Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich Asks: Are American Workers on A General Strike?

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Robert Reich, author of "The Common Good," poses for a photo. (Photo: Courtesy of Robert Reich)

Hundreds of thousands of workers in industries ranging from health care to coal mining are on strike, in a massive wave of labor actions being dubbed “Striketober”.  But even off the picket lines there may be quieter indicators of worker rebellion. Employees are quitting at record rates and employers are struggling to find workers, even after hiking up wages. To former Labor Secretary and UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich, these are signs that American workers may finally have the bargaining power to push back against low wages, long hours and bad working conditions.  “You might say workers have declared a national general strike until they get better pay and improved working conditions” he wrote in an opinion piece for The Guardian.  We’ll talk to Robert Reich about this moment and the future of labor. 



Robert Reich, professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, He's served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton.