornell University Press, 2021), which helped put sectoral bargaining on the political agenda, and Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn’t Work without a Strong Middle Class (UC Press, 2015), a pioneering critique of trickle-down economics which has helped policymakers understand that the economy grows from the middle out and the bottom up, not the top down.

Mary Kay Henry, president of SEIU, says his work “is creating a North Star for how we increase workers' power in the economy and democracy.”