By now anyone who has given serious thought to how America can secure a thriving middle class has concluded that the restoration of a strong labor movement is absolutely essential. In addition, the amount of time, energy and expense the GOP has lavished on various union-bashing projects is all the indication anyone should need that a strong union movement is also required for preventing a right-wing takeover of all of America’s political institutions.
Thus, the future of the labor movement is an issue of immediate concern to the Democratic party and all progressives. Toward that end, The Nation is hosting a forum, “How Can Labor Be Saved?,” featuring eight posts:
“How Can Labor Be Saved? American unions are in deep trouble. What’s the way out?”
by Josh Eidelson
“Unions: Put Organizing First: Don’t forget that political power is intrinsically linked to organizing power” by Kate Bronfenbrenner
“Make Organizing a Civil Right: It’s time to tie worker rights to “Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall” by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Z. Marvit
“What Labor Can Learn From the Obama Campaign: It’s time to harness data” by Suresh Naidu and Dorian T. Warren
“Build a Democracy Movement: ‘Money Out, Voting In’ should become labor’s mantra” by Larry Cohen
“Become a Movement of All Workers: Let’s stop waiting for the government to tell us who can organize” by Bhairavi Desai
“Time for Labor to Mobilize Immigrants: Immigration reform can be labor’s game-changer” by Maria Elena Durazo
“Fight for the Whole Society: To survive, unions need to be better neighbors” by Karen GJ Lewis
Most of the entries can be read for free, with a couple of them requiring a subscription to one of America’s top progressive magazines.