The state of unions in America

Writer and scholar Jane McAlevey talks about whether recent momentum can reverse the trend of declining union membership in America.

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Union membership has continued to decline in recent years after decades of erosion. But there have been some high-profile labor wins that could reverse the trend.

“We’ve got a young generation coming up under climate change with a bad economy all around them, with crappy jobs.” — Jane McAlevey, The Nation

Starbucks workers have been unionizing. And so too have some Amazon workers. Why is this happening now? What does this mean?

 


Listen: Writer and scholar Jane McAlevey talks about the state of the labor movement in 2022.

 


Guest

Jane McAlevey is a strikes correspondent for The Nation and a senior policy fellow at the University of California’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. She has written several books, her most recent one being, “A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy.

“We’ve got a young generation coming up under climate change with a bad economy all around them, with crappy jobs…the destruction of pensions, the destruction of benefits… so the social context really matters,” says McAlevey.

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