Labor Notes #408
After the Wisconsin legislature banned public sector unions from most collective bargaining, we had to come up with ways of dealing with management informally.
Union-bargained cross-employer health care plans should have been a model for health care reform, but they face an uncertain future under the Affordable Care Act.
Unions are pitching in to stop evictions. “Anyone who’s facing a housing crisis will also have a job crisis story to tell you,” said Tony Romano, part of a coalition that fights foreclosures.
Union-led protests starting Monday in the Twin Cities are aimed at powerful companies—Target, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo—not just the union's own employers.
More workers getting their papers could be a breakthrough for unions—but watch for an expansion of guestworker programs, with few rights.
The old argument that unions must choose between jobs and the environment is losing its grip, as climate change becomes more evident and more urgent.