Jack Welch, who died this month at the age of 84, changed the trajectory of American capitalism, however the obituaries left out or downplayed Welch’s greatest impact in shaping the unequal and unfair America of today: unionbusting.
My union is in a perpetual battle for decent health care coverage. It’s a tactic of our employers to prevent us from striking against our terrible work conditions. If we had Medicare for All, we could demand much more at the bargaining table.
Academics debate why American workers are in many ways worse off than their counterparts elsewhere, but there is overriding agreement on one reason: Labor unions are weaker in the United States than in other industrial nations.