organized labor

What Unions Should Have Said in New Ad Campaign

Organized labor in the U.S. has been under sustained assault for some time; now, unions are fighting back with a major ad campaign designed to improve their image. Problem is, the centerpiece commercial mangles the message -- and misses the point.

Strike! Eleven of the Best Union Movies Ever

Regardless of your political leanings, the struggle for fair wages and collective bargaining is fraught with drama, and Hollywood's union movies have inspired some amazing performances. With the public workers standoff in the news now, here are a few of Tinseltown's best offerings.

Labor's Fall -- Not Oil's Rise -- Is Key to Inflation

Despite all the worry over the impact of rising oil prices, recall that the U.S. is now a largely services-based economy, and observe that the rising wages that have led to real overall cost rises in decades past are nowhere to be found today. Exhibit A is in Wisconsin.

State Governments Are Just Adding to Labor's Woes

American labor unions have been in decline for a half-century now -- and, currently, virtually the only large unions still growing are those in the public sector. Until now. Cash-strapped states are attacking unions where it hurts by trying to strip them of the right to collectively bargain.

This Could Be the End of Labor Unions

If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gets his way on restricting collective bargaining for state workers, other governors are sure to follow suit. With labor unions already suffering from a sharp drop in membership, these changes could be a death knell.

The UAW's Bob King: Out to Repair an Image Problem

Elected president of United Auto Workers union on June 16, King must reintroduce the union to the many Americans who have an unfavorable view of unions. Then, there's the matter of rebuilding membership by targeting foreign makers' U.S. plants.