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Bargaining for the Common Good: The New Unionism; by Diane Ravitch and Rebecca Burns

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"Although legislatures have tried to limit collective bargaining solely to wages and benefits, the new unionism has a different vision, which they call “bargaining for the common good. “The common good” is a powerful idea, requiring  a sense of collaboration & connectedness, an understanding that we share a common destiny and that we cannot thrive unless all of us thrive.The new teacher activism takes on privatization and other means of diverting public funds away from the common good. For years, the union movement was recoiling from blow after blow as its adversaries attempted to destroy it by passing right-to-work laws in the states, attacking it in state courts with challenges to due process, and winning a Supreme Court victory (Janus) that was intended to kill the unions off. .”Rebecca Burns wrote in The Intercept about the new unionism, before the Chicago strike was settled."

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