Podcasts in the Classroom - Labor Strikes and the Rise of Union Memberships
This week’s PITC uses a variety of shorter, readily available podcasts to discuss how the tight job market is shifting the balance of power in workers’ favor. These recent headlines are aimed to inspire discussion.
Here are some 2-4 minute Marketplace podcasts discussing these headlines:
- 9/12 Marketplace - Possible train strike could derail supply chain even more
- 9/2 Marketplace - Musicians union challenges Spotify to raise royalties
- 8/26 Marketplace - Labor movement adds union members store by store
Here are some relevant Marketplace Minute podcasts.
- 9/15 Morning Brief - Costly rail strike averted and number working from home tripled!
- 9/12 Midday Report - Rail strike threatening and Minnesota nurses walk off the job
- 9/8 Closing Bell - IMF economists predict US unemployment will have to double to tame inflation
- 9/2 Closing Bell - Jobs report better than expected, labor force participation rises
- 8/30 Midday Report - A record 11.2 million job openings in the US were reported for July
Determine how much time you want to devote to this activity, and select podcasts to provide students with background information.
- What factors in the labor market are contributing to the rise of union memberships and labor strikes?
- Do you think workers in certain industries have more power than others due to the economic/human impact of that industry? (Compare rail workers, nurses, teachers, fast food workers, and musicians.)
- If/when the economy slows down and unemployment rises, do you think this shift of power to the workers’ benefit will change back, or just slow down?
If you use this assignment in your class, please let us know how it went!