Caveat: This is my first diary, so be patient with me.
I would like to begin an honest dialogue with interested persons in the progressive community about the state of unions in America, and to a lesser degree, in the world economy. By way of background, I have been involved in the labor movement for over a decade. I have been a rank and file union member, a union officer, and a staff member at a large union. I have seen the best of what unions can offer, and on rare occasions, the worst. I believe that a reinvigorated, improved labor movement could be one of the most powerful forces for the progressive changes this country and the rest of the world so badly need. I hope that a fair number of people on this site believe this as well, and would like to have some discussions with interested persons on why this goal should be pursued, what the barriers are (both inside the labor movement and outside of the labor movement), and what some possible solutions are.