Independent Unions: Proof of Labor’s Broken Institutions

Source: In These Times
by Hamilton Nolan

“This year has brought a lot of stirring labor victories, a pace of union campaigns and strikes so frenetic that it’s easy to collapse in a puddle of undifferentiated cheering for stuff. The most important trend, though, has been the sudden rise of independent unions – organizing drives at untouched companies led by the workers themselves, not affiliated with any existing major unions. … The rise of all of these independents is inspiring. It is the flowering of seeds that were planted by 40 years of rising inequality, and by the work of an entire generation of labor movement activists pushing unions as the solution. If we are being honest, though, the story of these independent unions is also a story about the brokenness of organized labor’s existing institutions.” (09/19/22)