Contract Talks by Teamsters and the UAW Have the Potential to Change Our Politics
Upcoming union negotiations can swing the 2024 election—and help rebuild democracy.

Sean O’Brien, general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, speaks during a rally with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in Cambridge, Mass., on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022. (Photo by M. Scott Brauer / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Unions once played a central role in the political education of the working class. The Teamsters, who announced a 97 percent yes-to-strike vote by members on June 16, and the UAW have a chance to build on the brilliance of the teachers’ unions in Chicago and Los Angeles and educate everyday Americans on how to fight back and win what we need at work—and in our democracy.

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