Why Unions Matter Library

The Library is organized into the following sections:

Section 1: Union Organizing Efforts
Section 2: Anti-worker Threats and Actions
Section 3: The Union Difference
Section 4: Public Sector Unionization
Section 5: The Right to Work Experience
Section 6: Anti-union Arguments

Section 1: Union Organizing Efforts

a. Tyler Sonnemaker and Allana Akhtar, “New Tech Labor Movement Unites Office and Gig Workers After Protests,” Business Insider, July 21, 2020.

b. Carl Segerstrom, “Coronavirus Concerns Revive Labor Organizing,” Next City, July 8, 2020.

c. Shia Kapos, “Unions tap into burst of worker angst over coronavirus,” Politico, June 15, 2020.

d. Hamilton Nolan, “The Case For Sectoral Bargaining Is Now Stronger Than Ever,” In These Times, May 21, 2020.

e. Jessica Goodheart, “Can Workers Organize in the Deep South During the Pandemic?” Capital & Main, May 11, 2020.

f. Amazonians United, “How Amazon Workers Are Organizing for the Long Haul,” Labor Notes, May 11, 2020.

g. Bryce Covert, “Across Class Lines: Amazon Tech Workers Join Warehouse Workers in Protests,” The American Prospect, May 1, 2020.

h. Eli Rosenberg, “House Passes Bill to Rewrite Labor Laws and Strengthen Unions,” Portside Labor, February 7, 2020.

i. Lauren Kaori Gurley, “Instacart Workers Win Historic Union Election,” Portside Labor, February 4, 2020.

jj. Don McIntosh, “Union campaign at Columbia Sportswear,” Northwest Labor Press, January 2, 2020.

Section 2: Anti-worker Threats and Actions 

a. Martin Hart-Landsberg, “The pandemic, technology, and remote work: the corporate push for greater control over workers’ lives,” Reports from the Economic Front, August 11, 2020.

b. Sarah Kessler, “Companies Are Using Employee Survey Data to Predict — and Squash — Union Organizing,” One Zero, July 31, 2020.

c. Nicole Narea, “The Federal Agency That’s Supposed to Protect Workers is Toothless on Covid-19,” Vox, July 13, 2020.

d. Marty Johnson, “States Tell Workers They’ll Lose Unemployment Benefits if They Refuse to Return to Jobs,” The Hill, April 28, 2020.

e. Michael Hiltzik, “As coronavirus devastates state budgets, conservatives target public worker pensions,” LA Times, April 24, 2020.

f. Michael Sainato, “Trader Joe’s and Other’s Suppress Unionization Efforts During Pandemic,” The Guardian, April 23, 2020.

g. Michelle F Davis and Jeff Green, “Three Hours Longer, the Pandemic Workday Has Obliterated Work-Life Balance,” Bloomberg News, April 23, 2020.

h. Celine McNicholas, “In Midst of a Pandemic, Trump’s NLRB Makes it Nearly Impossible for Workers to Organize a Union,” Economic Policy Institute, March 31, 2020.

i. Maxine Bernstein, “National Labor Relations Board sues Oregon, wants judge to nullify state’s workplace meeting law,” Oregon Live, February 7, 2020.

j. William Lewis, “Trump Labor Board Escalates War on Workers’ Rights,” Portside Labor, December 22, 2019.

k. Michelle Chen, “Bosses Are Charged with Breaking the Law in Over 40% of Union Campaigns,” Portside Labor, December 13, 2019.

l. Gabriel Winant, “Life Under the Algorithm, How a relentless speedup is reshaping the working class,” The New Republic, December 4, 2019.

Section 3: The Union Difference

a. Celine McNicholas, Lynn Rhinehart, Margaret Poydock, Heidi Shierholz, and Daniel Perez, “Why unions are good for workers—especially in a crisis like COVID-19,” Economic Policy Institute, Report, August 25, 2020.

b. David Kroman, “Labor Council to Seattle Police Union: Address Racism or Get Out,” Crosscut, June 4, 2020.

c. Jared Odessky, “ What Do Unions Do in a Pandemic,” On labor, April 6, 2020.

d. Meagan Day, “Americans Are Starting to Love Unions Again,” Jacobin, September 2, 2019.

e. Lynn Rhinehart, “Let’s not forget unions and collective action when discussing victories on workers’ rights,” Economic Policy Institute, February 11, 2019.

f. Mark Brenner and Lina Stepick, “The Union Advantage: How Oregon Unions Raise Wages, Improve Benefits, and Contribute to the State Economy,” University of Oregon, Labor Education and Research Center, February 2019.

Section 4: Public Sector Unionization

a. Travis Albert, “Milwaukee-Area Letter Carriers Are Refusing to Go Along with Mail Delays,” Labor Notes, August 19, 2020.

b. Barbara Madeloni, “Educators Demand Virtual Schools as ‘Least Bad’ but Safe Option,” Labor Notes, August 17, 2020.

c. Dave Jamieson, “California Child Care Workers Will Hold The Biggest Union Election In Years,” Portside Labor, February 5, 2020.

d. Micah Uetricht, You Don’t Get This Perfect Storm of Class Struggle Very Often–An Interview with Eric Blanc,” Jacobin, July 5, 2019.

e. Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, “Oregon Governor Signs Sweeping Union Rights Law Affecting Public Employers,” The National Law Review, July 1, 2019.

f. Johanna Brenner, “California Teachers on the March: An Interview with Joel Jordan,” Solidarity, April 4, 2019.

g.  Reid Wilson, “States race to prevent teacher strikes by boosting pay,” The Hill, January 19, 2019.

h. Heather Gies, “Disaster Averted: How Unions Have Dodged the Blow of Janus (So Far),” In These Times, January 12, 2019.

Section 5: The Right to Work Experience

a. Eric Dirnbach, “What’s the Likely Effect of the Janus Case? Let’s Look at the Numbers,” Portside, March 19, 2018.

b. Robin Urevich, “Judging Janus: The Money Machine Behind the Attacks on Labor,” Portside, November 20, 2017.

c. Bill Knight, “Iowa Workers Defy Attempt to Weaken Their Unions,” Pekin Times, November 14, 2017.

d. Desmoinesdem, “GOP Law Fails to Break Iowa’s Largest Public Sector Unions,” Bleeding Heartland, October 25, 2017.

e. Don McIntosh, “’Right to Work’ coming to the public sector,” Northwest Labor Press, May 16, 2017.

f. Steve Smith, “Rep. Steve King and the Racist Origins of So-Called Right to Work,” California Labor Federation, March 13, 2017.

g. Leah Fried, “Five Steps to Maintain Unity and Membership under Right to Work,” Labor Notes, February 1, 2017.

h. Ross Eisenbrey and Teresa Kroeger, “A tale of two states (and what it tells us about so-called ‘right-to-work’ laws),” Economic Policy Institute, blog, January 12, 2017.

Section 6: Anti-union Arguments 

a. Daniel DiSalvo, “Not Public-Spirited, Government-employee unions—including those for police—put the power and interests of their workers above the public interest,” City Journal, June 8, 2020.

b. Richard A. Epstein, “The Decline Of Unions Is Good News,” Defining Ideas, Hoover Institution, January 27, 2020.

c. Elizabeth Hovde, “The union way – penalizing community-minded employers,” Oregonian, May 28, 2018.

d. Steve Buckstein and Kathryn Hickok, “My View: Time to stop forcing union membership,” Portland Tribune, August 24, 2017.

e. Oregonian Editorial Board, “Oregon ‘right to work’ initiative is suddenly very relevant: Editorial Agenda 2016,” The Oregonian, April 1, 2016.

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