Educated workers see unions as advocates

Educated workers see unions as advocates

Future of labor might be white-collar

  • By Alana Semuels Los Angeles Times
  • Posted May 19, 2013 at 3 a.m., updated May 19, 2013 at 12:20 a.m.

The next wave of union protesters isn’t blue collar.

It’s lawyers, paralegals, secretaries, helicopter pilots, judges, insurance agents and podiatrists.

These white-collar workers are not exactly the picture of the labor movement, but they are becoming a more essential part of it as they turn to unions for help in a tough economy as bosses try to squeeze out more profits.

“Employers have been downsizing, asking employees to take on larger roles, making them work more hours,” said Nicole Korkolis, spokeswoman for the Office and Professional Employees International Union. “People are feeling like they need an advocate.” Continue reading “Educated workers see unions as advocates”

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