Unions and Strikes in the Age of Austerity?

Fast Food Workers Strike/ Protest in Chicago (Photo credit: danxoneil)

Workers’ unions and strikes are arguably the most powerful collective action tool available to laborers. However, during what has been called the “Glided Age of Austerity”, an age that has seen a huge rise in wealth inequality, unions and strikes seem to be a thing of the past. Over the past year, that trend seemed to reverse.

This summer, thousands of low-wage workers in retail and fast food went on strike to demand a living wage of $15 per hour. The Fight for 15 (FF15) campaign went public in …read more