Unions are under fire as states try to balance their budgets. We discuss what role both public and private unions have in the modern economy, and whether Washington should intervene.
30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: A look at the role of organized labor in politics and the future of unions. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.
Ester Fuchs, professor of international and public affairs and political science at School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and former advisor to Mayor Bloomberg, explains what the Chicago teachers strike tells us about the national conversation about education, and what it means for New York City teachers.
The attorney general believes a section New York charities law enables him to regulate any group that collects more than $25,000 from New York state donors.
In light of the failed Wisconsin recall, Joe Nocera, New York Times op-ed columnist and co-author of All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis, discusses the correlation between the decline of unions and the widening gap between the rich and the middle class.
Not long ago, a Republican Governor elected just after the Obama landslide in a “blue” state painted a line in the sand.
In a big-union state, he took on the unions. In a state formed by rail transportation, he killed a big federal rail project and sent huge sums back to the federal government. The more the unions howled, the happier he seemed poking sharp sticks in their eyes.
The budget battle in Wisconsin is putting public employee unions on the spot. Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker discusses what Wisconsin tells us about public vs. private unions and the future of collective bargaining.