• Union Perseverance: Taking the Pulse of America's Union Workers [Survey Highlights]

    We sponsored a survey, conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), of more than 1,500 union members to gain insight into their key concerns and aspirations.

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  • Union President Q&A: Forging paths to the Future

    Lee Saunders, President of AFSCME, and Christopher Shelton, President of CWA, discuss how unions can strengthen worker advocacy and persevere into the future amid today’s challenges.

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  • Union Perspectives: Lee Saunders

    The President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) discusses the effects of anti-union legislation, protecting public sector workers and strategies for future impact.

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  • Union Perspectives: Christopher Shelton

    The President of the Communications Workers of America discusses the importance of embracing technology, engaging millennial workers and why collective action gets results.

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  • Union Perseverance in the 21st Century

    Explore key themes from our recent research, including what's important to today's union workers, the broader range of issues unions are expected to address and how unions may need to change to effectively interact with their members.

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  • 6 Financial Stressors for Union Members

    Find out what 1,500 union members said when asked about satisfaction with financial matters, including their ability to live a comfortable life and manage debt.

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  • Recognizing the Value of Unions

    Find out how many of the 1,500 union members polled say they have a strong sense of pride in their work and an advocate looking out for their best interests.

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  • Preparing the Next Generation of Workers

    Union leaders, including Damon Silvers (AFL-CIO) , Valarie Long (SEIU) and Steve Early (labor movement veteran) offer their perspectives to millennials.

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  • Unions and the Power of Social Media

    At a time when unions have struggled with declining membership, union leaders increasingly recognize that new forms of organizing, such as social media efforts, are critical to future success.

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  • Automated Impact: Managing Economic and Employment Shifts

    Flexibility and lifelong learning are critical to thriving in an increasingly automated and ever-changing economic landscape.

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  • Union Perspectives: Valarie Long

    The Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) discusses the future of the labor movement as well as the challenges for workers and families associated with the shift from a manufacturing economy to a service and care-based economy.

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  • Union Perspectives: Steve Early

    Early, a Member of the The NewsGuild-CWA and active for 45 years in the labor movement. discusses the unique challenges of workers in the U.S. and the impact the ‘Fight for $15’ has had on broadening the movement for social and economic justice in the country.

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  • Union Perspectives: Damon Silvers

    The Policy Director and Special Counsel at the AFL-CIO discusses the importance of rebuilding workers’ bargaining power and how declining union strength relates to growing income inequality as well as stagnant and falling wages.

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  • Union Perspectives: Marc Perrone

    The President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) discusses how the 'gig economy' has impacted workers and their ability to negotiate better wages, benefits and working conditions.

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  • Union Perseverance: Taking the Pulse of America's Union Workers

    Read the executive summary of the recent research program to see what's on the minds of union workers today and what that means for the future of organized labor.

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    Mr. Silvers sums up where he thinks unions should focus their attention: “Building real, effective bargaining power is the core challenge in the workplace, which is where unions begin.” His view aligns with survey respondents who recognize that advocacy for workers will continue to be critical in the years ahead.
  • What if Unions Suddenly Disappeared?

    Millions of Americans enjoy a level of economic security thanks to benefits and public policies that unions worked hard to help create. If unions vanished, would that security fade too?

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  • What if Unions Never Existed?

    Unions have played a central role in creating a working and social environment that defines many aspects of life today. But what would the U.S. look like without this legacy?

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  • What If Unions Did Not Advocate for Health and Safety?

    Labor unions help set the agenda on health and safety issues in the workplace. What would happen to workers, and communities across the country, if labor unions disappeared?

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