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Workers of the World Divide

The Decline of Labor and the Future of the Middle Class

Authors: Bruce Western, and Jake Rosenfeld
May/June 2012
Foreign Affairs


Unions underwrote the affluence of U.S. workers in the last century. They ensured that manual work paid white-collar wages and gave laborers a voice in politics. But now, unions are declining, and the working and middle classes are paying the price. Reviving labor won't be easy -- but doing so is critical to preserving America's economic and social health.

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