Public Sector Unions

The Mounting Attack on Organized Labor and What it Means for African-Americans

D. Amari Jackson
Atlanta Black Star
Given the public sector is the largest employer of African-Americans, and recognizing their substantial and traditional involvement in unions — Black workers are more likely to belong to a union than any other racial group — such anti-union campaigns as Right to Work have particular implications for African-Americans.

Labor Must Take on Capital

Saqib Bhatti and Stephen Lerner
Jacobin
Unions must expand beyond narrow bargaining to challenge those who hold wealth and power at the highest levels. Most unions are accustomed to bargaining with their direct employers, as they have done for decades. But the financialization of the economy has rendered that structure obsolete. In order to win for workers, unions need to take their demands directly to those who actually have the money and control. They can often be found on Wall Street.

Supreme Court OKs Longer Arguments in High-Stakes Union Case

Jess Bravin
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog
The court is considering whether to overrule its 1977 decision allowing states to require public employees to join a union or pay a fee to cover collective bargaining costs. A win for the plaintiffs—a group of California teachers who say they oppose union efforts to increase pay and protect job security—could cripple public sector unions in about two dozen states that have “agency fee” laws.

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