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The Stunning Rebirth of the American Labor Movement
Posted On: Apr 24, 2024
Apr. 24, 2024 | OPINION | Note: The author, Robert Reich, is a former U.S. Secretary of Labor. [Last] Friday, Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted overwhelmingly to join the United Auto Workers union. This is a truly big deal. The mainstream media — most of whom no longer have labor reporters — have barely mentioned it, but I believe it marks a major turning point for organized labor. The victory in Chattanooga is the first successful organizing drive of an automaker outside of Detroit’s Big Three and the first major union victory in the South… We are witnessing a historic rebirth of the labor union movement in America. Labor unions are not just an interest group. They are gaining the heft, solidarity, and passion to become what they once were — a movement. And it’s about time. The Lima News
 
 
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