Today's post is about Pete Buttigieg's plans to expand collective bargaining to entire industries. It's a good idea, but might have an even better idea. And Germany's system might be best of all.
Increasing labor's bargaining power would be a boon to America's lower and middle classes, argues via
21/Instead of arguing about "robots vs. China", we need to focus on turning service jobs into good jobs
Good ideas here by on how wage boards and worker councils would reverse de-unionization and encourage sectoral bargaining. Unclear how we would get there
Local service jobs are the ideal jobs for sectoral wage bargaining, because they aren't subject to international competition. A U.S. electronics manufacturer can be outcompeted by the Malaysians if its union sets wages too high. A U.S. restaurant cannot.
9/First, I believe the government can't shoulder the entire burden of equalizing the economy. Decades of successful Republican opposition to the welfare state have proven that. Instead, we need additional, quasi-independent institutions, like unions.
4/A labor union comeback -- especially SECTORAL unions -- is exactly what we need to transform local service jobs into "good jobs".
I notice Bernie released a sectoral bargaining plan. Here's something I wrote about sectoral bargaining two weeks ago!
I mean the only thing I can remember ever praising Pete for was his support for sectoral wage bargaining.
5/The solution is to shift to sectoral bargaining. Sectoral bargaining means that all of the employers in a certain industry and a certain region would bargain together with all the workers in that industry in that region.