IN THE US SOME 50 YEARS AGO WHEN MANUFACTURING STILL prospered widely, more than a third of the workforce belonged to a union. Today, barely a tenth of workers in private companies are unionized. Public support for organized labor also has slipped. Outsourcing, technology and economic restructuring have contributed to this decline. How products are made nowadays also bears some weight. Still, worker solidarity has been known to shake establishments now and again, nudging leaders to the table ...

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