Katie Barrows, Ethan Miller, & Kayla Blado

Katie Barrows is vice president of communications for the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU); Ethan Miller is its secretary-treasurer; and Kayla Blado is its president.  

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The Millennialization of American Labor

A generation of young workers is rebuilding a battered union movement.

On May 4, 1886, thousands of workers rallied together in Chicago’s Haymarket Square to campaign for an eight-hour workday—initiating a tradition of protest for some of the most basic human rights. That was formalized on May 1, 1890, when the first International Workers’ Day was celebrated around the world. In the 133 years since, workers and their unions have continued to fight for their rights—winning fights 80 years ago to establish the federal minimum wage, secure collective bargaining rights, and even raising wages for non-union workers by setting industry-wide standards. During the mid-20th century when union density was its strongest, unions reduced overall inequality . But that was then. In the decades since, collective bargaining rights have been under unending attack and it is no accident that union density in the United States has declined to near single digits. Up to 87 percent of private-sector employers fight their employees’ efforts to...