Bend the trend: Reviving unionization in America

“It is wrong to assume that collective bargaining is incompatible with our modern economy. The truth is that our labor laws have not been sufficiently modernized. That has come at great cost: Although correlation is not causation, solid research finds that, unsurprisingly, declining unionization rates and increasing income concentration at the top (see the blue line in the figure) are related. ‘Among men,’ the report notes, ‘the erosion of collective bargaining has been the largest single factor driving a wedge between middle- and high-wage workers.’”

By Jared Bernstein

Read the op-ed in the Washington Post