In the early 20th century, there was a pandemic that spread throughout the United States and had devastating effects on labor unions. That pandemic was called the “Great Depression.”
To be fair, it wasn’t just one great depression that led to widespread unemployment, bank failures, homelessness and hunger. There were many factors that created this terrible economic downturn which led to so many unfortunate consequences for society at large. However, even in the midst of such a disastrous time period, there were some positives that came out of it all — particularly when it comes to labor unions.
The COVID pandemic also left its mark on unions and their membership numbers significantly dropped as result. Read the full article on how COVID affected labor unions on our sister site, the Village Voice, here.