Why Unions Matter – excerpted from the CCPA

Why Unions Matter

October 3rd, 2011 Bruce Campbell ?? No Comments ?? Economy & Economic Indicators, Employment and Labour, Poverty and Income Inequality

Bruce Campbell and Armine Yalnizyan

Are unions more of a problem than a solution today?

Anti-union sentiment has accelerated since the global crisis of 2008 brought economies to their knees and left public finances in a mess.

Widespread frustration with fragile growth and soaring debt has been channeled towards unions, which are increasingly characterized as an elite, irrelevant, and a drag on the economy.

But consider this: No country has ever achieved widespread prosperity and created a large middle class without strong unions.

How does it go again? Oh yeah — they only call it class warfare when we fight back.

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