Pluralistic: Housing is a labor issue (13 Dec 2023)

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A Collective Bargain

Workplace democracy is a training ground for true national democracy.

The cover of the Harpercollins edition of Jane McAlevey’s “A Collective Bargain.”

Now, if you want higher wages let me tell you what to do
You got to talk to the workers in the shop with you
You got to build you a union, got to make it strong
But if you all stick together, boys, it won’t be long
You get shorter hours, better working conditions
Vacations with pay. Take your kids to the seashore-

-Pete Seeger, Talking Union Blues

For years — decades — unions seemed like a relic, an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. American union participation nosedived in the Reagan years and continued to decline, year after year, with no bottom in sight.

Until 2018.
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