The Problem of Workplace Democracy

Barry Eidlin, an assistant professor of sociology at McGill University and author of the soon to be published book, Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada, and Micah Uetricht, an associate editor at Jacobin, a contributing editor at In These Times, and the author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers against Austerity co-editor, and the forthcoming Not Dead Yet: Jacobin Magazine on Reviving the Labor Movement, discuss The Problem of Workplace Democracy. They argue that while most Americans believe that United States should be a democracy, they "live a paradox: they check their deeply held democratic rights at the door every day when they show up for work. That is because the rules and rights associated with democracy only apply to people’s relationship to their government, not their employer."