Writing in Huffington Post, Amy Traub, an Analyst at Demos, notes that the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that McDonald’s workers could organize as one union because of the corporation’s rules for franchisees. This ruling will be appealed. However, if it is maintained, fast food workers have won a great victory in their fight for a living wage. Traub also notes efforts in the U.S. Senate and House to introduce new legislation that would make it easier for workers to organize. Given the current structure of the Congress, it’s hard to imagine these measures becoming law. That’s the bad news. The good news is that strong progressive voices like Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Keith Ellison are speaking out and presenting alternatives to “right to work” [for less] schemes. As Traub states, this has been a good week for workers. May there be many more.
Writing in the Nation, Amy Traub analyzes the campaign right wing commentators and think tanks are waging against unionized public sector workers. Traub points out how many of the claims of “overpaid” union workers are silly. Sadly, however, even some Democrats like New York’s Andrew Cuomo say, “We are going to be tangling with public employee unions.” Follow this link to read Traub’s article. Even if you disagree with the argument, it is a perspective worth considering.