Report: Pre-Majority Unionism

Overview of Union History, Structure, and Function

​​How the labor movement got into its current troubles and how pre-majority unionism can add another tool to rebuild worker power

A Brief History of the Growth of Unions

Workers in the U.S. have been organizing together and going on strike for hundreds of years.

Union Structure and Function

In the U.S., the basic group in a union is typically called the bargaining unit, which includes the workers who are covered by a particular contract.

Labor Movement Status and Recent Trends

Alternate forms of organizing became increasingly urgent as the number of unionized workers has declined.

Traditional Union Organizing

A standard form of union organizing through elections and subsequent contract negotiations has developed.

Why Aren't More Workers in Unions?

Unions haven't found ways to maintain high levels of effective organizing.