If I am to share my concerns about the future of unions in New York city, I’d be asking:
- is policy, ideas and legislation enough to help unions weather the storm of changes being brewed up by advancing technology?
- will sit-in through events, actions or opportunities as we evolve with technology be the best course of action?
- would we rather keep on working on updates on labor laws, negotiations and disputes?
- or review labor education and apprentice program to match the new and prepare for the unknown?
Service economy, labor and the technical expertise that comes with it is what made our city what it is today. New York city prides itself on having more than the national average of union workers. Like we did to con con and rent laws review, time is now to plan ahead and review our collective bargaining rights in view of challenges posed by technology.