Missouri Momentum: The Case for Unions

By Evan Henerson

There has been a lot of solidarity high-fiving over the past 48 hours following the beat down that organized labor gave right-to-work in the state of Missouri this week. And deservedly so.

Nobody is delusional enough to think that a single election victory frees unions from having to fight tooth and nail to stay alive, much less stay relevant. In this context, it’s good to read a well-written take from Meagan Day and Bhaskar Sunkara, writer and editor at Jacobin who penned the following guest column in the New York Times’ editorial section.

The title: “Why You should Care About Unions (Even if You’re Not in One)

Here’s a sampling:

“Unions improve wages, benefits 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.”

There is some evidence that unions have strong support particularly younger members. Labor leader David Rolf recently noted that unions have a 76 percent approval ratings among adults under age 30.

To read the full New York Times story, click here.

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