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Labor Lesson 1: Unions

The slides will advance themselves on a timer, but you can use the controls at the bottom to pause, skip ahead, or repeat something. Be sure to turn up your speakers for a few different video and audio segments. Make sure to wait when the slide titled “Watch: Six Ways Unions Build a Strong Middle Class” to learn about the economic and democratic benefits of unions.


“It’s a checks and balances system. It allows us to talk about the issues in a safe environment, to work things out collectively together with the employer.”

In this lesson, you will learn about the value of unions, particularly the way union membership supports greater shared prosperity. You will hear directly from workers about the ways unions have benefited their lives, see a variety of means by which unions help to build a stronger middle class, and learn about current legislation related to Anti-Unionization.