Unions and Politics

All nine democratic presidential hopefuls wooed the AFL-CIO convention this week, but union membership stagnates. Meanwhile, Verizon and its union workers struggle over job security and health care. Join Neal Conan for a look at the importance of unions in this economic and political climate. BR>

Michael Yates
*Labor Economist
*Author of Why Unions Matter (Monthly Review Press, 1999)

Steven Greenhouse
*Covers Labor and Workplace issues for The New York Times

Aaron Bartley
*Union Organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Chapter 615 (Boston Janitors Union)
*Organized janitors at Harvard for better wages and benefits (1998-2001)

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