As the gap between worker pay and corporate greed and profits grow, a new modern-day breed of labor leaders has arisen to fight for their members’ rightful share. Shawn Fain, president of the UAW, is seeking a 40% wage increase for his workers, while showing his contempt for corporate leaders in such ways as declining a symbolic handshake with CEO’s of the major Detroit automakers, and throwing proposals from one, Stallanis, into the trash. Sean O’Brien, Teamsters Int’l President, referred to corporate leaders as a “white-collar crime syndicate.” And Fran Drescher, SAG-AFTRA president, voiced her outrage by calling the union’s business partners “disgusting,” while adding, “Shame on them!”

Read the full story by Noam Scheiber for the New York Times, published August 18, 2023, here:


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