https://i2.wp.com/genderpolicyreport.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Labor-image.jpg?fit=687%2C518&ssl=1 518 687 Debra Fitzpatrick http://genderpolicyreport.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/gendereport.png Debra Fitzpatrick2017-11-08 22:58:452018-02-05 19:16:13Union Organizing is a Gender Justice Issue
The Democratic Party released its Better Deal platform in June that included a call for a higher minimum wage, better jobs, and worker training. Conspicuously absent, however, was any mention of unions. This was quite a stunning departure from the original New Deal that had unions and labor organizing at its very core. Last week the Democrats finally released a new plank that focuses on labor law reform, under the banner of “Give Workers the Freedom to Negotiate a Better Deal.” While no one expects the proposals to pass anytime soon, their inclusion signals that the Democrats may wrap workers’ freedom to organize into the 2019 platform. Will the Democrats stick with labor law reform this time around? For women workers’ sake, let’s hope so. After all, workers’ right to freely form unions and bargain collectively is a gender justice issue; unions help women close the wage gap, rise out of poverty, and address power issues on the job.