In states across the country, elected officials and right-wing pundits are calling not just for cuts to wages and benefits in the name of austerity, but even proposing laws to undermine labor unions’ influence, and in fact, their very existence. We host a roundtable discussion with New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse; Michael Zweig of the Center for Study of Working Class Life; and Art Levine of the Washington Monthly.
Steven Greenhouse, labor and workplace reporter for the New York Times, and author of “The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker.”
Art Levine, contributing Editor at Washington Monthly, he also writes regularly on labor, health, financial and other reform issues at the Working In These Times blog, Truthout.org, and the Huffington Post.
Michael Zweig, Professor of economics and director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is author of “What’s Class Got to Do with It?” and “The Working Class Majority: America’s Best Kept Secret”