Why Unions Matter

TitleWhy Unions Matter
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsYates, M.
PublisherMonthly Review Press
CityNew York
KeywordsAFL-CIO, American labor movement, bargaining power, benefits, Change to Win, collective bargaining, elections

Unions mean better pay, benefits, and working conditions for their members; they force employers to treat employees with dignity and respect; and at their best, they provide a way for workers to make society both more democratic and egalitarian. Yates uses simple language, clear data, and engaging examples to show why workers need unions, how unions are formed, how they operate, how collective bargaining works, the role of unions in politics, and what unions have done to bring workers together across the divides of race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. (publisher’s statement)