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

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

Stakeholder voices January 19, 2021

A Call for Innovation in the Labor Movement: A Q&A with David Rolf

The founder and president emeritus of SEIU 775 and author of The Fight for Fifteen shares why worker power is essential to building an equitable labor market where economic mobility is possible. 

Elisabeth Jacobs

Economic context December 14, 2020

Meet WorkRise's Inaugural Slate of Grantees

These nine projects will build new knowledge on accelerating economic mobility and advancing equity for workers in the U.S. labor market. 

Archana Pyati

Research

Worker voice, representation, and power July 28, 2022

Worker Power and Economic Mobility: A Landscape Report

This landscape report summarizes empirical evidence on two main pathways for workers to exercise their power in the labor market: the ability to exit their current job for  better outside options and organizations and institutions that build worker voice within firms.  

Ioana Marinescu, Jake Rosenfeld

Worker voice, representation, and power July 11, 2022

U.S. Workers’ Organizing Efforts and Collective Actions: A Review of the Current Landscape

The report summarizes research evidence on the size of the voice and representation gaps workers are attempting to fill, and provides examples of different strategies workers are using to address the gap.