USA sets example for Europe with initiative on organising and collective bargaining


The US government has set out 70 recommendations to encourage collective bargaining and union membership making it easier for many federal employees to join unions and eliminating barriers for union organizers to talk with workers. A report by the administration’s Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment, says, “it is our administration’s belief that unions benefit all of us.” The report notes that  union households earn up to 20% more than non-union households, with an even greater union advantage for workers with less formal education and workers of colour. The report calls for enforcement to ensure that money going to federal contractors is not spent on anti-union campaigns. Other recommendations include making the federal government a model employer in terms of shaping jobs, ensuring that federal employees know their labour rights, and improving labour-management communications. Further in the Guardian newspaper.