It's Not Your Grandparents' Labor Union

Mar 12, 2014

A potential bus drivers strike and a new union for home health care workers are just two of the stories that have recently raised the profile of organized labor in Vermont. But unions have significantly fewer members now than at their peak in the 1950s, and their organizing strategies have also changed.

On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll look at national trends in labor unions, and how Vermont workers fit into that picture. Our guest is Dartmouth professor Marx Dixon, who studies national union trends, and we'll hear from members of various unions that are active in Vermont.

Also in the program, the snow and cold have forestalled maple season so far this year. We talk with Matt Gordon, executive director of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association, about what that means for tapping trees and getting a good run of sap when spring finally does arrive. 

And VPR's Angela Evancie takes us to a Burlington bar where patrons race each other on stationary bikes. Yes, this really is a thing.

Broadcast live on Wed., March 12, 2014; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.