Why Unions Must Recommit to Expanding Their Base
Demobilizing our base is never a good idea, especially when the right wing and the Trump forces continue to mobilize

Arizona teachers march in Phoenix

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Unions need to expand their base if Democrats are to stand any real chance in the future; simultaneously, they need to provide deep political education.

Joe Biden’s platform for the economy, part of his Build Back Better plan, would substantially advance the quality of life among the multiracial working class—but the prospect of getting any of those proposals through the Senate, no matter the outcome in Georgia’s runoff elections, isn’t realistic. To win much of the platform Biden ran on will require bolder leadership than he or the generation of neoliberal Democrats in his cohort have exercised in decades.

This means making moves that give a structural advantage to progressive forces.

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