A Conservative Future for the American Labor Movement
The trade union is a quintessentially Tocquevillian institution and the one that brought down Soviet communism. Conservatives must rescue the American labor movement from Big Labor’s partisanship and restore its community-building purpose.
Meet Alex and Lance, two blue-collar workers in southwestern Ohio. One had union representation as he sought a foothold in the labor market; the other did not. Their lives remind us that there is still power in a union.
Few Americans realize how our system of organized labor is an outlier among Western nations. In some European countries, unions attract a greater share of workers and maintain less adversarial relationships with business. A better understanding of these alternative models can guide American policymakers as they address our labor policy challenges.
Labor leader David Rolf and American Compass’s Oren Cass discuss the potential for sectoral bargaining in America.
News & Commentary
THE FORWARD—American Compass’s Oren Cass discusses his vision for a worker-centric conservatism, including a focus on unions and non-college pathways, in an interview with Batya Ungar-Sargon.
NATIONAL REVIEW—American Compass’s Oren Cass responds to Michael Watson’s rejection of collective bargaining, arguing that organized labor can advance conservative principles.
IN THESE TIMES—American Compass’s Oren Cass discusses a conservative future for organized labor with Hamilton Nolan.
PUBLIC DISCOURSE—Brad Littlejohn interviews American Compass’s Oren Cass about why conservatives should be interested in the future of America’s labor movement.
USA TODAY—American Compass’s Wells King connects dysfunctional labor laws, declining union-participation, and partisan interests to the rise of economic inequality.
WALL STREET JOURNAL—American Compass’s Oren Cass argues that a strong, reformed labor movement has unique potential to advance conservative priorities.
NEW YORK MAGAZINE—Eric Levitz interviews American Compass’s Oren Cass about his vision for a pro-worker conservatism.
FOX NEWS—American Compass’s Oren Cass joins Steve Hilton to announce a new project on a conservative future for the American labor movement.