Dayton Daily News: Marick Masters on union trends

Ohio’s jobs and wages on this Labor Day are unquestionably stronger than where they were in the depths of the Great Recession. But years after the recession officially ended, the state still lags national numbers in both categories. Marick Masters, former director of Labor@Wayne at Wayne State University, sees some signs of restlessness, pointing to teachers’ strikes in West Virginia and elsewhere, the largest hotel workers strike in U.S. history that ended last year and a possible strike by non-faculty university employees in Oregon. ”I think there are signs in certain areas of growing militancy among workers, but it remains to be seen whether we’re at a tipping point in the sense that this could produce significant gains in union membership and bargaining representation,” Masters said.

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