The BART Strike and the State of Organized Labor

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As the BART strike enters 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?


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