Who Really Speaks For American Workers?

Source: Thomas A. Kochan, WBUR, Cognoscenti, July 27, 2016

….The next president and Congress must be committed to fixing and updating America’s labor laws to get wages rising again, reflect workers’ wants and needs, and make the U.S. competitive in a global economy.

An essential starting point: Provide workers the ability to join a union of their choice and gain access to collective bargaining. This is a core promise of U.S. labor policy.

Today’s workforce doesn’t want to have to fight their employer to improve their working conditions. They want a cooperative workplace where they contribute to improving performance and customer service and then share fairly in the profits they help achieve. A second element of a new labor policy, then, should be to endorse and support labor management relations practices that support good companies and good jobs…..