In Tuesday's New York Times, pundit Joe Nocera writes a lengthy plug for Tim Noah's The Great Divergence, focusing on one of the myriad causes Noah identifies as responsible for the explosion of inequality in recent decades: the decline of labor unions.
We are called to hold up the dignity and respect of all people. We stand in support of the just and ethical treatment of workers and against the abuse of power by any individual or institution with respect to their workers.
Union leaders supporting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline understand that supporting jobs for their members is the reason the unions exist, not to join with the enemy and fight against their own members' best interests.
Instead of giving those same old, tired, faux-patriotic stump speeches that glorify American virtues and accentuate American exceptionalism, our politicians need to adopt a broader, more internationalist view.
Fixing immigration and fixing labor are inseparable. Immigration reform could give increasing freedom to workers to organize without fear, but without vigorous protections on organizing, employers still hold all the cards.