A Proposal to American Labor & Unions on the Net

Richard B. Freeman, and Joel Rogers. A Proposal to American Labor. no. 274, The Nation, 2002, pp. 18-24.

This June 24, 2002 article discusses the changing dynamic within labor unions-present labor organizing is not keeping pace with economic changes and a nearly lethal employer and policy environment. The authors propose the idea of “open-source unionism,” a type of unionism in which membership is more diversified and the internet is used as a means of communication. The case for “open-source unionism” begins by recognizing that traditional unionism and strategies for advancing it are not succeeding.