Marick F. Masters pens op-ed calling for labor unions to reinvent themselves


Marick F. Masters, a business professor at Wayne State University and director of Labor@Wayne, wrote an op-ed calling for labor unions to reinvent themselves. He recommended that they improve their public image; unify workers around a common set of aspirations: inclusiveness, opportunity, and social enlightenment; offer multiple platforms of representation; and assert their political independence from any one party. Masters wrote: “Organized labor deserves credit for building a strong middle class and promoting a pluralistic democracy. Yet unions are among the most vilified institutions. Beleaguered by decades of continual decline, organized labor struggles to maintain an influential position. To remain relevant, unions need to reinvent themselves and unite workers around uplifting goals.”

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