Service Industry Unions

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Tue Apr 20 09:37:18 PDT 1999

Jennifer A Young wrote:

>The article
>mentioned that unions have historically shunned "the young, low-wage workers
>that staff the retail sector".

Because they're very difficult to organize and because low-wage workers can't pay big dues. That last point is rarely talked about, but several people have told me that the UAW has shied away from organizing relatively low-wage workers in the auto parts industry because there's no financial payoff. On the other hand, some unions, like HERE and the SEIU, are giving it the old college try.


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