Tuesday Talk: Who will stand up for workers?
Folks on all sides of the policy debate are trying to analyze what the Wisconsin recall election means for the union movement’s future. We can say with certainty, union-gained rights built the U.S. middle class. From the Iron Range to our media outlets—and a lot of jobs in between—unions help set fair salary standards, bringing economic equity and workplace safety in post World War II America. Meanwhile, the 30-year attack on unions has closely correlated with growing economic inequity.
As we begin to lose basic workplace rights, who’s going to stand up for the average American worker in unions’ absence?