In the News: Are Labor Unions on the Rise?

In the News: Are Labor Unions on the Rise?

In asking the question, “Are labor unions on the rise?,” Pooja Bhatia of OZY cited Bargaining for the Common Good as one of the keys to the future success of the labor movement. She wrote: After decades of losing members, legislative defeats and a declining return on labor, American unions have stopped looking within for the answer. […] “Fixing what’s wrong with the labor movement is the responsibility of more than the labor movement and requires the involvement of more than the unions themselves,” says Joseph McCartin, a Georgetown historian who directs the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. In May, the Initiative held a conference called Bargaining for the Common Good to discuss ways to open the labor movement beyond employers and employees. Unions actively participated, says McCartin, having “seen that the future for them has to be reaching out to allies and communities, and bargaining differently and in ways that include those allies.” Read more about Bargaining for the Common Good and its role in shaping the future of unions and their community...
In the News: How Unions Should Respond to Harris v. Quinn

In the News: How Unions Should Respond to Harris v. Quinn

In the latest issue of Dissent magazine, Joseph A. McCartin, the director of Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, mentions Bargaining for the Common Good as he writes about how unions should respond to the Supreme Court’s recent Harris v. Quinn decision. The decision took away the power of a union to collect mandatory “agency fees” from the home care workers it represents in collective bargaining, which will have implications for low-wage home care and day care workers, a large proportion of whom are women and people of color, around the country. McCartin writes: Anticipating the Harris decision, representatives of these workers joined 130 labor and community activists in Washington, D.C, a month ago for a conference called Bargaining for the Common Good (hosted by the Kalmanovitz Initiative, of which I am the executive director). They vowed to break the straitjacket of old-fashioned collective bargaining and create new community-labor bargaining alliances focused on advancing the common interests of workers—public and private—and defending the communities in which they live. Read more in Dissent...