By Diane F. Frey, PhD
Assistant Professor of Labor Studies and Director of the Labor Studies BA Degree Program
Sometimes even I can’t help but wonder, who cares or has time to worry about labor struggles in other parts of the world when working families here in the U.S. are so busy trying to get by? But how workers organize across the globe really does matter for the U.S. labor movement.
Case in point: two union organizing drives currently in the news are taking place in corporations owned by German parent companies – companies with strong unions and worker representation. Meanwhile here in the U.S., workers at companies like T-Mobile and Volkswagen are seeking to form a union and are reaching out to their German counterparts and German “work councils” for assistance in their campaigns. Continue reading