Thursday, March 5, 2015

Avoiding Union Avoidance

There is a really interesting article over at the Washington Post which looks at some of the problems of dwindling unionization.  The article comes at a time when another Wisconsin bill is set to undermine even more labor rights.  What is particularly interesting about this piece, however, is its focus on different ways that unions can actually survive in this climate.  The article, which relies heavily on the superb scholarship of friend-of-blog Catherine Fisk, suggests that to survive labor organizations must

"Allow for members-only unions. . . [p]ass more laws that protect workers’ rights generally. . . [and] [j]ust work harder to prove unions are valuable."

The article provides a fresh look at a difficult issue, and is definitely worth a quick read.

-- Joe Seiner

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