Answer those two questions after reading the two chapters uploaded
A question about the reading…Chapter 4 is titled “Erosion of the Union Idea” and details the erosion of a collective view of labor in favor of one that is more individualistic. Despite the fact that – both legally and in popular opinion – there seems to be an agreement on the fact that workers have a certain set of rights, those rights tend to be adjudicated individually rather than collectively. Lichtenstein closes the chapter by saying that “[i]ndividualistic, rights-based assumptions…replaced group pluralist ones and devalued the very idea of union solidarity.” What caused this shift in perspective? Are we currently seeing a swing back in the other direction? Should there be one?
A question about the election…Over the past several years different states have – or attempted to – enact legislation on voter access. Some states have gone in the direction of increasing the amount of effort required to cast a ballot (think voter ID laws) while others have attempted to make things more accessible. This year, with Covid, mail-in voting became a prominent issue with many states making it much easier to cast a ballot without physically going to a polling location. How do you think increased ease of voting impacted turnout among working class voters? Do you think this is a trend that will (or should) continue in a post-Covid world?