Robert Reich, is an American professor, author, lawyer, and political commentator, who worked in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, and served as Secretary of Labor in the cabinet of President Bill Clinton.
The Amazon Labor Union victory was especially unusual because it’s a small, independent union, far different from the large, powerful unions that have historically succeeded at big companies, and collected dues from hundreds of thousands of workers. If it's been done before, it can be done again.
MOST GEICO EMPLOYEES ARE UNHAPPY. THE QUESTION IS, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE BEFORE WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?
Since GEICO is an at-will employer, it frequently takes away benefits, breaks promises and changes important aspects of our employment with little regard for how it impacts or disrupts our lives. Individually, we employees do not have the power to stand up for ourselves, but collectively we can bargain for a better workplace.
"We rarely hear, it has been said, of the combination of masters, though frequently of those of workmen. But whoever imagines, upon this account, that masters rarely combine, is as ignorant of the world as of the subject. Masters are always and everywhere in a sort of tacit, but constant and uniform combination, not to raise the wages of labor above their actual rate."
The Wealth of Nations, Book 1, Chapter 8