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Unions have played a vital role in American history, helping to improve working conditions and create the standard 40-hour, 5-day workweek. Since the 1950s, however, when one of three American workers belonged to a union, organized labor has been declining, dropping to one of five workers in the 1980s to just one of ten today. But unions may be on the verge of a resurgence, with employees at Amazon, Google, Starbucks, and other major companies organizing at a pace not seen in generations. Is this a good sign for the United States? Advocates of unions praise them for providing better wages and job security for millions of Americans, forging a more robust middle class, and advancing the nation's economy. Opponents of unions, however, criticize them for raising consumer prices, increasing unemployment, reducing workers' incentives, and slowing economic growth. As the United States—and the American labor force—face new challenges in the 21st century, do unions work for the economy?
Length: 92 minutes
Copyright date: ©2022
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