December, 2013

“State of the Unions” Links the Labor Movement to the Future of the Middle Class

Philip Dine’s newly updated book, “State of the Unions: How Labor Can Strengthen the Middle Class, Improve Our Economy, and Regain Political Influence,” illustrates the critical role labor unions play in building a strong middle class.  By advocating for workers’ rights in the workplace and political arena and fighting for decent wages and benefits, labor unions have provided workers with a pathway to the middle class.

Dine, a U.S. labor expert and journalist, has updated “State of the Unions” to include the rise in union activism and the current union battles around the country. The new edition also examines what the war on labor is really about—including right-to-work laws and the effort to weaken public sector unions—and explores what’s at stake for American workers and our country as labor unions fight back against the assault on workers’ rights.  For more information, visit,

UFCW Local 1546 represents workers in Illinois and Indiana in a diverse range of industries including grocery and drug retailers; meat cutting, processing, and packing; chemical works; nursing home and healthcare facilities, and many others.