Labor

  • 04.23.17

    The Big Picture: Strengthen Unions With Robert Reich

    In this video, Robert Reich describes why unions are important to the U.S. and how to strengthen them. 50 years ago, unions were "the countervailing power to business." They were successful in raising wages, improving working conditions and supported legal protections like the 40 hour work week and worker safety. ...

    In this video, Robert Reich describes why unions are important to the U.S. and how to strengthen them.

    50 years ago, unions were "the countervailing power to business." They were successful in raising wages, improving working conditions and supported legal protections like the 40 hour work week and worker safety.

    However, the decline in private sector union membership has mirrored the decline in the middle class. Reich points out that "Strong unions means a strong middle class which means a strong economy."

    His three steps to strengthening unions are:

    1. Make it easier to form a union
    2. Build in real penalties to companies that violate labor laws.
    3. Overturn state  “Right to work” laws

    He ends with the statement that, “if we want working Americans to get a fair share of the gains from economic growth they must be able to unionize.”

  • 03.04.17

    Interview With Senator Nina Turner: Right-To-Work Laws Are Weakening The Middle Class And The Economy

    In this interview, Senator Nina Turner talks about her time in the Ohio State Senate and the issues that are most important to her. For Senator Turner, these issues include women's rights - "During her time in the Ohio Senate, Turner fought for legislation that would level the playing field for women and men-inclu...

    In this interview, Senator Nina Turner talks about her time in the Ohio State Senate and the issues that are most important to her.

    For Senator Turner, these issues include women's rights - "During her time in the Ohio Senate, Turner fought for legislation that would level the playing field for women and men—including introducing the “Viagra bill,” which would subject men to the same scrupulous levels of regulations women face over their reproductive choices"  as well as workers rights - "Workers' wages are not keeping up with inflation. Their wages are not on pace with the amount of work that they do. We work harder and longer in this country, and still people’s wages are not keeping up with that."