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May 21 -- Democracy and 
Unions: Do They Need Each Other?

2018 Radio News Award: WERUThe League of Women Voters-Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM. Listen on the web at WERU FM. The show can also be heard in the Portland area at 2 p.m., the first Sunday of the following month, at WMPG Community Radio, 99.9 FM, streaming at wmpg.org

In September, 2018, the Democracy Forum won top honors from the Maine Association of Broadcasting for public affairs radio.

Broadcasts are available as a podcast from WERU FM.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

May 21 -- Democracy and Unions: Do They Need Each Other?

This new episode will be pre-recorded on May 17; no listener calls will be taken. Comments and questions may be emailed to news@weru.org with Democracy Forum on the subject line.

Organizing around a common interest is a fundamental part of democracy. We should no more try to take away the right of individuals to collectively bargain than we should try to take away the right to a secret ballot." Michael Bloomberg

We’ll talk about the historical and contemporary link between labor organizing and expanding political rights like voting. Is union organizing an important, if not essential, tool in building a vibrant democracy? Has the diminution of labor unions contributed to the politics of resentment? Has it provided fertile ground for the current moment of populist anger and stridently divided politics? What led to the demise of unions over the last half century? How could they come back? 

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