NLF Highlights

A Debate in Sectoral Bargaining

NLF Highlights for March

As unionization campaigns continue to heat up around the country – from Starbucks and Amazon to tech and video game worker organizing – we bring you a debate regarding the optimal model for collective bargaining in the U.S. In the current issue of New Labor Forum, Larry Cohen, former president of the Communication Workers of America, argues for establishing sectoral, or industry-wide, bargaining. Cohen contends that this form of bargaining – common in most industrialized countries – would go a long way toward taking wages out of competition and raising labor standards in this country. University of California law professor Veena Dubal, by contrast, warns against this mode of bargaining. Citing cases in California and New York, Dubal shows how proposals to advance sectoral bargaining for Uber and Lyft drivers restricted their bargaining rights and fundamental worker protections. Anyone concerned about the fact that fully ninety percent of workers in the U.S. have no right to collectively bargain at all will find it essential to grapple with both sides of this controversy.

Table of Contents

  1. A Debate on Sectoral Bargaining / Larry Cohen and Veena Dubal, New Labor Forum
  2. Reinventing Solidarity Episode 28: “Reimagining Elder Care: Workers & the ‘Care Grid’ in an Aging Nation”
  3. Ants Among Elephants an Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India / CUNY SLU Virtual Event, March 24th, 12-1pm EST

A Debate on Sectoral Bargaining
by Larry Cohen and Veena Dubal, New Labor Forum

The pros and cons of sectoral bargaining are the subject of our “On the Contrary” section in the latest issue of New Labor Forum. Larry Cohen, former president of the Communications Workers of America, makes the case for sectoral (industry-wide) bargaining, the rule in most developed countries outside the U.S. Sectoral bargaining, he contends, would eliminate worker competition and . . .

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