The editors of Labor Notes asked several activists to contribute articles for a special 400th issue of the magazine. They requested we address what happened to labor—and what we should do given the spot we’re in.
I wrote an article arguing that we must continue to fight for labor law reform. However, when the next opportunity for reform arrives, union membership will be smaller and our political clout even more diminished.
If we are to succeed, we have to have a campaign (unlike EFCA) that can be waged at the local and state level. Future reform proposals must be wrapped in a broader mantle that will appeal to all workers.
I’m proposing a campaign to pass a state law requiring “just cause” before a worker is fired. Such a campaign could also spur union growth, since one of the top reasons workers are afraid of organizing is the knowledge they are likely to be terminated for assisting a union drive.
Read the article here: http://labornotes.org/2012/06/labor-law-reform-we-need
Could a “Just Cause” reform law pass in Massachusetts? What would the campaign look like? Who would support it and how much would it cost?
I would certainly like to hear others views on this topic!