As pink slips pile up and Americans are railing against corporate excess, some say organized labor has the opportunity for a resurgence. That would mark a dramatic turnaround for unions, who’ve seen membership shrink below nine percent of the American workforce. Kojo explores labor’s past and future — and previews the looming battles you’ll soon see emerge on Capitol Hill.


  • Nelson Lichtenstein Director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy, UC Santa Barbara
  • Melanie Trottman Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • Anna Burger Secretary/Treasurer, Service Employees International Union; Chair, Change to Win labor federation; Member of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board

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