Why Unions Matter

November 1, 2020
Why Unions Matter

In this new edition of Why Unions Matter,Michael D. Yates shows why unions still matter. Unions mean betterpay, benefits, and working conditions for their members; they forceemployers to treat employees with dignity and respect; and at theirbest, they provide a way for workers to make society both moredemocratic and egalitarian. Yates uses simple language, clear data,and engaging examples to show why workers need unions, how unionsare formed, how they operate, how collective bargaining works, therole of unions in politics, and what unions have done to bringworkers together across the divides of race, gender, religion, andsexual orientation. The new edition not onlyupdates the first, butalso examines the record of the New Voice slate that took controlof the AFL-CIO in 1995, the continuing decline in union membershipand density, the Change to Win split in 2005, the growingimportance of immigrant workers, the rise of worker centers, theimpacts of and labor responses to globalization, and the need forlabor to have an independent political voice. This is simply thebest introduction to unions on the market.