Union Summer 2023: Solidarity Forever!

Sep 4, 2023 | PDA News

We Have Much to Celebrate this Labor Day, and Much More Work to Do!
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From our Executive Director, Alan Minsky:

The prevailing economic order of the past 45 years, neoliberalism, was predicated on breaking unions and weakening the labor movement. The results were predictable: the working class majority of society struggled immensely, while a wealthy minority took all the gains.

The labor movement, however, is resilient and persistent. In the summer of 2023, workers have been standing up and standing together across the country.

Tired of ever-longer work days with stagnant wages in undignified workplaces, workers are saying to each other, “Enough is enough, let’s stand together and make demands collectively.”

The Writers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild are on strike together for the first time in 60 years. Teamsters threatened to lead the largest strike in U.S. history against one company, UPS, forcing management to the table to produce a reasonable contract. The United Auto Workers are poised to strike against all of the Big Three—GM, Ford, and Atlantis (formerly  Chrysler)—if contract talks continue to stall.

Meanwhile, Starbucks workers continue to unionize across the land, Amazon workers are organizing, hotel workers in Los Angeles walked off the job again this past week, and even Waffle House workers in South Carolina have voted to form a union.

Minsky describes this massive labor upsurge as exciting and unprecedented, but also uncertain. “The general public currently has an overwhelmingly favorable view of unionized workers,” he says, “but the bosses of industry remain unfazed. All evidence suggests their intent is to crush organized labor in every one of these efforts.”

PDA can, and must, play a significant role in supporting the current surge of union activism. Our activists are predominantly poor, working- and middle-class Americans—who, like the majority of Americans today, are not union members. But we unwaveringly support the labor movement and the current surge of labor actions.

This momentous Labor Day of 2023, we at PDA recommit ourselves and our organizational resources to our brothers and sisters, loudly proclaiming our support for organized labor, and calling for all U.S. residents to stand with unionized workers.

Our goal is to elevate the practice of supporting the union movement to the same level as other defining positions of the progressive movement.

Want to join PDA’s campaign to support and elevate the re-energized U.S. Labor Movement?

We’re all in this together. Happy Labor Day!

In solidarity,

Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team