The economic recession of the early 90s, downsizing, plant closings, NAFTA, and the move toward overseas manufacturing have left America’s once all-powerful labor unions reeling from loss of membership and, critics charge, mission. Virginia, like other right-to-work states, has long thumbed its nose at organized labor. University of Virginia labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein joins Mary Washington government professor Victor Fingerhut and George Mason University political scientist Seymor Lipset for a frank look at the role of labor unions in the global marketplace.

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