Unions

  • 03.15.18

    A Labor-Based Movement For Medicare for All

    Healthcare is the crossroads where the assault on workers meets the juggernaut of "crony capitalism." That's the term used by the mainstream neo-classical and Nobel prize-winning economist Angus Deaton to describe the coziness between the healthcare industry and its government "regulators."...

    Healthcare is the crossroads where the assault on workers meets the juggernaut of “crony capitalism.” That’s the term used by the mainstream neo-classical and Nobel prize-winning economist Angus Deaton to describe the coziness between the healthcare industry and its government “regulators.” 

  • 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.”

  • 12.01.16

    Building Middle-Class Wealth Through Unions

    This report by the Center for American Progress uses the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances to show that "unions can play a role in increasing wealth for middle-class Americans." It does this by looking at the difference between union and non-union households on a variety of measures and concluding that ...Read More