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Why labor unions make people less racist | Salon.com

02 Jul

By: Ricardo Torres


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Union members have higher wages compared to other workers. Now, a new study finds they change the way you see the world, too

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The claim that organized labor has been a force for racial egalitarianism can only be called a myth. It is one of the many myths that pro-union historians have perpetuated. Organized labor’s struggle for the right to bargain collectively, unemployment insurance, and minimum wage laws was a central part of its liberal program. But in non-economic matters, in such areas as civil liberties for political dissidents, and equality of opportunity for racial minorities, the practices of many influential labor unions can hardly be described as liberal. Many unions have a long history of racial discrimination.

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