The Democrats: Unmoored, and unable to compete

Jake RosenfeldJake Rosenfeld, associate professor of sociology in Arts & Sciences

 

The Democratic establishment’s abandonment of organized labor represents one of the most bewildering strategic moves by a major political party in generations.  Many have written of the economic consequences of labor’s decline.

But the political consequences of the disassociation are far-reaching, ongoing, and grow direr every day as union memberships continue to disappear in formerly-Democratic strongholds.

The move cannot be explained as a necessary, if painful, step to shed an outdated and unpopular set of organizations.  Unions’ popularity have declined alongside memberships, yet still 60% of the American public supports them.

The Democratic Party, meanwhile, is much less popular.

Read the full piece in On Labor.

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