With the enactment of a “right-to-work” bill in the former union stronghold of Wisconsin, half the states have now eradicated a major pillar of the traditional trade union movement. At the same time, we see the emergence of a “new” movement of low-wage, contingent, immigrant and part-time workers – the fastest growing segment of the labor force – considering and deploying new strategies and tactics in the fight for economic justice.
Why now? What are the hard lessons of the setbacks to organized labor? Why and how can the Fight for $15 and other forms of the low-wage worker movement avoid the pitfalls of the past and not only obtain workplace justice but help lead all of society toward a new and equitable social order?