The presence of strong, organized labor has historically been linked with less inequality. From their post-WWII peak to present day, the decline of labor unions has had a concrete effect on economic and political equality. What Unions No Longer Do explores this concept, highlighting the positive contributions unions have made over time to society by strengthening the middle class and improving workplace fairness. Author Jake Rosenfeld, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, emphasizes the negative effects caused by our modern-day lack of unions. According to Rosenfeld, potential wage increases, conditions in the workplace, and immigrant assimilation are on standby without the leg up unions offer. His book gives insight into a future without unions, analyzing how their absence is hindering progress and negatively impacting workers across the country.
Presented by: Town Hall in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.
Learn more: About Rosenfeld.