Democracy and Unions: Do They Need Each Other?

WERU 89.9 FM
Blue Hill, ME
Sunday, September 5, 2021
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM.

For the Labor Day weekend, we'll rebroadcast our May show, talking about the historical and contemporary link between labor organizing and expanding political rights like voting. Is union organizing an important, if not essential, tool in building a vibrant democracy? Has the diminution of labor unions contributed to the politics of resentment? Has it provided fertile ground for the current moment of populist anger and stridently divided politics? What led to the demise of unions over the last half century? How could they come back? 

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Read our op-ed in the Lewiston Sun Journal recapping important ideas from this show.

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