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Oren Cass on the Conservative Case for Labor Unions

American Compass’s Oren Cass joins the Quillette podcast to discuss the conservative future for the labor movement.

Worker Power, Loose Borders: Pick One

A funny thing happened in the days after we published “What Happened: The Trump Presidency in Review.” The collection’s emphasis on the success of economic policies that pushed the labor market toward full employment attracted substantial interest from proponents of looser fiscal and monetary policy. But that “strange new respect” came with the mandatory caveat that we were still wrong to suggest increased immigration enforcement and a slower inflow of new workers might be part of the same package.

CEOs: If You Really Believe in Stakeholder Capitalism, Now Is Your Chance To Make It Real

American Compass’s work on corporate responsibility and labor reforms is highlighted as a key example of the growth a bipartisan consensus on the obligations of businesses.

Salary Bands and the Truth about Wages

How are wages set in the United States?

Worker’s Party—or Pro-Worker Power Shift?

In the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump’s share of the white vote shrank while his share of the nonwhite vote increased.

A Reformed Labor Movement Could Advance Conservative Values and Priorities

American Compass’s Oren Cass responds to Michael Watson’s rejection of collective bargaining, arguing that organized labor can advance conservative principles.

Escape from the Working Class

Discussions about policies to help the multiracial American working class majority as a whole typically take a detour into the completely unrelated subject of how to help individuals escape from the working class.

Tales of Bureaucratic Incompetence and the Sins of the Left and Right

After working as a manager at Chick-Fil-A for four years, Elizabeth Nowowiejski, a married mother of two living in Toledo, began a new job as a patient coordinator at a Read more…

CQ Future: Unions

American Compass’s Oren Cass talks with Jim Saksa about how unions should be reinvented and not abandoned by conservatives.

New Deal Social Security
No, the New Deal Wasn’t Racist

Save for the Civil Rights Act, no single federal policy or program has done more to advance racial equity than Social Security.

Let Workers Enjoy the Fruits of their Productivity Gains

Amber and David Lapp have written movingly about the current plight of America’s workers (here and here). The commodification of labor that they describe is not new by any means. Over the last 40 years, inequality has mounted, and workers in turn have seen their quality of life eroded, as their income share of GDP has collapsed.

Workers Are People, Not Widgets: An Epilogue

Earlier this month my husband David and I wrote about Alex, a worker at an Ohio-based unionized factory, and the way the union saved his job after conflict with a supervisor.

Is the Conservative Case for Organized Labor an Oxymoron?

American Compass’s Oren Cass discusses a conservative future for organized labor with Hamilton Nolan.

Give Workers Power to Boost Productivity, Reduce Inequality

It’s an approach that echoes themes of the recent American Compass statement: a well-functioning system of organized labor should both “render[] much bureaucratic oversight superfluous” and reinforce the benefits of tight labor markets “through economic agency and self-reliance, rather than retreat to dependence on redistribution.”

Michael Lind: Why Conservatives Should Care About Unions

American Compass contributing writer Michael Lind discusses his essay on remodeling labor law from American Compass’s A Seat at the Table collection.

Conservatives Should Embrace Labor Unions

Brad Littlejohn interviews American Compass’s Oren Cass about why conservatives should be interested in the future of America’s labor movement.

“Pro-Labor” Conservatives Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon

Socialists express their concern that a conservative pitch to the working class will succeed, “especially when Democrats continue to abandon unions and the working class.”

Ending with a Starting Point

Would sectoral bargaining provide a better framework for American labor law?

Can the GOP Empower the Workers of Today and Tomorrow?

The Republican Study Committee’s American Worker Task Force has just released a new report, “Reclaiming the American Dream: Proposals to Empower the Workers of Today and Tomorrow”.  As such it Read more…

Economic and Political Bargaining Both Depend on Trust

Would sectoral bargaining provide a better framework for American labor law?

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