Democracy Forum: Democracy and Unions Take Two

WERU 89.9 FM
Blue Hill, ME
Friday, March 15, 2024
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

We’ll revisit topics from our show in 2021, talking about the historical and contemporary links between labor organizing and expanding political rights like voting.  Is union organizing an important, if not essential, tool in building a vibrant democracy – of people having a voice in their self-governance? What led to the demise of unions over the last half century? What have been the political consequences? Are unions making a comeback? Why is that? What new trends are emerging here in Maine?

Special guests:

  • David Madland, Senior Fellow and senior adviser to the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress
  • Arthur Phillips, Economic Policy Analyst at the Maine Center for Economic Policy
  • Cynthia Phinney, President of the Maine AFL-CIO. In 2015, she was the first woman elected to that position and has held the position since.

This show will be pre-recorded; no listener calls will be taken. Comments and questions may be emailed to with Democracy Forum on the subject line. Learn more here.

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