Re-imagining the labor movement

James Patin (Clark): Re-Imagining the Labor Movement as a Social Movement. Nikos Benosa (Ioannina) and and Pantelis Kammas (AUEB): Workers of the World Unite (or Not?): The Effect of Ethnic Diversity on the Participation in Trade Unions. Meet the coalition building a global union movement against capitalism. Consider the flight attendant:Why the JetBlue rank-and-file are pushing to unionize. The Pinkertons still never sleep: The notorious union-busting agency has resurfaced in a telecommunications labor dispute, revealing how it has adapted to the 21st century. Elizabeth Tandy Shermer on how the right to work really means the right to work for less. Want to empower women of color? Support unions.

Manoj Dias-Abey (Queen’s): Justice on Our Fields: Can “Alt-Labor” Organizations Improve Migrant Farm Workers’ Conditions? Unions are not a special interest group. It’s time to acknowledge that strikes work. Unions did great things for the working class: Strengthening them could blunt inequality and wage stagnation. Code Red: Alex Press on organizing the tech sector. Study: Yep, unions made America great. There is power in a union: A new study overturns economic orthodoxy and shows that unions reduce inequality. The emerging plan to save the American labor movement: The Trump era has sparked some of the most creative thinking in labor in years.

Can the alt-Labor movement improve conditions for American workers? Dwyer Gunnar interviews Janice Fine. Workers don’t have much say in corporations — why not give them seats on the board? David Webber on his book The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon. What if the absence of strong unions is at the heart of much of what has gone wrong? Stepping into the void: Pranab Bardhan on a new agenda for global labor. Supreme Court defeat for unions upends a liberal money base. Is capital or labor winning at your favorite company? Introducing the Marx Ratio.

Everyone needs the right to sue their employer: When contracts require arbitration and prevent employees from filing class action suits, companies won’t be deterred from abusing their workers. The sinister history underlying Neil Gorsuch’s decision lashing out at American workers. Nathan J. Robinson on how expanding the right to contract can limit rights. America is a spiraling corporate contract dystopia. Epic Systems v. the workforce: There are ways to counter the erosion of employee rights.