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
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.
I notice Bernie released a sectoral bargaining plan. Here's something I wrote about sectoral bargaining two weeks ago!
4/A labor union comeback -- especially SECTORAL unions -- is exactly what we need to transform local service jobs into "good jobs".