Do high profile cases like the Teamsters, UPS workers, unionization at Starbucks and Amazon signal a new labor awakening in American politics?
Labor organizers are using a large range of issues, including women’s rights, LGBTQ representation and pride, and environmental activism to attract new members. Is this changing the conceptual divide between “culture war” issues and economic issues? [ dur: 58mins. ]
- Lane Windham is Associate Director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. She is the author of Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide and co-author of Explaining the erosion of private-sector unions.
- John Logan is Professor and Chair of Labor and Employment Studies at San Francisco State University. He is the author of Crushing Unions, by Any Means Necessary: How Amazon’s Blistering Anti-Union Campaign Won in Bessemer, Alabama, a Model for Labor’s Renewal? The Starbucks Campaign and High Octane Organizing at Starbucks.
- Leon Fink is Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the editor of Workers Across the Americas: The Transnational Turn in Labor History and author of In Search of the Working Class: Essays in American Labor History and Political Culture.
This program is produced by Ankine Aghassian, Doug Becker, Melissa Chiprin, Mihika Chechi, and Sudd Dongre.