Working Group on the Future of the Labor Movement
Despite soaring corporate profits, American workers are claiming a shrinking share of the national economic pie in wages and benefits. Union decline is a major cause of this trend, and it also contributes to growing disparities by race and ethnicity. Scholars in this working group present the best evidence on the patterns, causes, and consequences of union decline in both the private and public sectors. Many also suggest innovative strategies for revitalizing unions and creating other modes of organizational leverage to improve worker rights and voice in workplaces and democratic politics. The Working Group is building relationships with labor organizations, activists, journalists, and policymakers. Members have broad expertise and are thus able to link changes affecting workers to larger shifts in the economy and politics at regional, national, and international levels.