House Subcommittee holds hearing on importance of worker centers

Discussion could help define the future of unions

The House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions is holding a hearing titled “The Future of Union Organizing.” The focus of the hearing is to discuss the increasing importance of worker centers within the union movement—and what their roles really should be. 

First, an explanation: Worker centers are non-profit organizations that provide services for workers in construction, restaurants, retail, food processing, agricultural, landscaping and domestic professions. They have garnered attention of late for assisting employees in these professions with staging what some call strikes in an effort to secure higher wages, better benefits and the right to form unions. 


Cathleen Flahardy

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