3 Pro-Union Reforms To Improve Tax Fairness for American Workers

A new brief from the Center for American Progress Action Fund looks at how anti-union bias is baked into the U.S. tax code and suggests three steps that policymakers should take to fix it and build power for workers:

  1. Impose limits on corporate deductions of business expenses that are anti-labor, like so-called “union avoidance” consultants, often highly-paid lawyers that companies hire to come in to coerce workers into not joining unions.
     
  2. Creating a new above-the-line deduction for union dues, allowing them to be deducted in addition to the standard or itemized deduction.
     
  3. Changing tax law to reduce the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, a tactic that many large corporations use to get out of paying and providing benefits to their workers.

Read the full brief here.