What’s Behind America’s ‘Union Moment’?

Union members picket outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa., Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.
Union members picket outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa., Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Matt Rourke / AP Photo
Union members picket outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa., Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.
Union members picket outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa., Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Matt Rourke / AP Photo

What’s Behind America’s ‘Union Moment’?

Membership rates in American labor unions have been in a steady decline since the late 1950s. Nationwide “Right to Work” laws have also reduced their capacity to raise funds.

Reset sits down with a labor historian to understand why, despite these setbacks, unions are getting bolder in their organizing tactics and seeing an increase in public support.

GUEST: Elizabeth Shermer, Associate Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago