Looking Back At Unions’ Lost Power

Today What Unions No Longer Do author Jake Rosenfeld looks back at the power that unions used to have. He points to President Nixon’s appointment of union organizer W. J. Usery Jr. to be an assistant Secretary of Labor — something Rosenfeld says would be “unthinkable” today.

Sarah Jaffe responds, pointing out that today “attacks on labor are not just a small facet of today’s conservative ideology, but central to it.”

We’ll be hosting a live chat (sub. req.) with Rosenfeld and Jaffe as well as with MSNBC’s Ned Resnikoff and labor intellectual Rich Yeselson on Friday at noon.