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The power dynamic in labor has shifted and pickets are seemingly everywhere. But for how long?
From auto production lines to Hollywood, the power of labor unions is back in the national spotlight
But despite historic strikes and record contract negotiations this year, there's a lot stacked against labor organizers today. Union membership rates have been falling for decades due to changes in the U.S. economy, employer opposition, growing political partisanship and legal challenges.
“Even though we’re seeing stronger support for unions, (with) the highest popularity of union favorability in polls since at least 1960s, translating the worker desire for representation into actual representation is really hard under our current system,” Alexander Colvin, dean of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, told The Associated Press.