As union membership has declined in recent years, misconceptions around collective bargaining have grown. Maybe we’re biased, but just because unions aren’t as intense as they’re portrayed on TV doesn’t mean the work they do is any less exciting. So what exactly is a labor union?
It's impossible to cover every win and influence the labor movement has had in the United States in one article. But if you’re reading this on your lunch break, day off, or at the end of an 8-hour shift, it’s thanks to the countless sacrifices of labor organizers of decades past who fought to make such expectations at any given job commonplace. Articles in this section cover the history of the labor movement, its imperfections, and its efforts to better the livelihoods of American workers.
If you’re planning to organize your workplace, it’s crucial to understand how unions and the laws that govern them differ from sector to sector.
If you’re reading this on your lunch break, day off, or at the end of an 8-hour shift, it’s thanks to the countless sacrifices of labor organizers of decades past who fought to make such expectations at any given job commonplace.
Union dues were national news during the Janus v AFSCME Supreme Court case in 2018. The plaintiff was funded in part by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation - an explicitly anti-union policy group. So what exactly is “right-to-work” and why does it matter to the labor movement?
It’s likely that your coworkers might be dealing with the same or similar issue, and even if they’re not, they may be willing to throw their support behind a fellow coworker (like you).
In this article, we take a look at worker cooperatives and what they mean for the modern worker.
Let’s take a critical look at what “use” comes from applying labels like “skilled” and “unskilled” and why someone might not want you to think about that at all.
Though public sector occupations have the highest union membership rates among all occupations, there’s a trend going on in sectors that have typically shied away from unions.
Unions and democracies have a lot in common as each are systems that make decisions based on the majority opinions of the people they serve.
Your organization has direct effects on greater systems of people, politics, and space, and a smart organizer will know how to tap into them.
In this article, we’ll take a close look at Labor Day’s history and see how it’s been stripped of its powerful, pro-worker, pro-democracy origins over 150 years ago.
These two major forms of labor organizations have their advantages and disadvantages, and below, we’ve outlined which path might best suit your union needs.
How labor unions operate largely rests on laws that are older than most Americans. Here, we break down exactly what the PRO Act seeks to do, who supports the bill, and where it goes from here.
Understanding these arguments will teach us about certain commonly held views on labor issues and help us empathize with excluded workers.
It’s a tale nearly as old as capitalism: union-busting. For the past 150 years, U.S. employers have been waging a subtle — and not-so-subtle — war against workers through union-busting efforts.
No one expects you to comb through the decades of annual reports put out by the NLRB, but with the help of Unit’s legal advisor, we’ve put together a brief rundown of 10 crucial SCOTUS rulings.
There are many modern organizations that may refer to themselves
Though the unpredictable nature of people and politics means that strategies and plans change rapidly, there are some standard tools in every organizer’s kit.
We often walk on political eggshells when it comes time to break bread with friends and family, but there is no better an advocate to inform and galvanize support for the cause than someone who is known and trusted.
Nowadays, when management wants to break up a union, there are law firms that specialize in helping them. Here are a few of them.