Overview

Unions, collective bargaining, and other forms of advocacy have resulted in better wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers. Organized labor, however, is at a crossroads, as union membership has declined. As unions evolve to meet the needs of a globalized, 21st-century workforce, nonunion forms of worker organizing, sectoral bargaining, and worker representation on corporate boards have emerged as new forms of worker voice and representation.

Working Knowledge

Worker voice, representation, and power August 16, 2021

Improving Work for Independent Contractors through Worker Voice and Power

The challenges independent workers face have become more visible during the pandemic and has increased calls for better workplace protections and conditions.

Jacqueline Rayfield, Batia Katz, Jessica Shakesprere

Employer practices July 01, 2021

Charting a Postpandemic Path toward Good Jobs

Five key insights from Urban and WorkRise's forum on how to improve job quality so that work can once again become a pathway for economic security and mobility.

Archana Pyati

Employer practices July 01, 2021

People First, Employees Second: Workers Reflect on What Good Jobs Mean to Them

Workers share their perspectives and experiences at a joint Urban Institute and WorkRise event that explored job quality and the roles different stakeholders play in creating higher-quality jobs for all workers.

Alexandra Tammaro

Stakeholder voices March 03, 2021

Supporting a Workforce That Makes All Other Work Possible: A Q&A with Palak Shah

National Domestic Workers Alliance's social innovation director shares key insights on the domestic care workforce and the solutions we need to support them.

Elisabeth Jacobs