NYT OpEd: Why You Should Care About Unions (Even If You’re Not in One)

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Pro-union organizers in New York City protested the Supreme Court’s decision on union financing in June. Credit Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

Reprinted from The New York Times by Meagan Day and Bhaskar Sunkara on August 8, 2018.

“First of all: We should all be celebrating that last night voters in Missouri rejected a right-to-work law by a 2-to-1 margin,” writes Meagan Day and Bhaskar Sunkara in The New York Times.

“Why? The average person in the United States has essentially zero power in society. That’s why millions have organized into unions over the years. But the slow decline of unionism in the United States should concern you even if you’re not in one.

“Unions improve wagesbenefits and working conditions for their members. But it’s not just to members’ advantage. Collective bargaining affects pay standards across entire industries, meaning even nonunion workers benefit. Unions also secure legislation that protects all workers, from workplace safety guidelines to a guaranteed weekend. And they reduce gender and racial wage gaps across industries, which contributes to broader equality in society. …

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