Opinion: America's new class war: Organized labor is back - LaborLab

Opinion: America's new class war: Organized labor is back

There is one last hope for the United States. It does not lie in the ballot box. It lies in the union organizing and strikes by workers at Amazon, Starbucks, Uber, Lyft, John Deere, Kellogg; the Special Metals plant in Huntington, West Virginia, owned by Berkshire Hathaway; the Northwest Carpenters Union, Kroger, teachers in Chicago, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona; fast\ food workers, hundreds of nurses in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Organized workers, often defying their timid union leadership, are on the march across the United States. Over 4 million workers, about 3% of the work force, mostly from accommodation and food services, health care and social assistance, transportation, housing and utilities have walked away from their jobs, rejecting poor pay along with punishing and risky working conditions. There is a growing consensus — 68% in a recent Gallup poll, with that number climbing to 77% of those between the ages of 18 and 34 — that the only way left to alter the balance of power and force concessions from the ruling capitalist class is to mobilize and strike, although only 9% of the U.S. work force is unionized. Forget the woke Democrats. This is a class war.

Read Chris Hedges' opinion piece in full.