I agree with a lot of what is said in this article. It is obvious unions do not have the clout they once had and that is exactly why YRC and ABF workers got a lousy contract last time around and I don't think we have seen the end of that! Unions need to reestablish their power they once had.
The Bernie Sanders campaign has injected socialism into the mainstream discourse for the first time in decades. Young Sanderistas have rallied behind social-democratic demands that fly in the face of forty years of neoliberal policy, and polls show that millennials are surprisingly receptive to socialist ideas.

The positive response to Sandersís avowed democratic socialism ó and to his call for a political revolution ó opens the door for a discussion all but absent from todayís labor movement: the importance of socialist ideas to a successful trade union movement.

For most of the labor movementís history, a broad socialist-minded wing fused its vision of society with a practical program for laborís future. Whether it was the industrial unionism of the early 1900s, the CIO unions of the 1930s, or the rank-and-file anti-concession movement of the 1970s and 1980s, laborís left offered an alternative to union decline and stagnation.