“Unions used to be relevant, but now they’re obsolete.” “Unions make sense in other industries, but not mine.” “Unions are a third party, an outside force.” These tropes are pervasive in our media, communities, and workplaces, and they are commonly used to erode support for organized labor. However, they are easily debunked, and the process of critically deconstructing them can shed light onto why unions are so important. In this class, we will examine these anti-union talking points, look at how they play out in public discourse, and break down why they’re misguided.


Facilitators: Sarah Lazare, editor of Workday Magazine and labor educator with the Labor Education Service. And Adam Johnson, media critic and co-host of the Citations Needed podcast.


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Course tuition is nonrefundable unless the LES office cancels a course. In the case of LES course cancellation, 100% of tuition will be refunded.

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