Ellen Dannin on the Value of Unions

Countering the recent onslaught of popular culture and politics blaming unions for a host of financial and social problems, Penn State Law Professor Ellen Dannin has a useful post on Truthout:  Corporations, Unions and the Value of Opposition.  See also her previous post on organized teachers:  Confronting the Myths about Tenure’ and Teachers Unions.

In today’s political and legal climate, it is rare to hear even a mild, centrist defense of unions as a productive part of a pluralist interest balance furthering neutral due process (not a destructive “special” interest).   Can we even imagine going further to think of workers as having a stronger legal and moral claim to organized power than fictional corporate entities or their owners and managers?

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