It Is Time To Recognize Labor’s Civil Right To Organize

So say Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Z. Marvit in a NYT op-ed, “A Civil Right to Unionize.” Hear, hear! The decline of union representation in America corresponds directly with the decline of the middle class. Let’s put a stop to both declines. Legislation establishing a legal civil right to organize, analogous to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act, would go a long way toward improving the situations of working people. I am of the opinion that a right to organize is among the unenumerated rights American citizens already have, but in some cases we have to pass legislation to establish such rights beyond the reach of the 1%. The right to organize is such a case.

Obama gave a rousing speech to the AFL-CIO UAW two days ago. Now he needs to follow up. His support for a legal right to unionize would be an opportunity for him to cement his relations with labor in America. On the other hand, if he never comments on the proposal, …

CORRECTION: I mistakenly linked to a Labor Day speech from an earlier year. I’ve removed the link while I look for the correct one. The link has now been fixed.

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