If there’s one value the labor movement holds highest, it’s solidarity.
A brilliant recent example is Kohler, Wisconsin, where 2,100 factory workers struck against two-tier wages. Most strikers were top-tier workers standing up for their lower-tier brothers and sisters—a point of pride for the union.
This kind of solidarity generally doesn’t make national headlines, though. Instead we’re fed a steady diet of billionaire Donald Trump’s attacks on Mexicans, Muslims, and other working people.
Auto workers at Chrysler will vote next week on a second contract proposal, after voting down the first agreement in a landslide in late September.
Contracts expired in August for 28,000 union members at AT&T Southeast and 38,000 at Verizon in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.