Should Washington take sides between workers and owners?

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.

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30 Issues: Unions vs. Right to Work

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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.

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The Chicago Teachers Strike

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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.

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AG Schneiderman Looks to Force Big Donor Disclosure

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


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.


What the ConEd Lockout Means for Labor

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Susan Schurman, dean of the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, discusses the ConEd lockout as it relates to the larger conversation about the role of labor unions and strategy.

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Shortchanged: Joe Nocera on Unions and the Middle Class

Thursday, June 07, 2012

In light of the failed Wisconsin recall, Joe NoceraNew 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.

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As Walker Rises, So Does Christie

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


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.

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What Does the Future Hold for U.S. Labor?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Some people say that if Governor Walker gets his legislation through that would weaken public sector unions, it's inevitbale that the Republicans will also take some steps to weaken private sector unions.

Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Wisconsin Public Union Battle and the Future of U.S. Labor

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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.

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