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Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Agreement: Collective Bargaining Reborn?

Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Agreement: Collective Bargaining Reborn?
Seattle’s plan sets a template not just for minimum-wage levels, but for collective bargaining more generally. At a time when collective bargaining has all but vanished from the private-sector economy—just 6.7 percent of private-sector workers are union members—Seattle has charted a new path to raise wages for workers, whether union members or, mainly, non-members. The process of getting to $15 has been every bit as groundbreaking as the $15 ... Read more

Verizon Strike Highlights Union Effect on Middle Class Jobs

By Kari Lydersen In These Times, August 15, 2011 Verizon employees rally in Boston’s Post Office Square on the steps of the Verizon building on July 31, 2003.   (Photo by Douglas McFadd/Getty Images) State officials nationwide — most prominently governors Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Chris Christie in New Jersey—have attacked unionized nurses and teachers as overpaid, as part of a larger campaign against public sector unions. Now ... Read more