Organized Labor

Woking 9 to 5 Share This

Oren Cass | Sep 24, 2021 | Business

In their adoption of “progressive” agendas, both unions and corporations have ignored entirely the preferences and interests of workers. (Whether an agenda that abandons workers can rightly be called progressive is a question for another day.) Not What They Bargained For, the American Compass survey of worker attitudes, highlights the ways that the labor movement’s […]

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Workers Are People, Not Widgets: An Epilogue Share This

Amber Lapp | Sep 30, 2020 | Organized Labor

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. But there’s a fascinating plot twist that we learned about just before the essay went to press: a multinational corporation bought Alex’s company, and […]

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Give Workers Power to Boost Productivity, Reduce Inequality Share This

Wells King | Sep 29, 2020 | Organized Labor

Re: Why conservatives should embrace labor unions to reduce economic inequality

Last week in USA Today, I argued that reinvigorating the American labor movement could address economic inequality in a way that should appeal to conservatives – achieving a kind of pre-distribution with minimal state interference and greater worker input. It’s an approach that echoes themes of the recent American Compass statement: a well-functioning system of […]

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Labor Market, Labor Code—Or Labor Bazaar? Share This

Michael Lind | Sep 07, 2020 | Organized Labor

There are only two ways to establish the price of something, including a day’s wages for a worker—the market and the state. Impersonal market forces, beyond the control of either employers or employees, can be allowed to determine how much a worker is paid. If we do not want to allow a free labor market […]

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The Quest for Community on Labor Day Share This

Wells King | Sep 07, 2020 | Organized Labor

In its latest public statement, American Compass affirms the enduring importance of organized labor and the need for conservatives to have a stake in its future. It challenges a right-of-center accustomed to dismiss unions to instead reconsider their role in our common life as well as the deeper costs of their absence. But doing so […]

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Uber’s New Labor Law: Placation Without Representation Share This

Wells King | Aug 13, 2020 | Organized Labor

Re: I am the C.E.O. of Uber. Gig Workers Deserve Better.

The “gig” may soon be up for Uber. A San Francisco judge’s ruling that ride-sharing services must treat their drivers as employees has both Uber and Lyft threatening to discontinue service in California, seemingly conceding that their money-losing business model relies not only on the subsidy of endless investor capital but also the legal arbitrage […]

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A Note of Introduction Share This

Oren Cass | May 04, 2020 | Announcement

Welcome to American Compass. Our mission is to restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity. Many of the most insightful and creative policymakers, researchers, and pundits on the American right-of-center, and some on the left-of-center as well, are dedicating tremendous intellectual energy toward […]

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