Once upon a time, miners and other industrial workers died by the thousands every year — 23,000 in 1913 alone.
While progress also came through union contracts, most American workers never have been unionized, so public policy is the key vehicle for labor protections.
Unions are still workingDespite such tremendous gains, many American workers are overworked and arguably underpaid.
Compared to workers in other industrialized countries, American workers toil far more hours and receive far fewer days off.
Not coincidentally, the reversal of American workers’ gains has happened alongside an enormous decline in unions.