24 January 2013 Leave a comment
The trend is undeniable. Unions will not be what they have been. But what will they become? One end is “gone.” Every other possible outcome must then be “different.” If unions are about protecting workers and worker rights, the union leadership had better change the shape of the union to match what the workers feel they need and to what they are entitled that they are not getting. That may be something other than money or political influence. Whether management is on steroids or labor is suffering dystrophy, might will not yield rights in a fight. The need to belong to an organization of fellow souls is probably meaningful to humans. Discovering the commonality of souls must be the first task of New Unionism.