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From the Archives: The BART Strike and the State of Organized Labor


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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union workers with SEIU Local 1021 hold signs as they picket in front of the Lake Merritt station on July 2, 2013 in Oakland, California.
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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union workers with SEIU Local 1021 hold signs as they picket in front of the Lake Merritt station on July 2, 2013 in Oakland, California.

As the BART strike entered its third day, we discuss strikes and the tactics of organized labor. Union participation is dwindling and strikes have become increasingly uncommon in recent years, as workers fear putting their jobs in jeopardy during a bad economy. As the economy begins to improve, will workers head to the picket line to protest conditions they may have tolerated in leaner times? And are labor actions that brought change in the 1930s still effective now?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Harley Shaiken, professor of geography and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley; and specialist in labor issues who is recognized as a leading expert on the U.S. automotive industry
  • Phil Wilson, labor lawyer and president of the Labor Relations Institute, a management-side labor relations consulting firm

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