Advertisement Home//Radio//On PointUnions in a Struggling Economy24:50DownloadXCopy the code below to embed the WBUR audio player on your site<iframe width="100%" height="124" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://player.wbur.org/onpoint/2002/08/28/unions-in-a-struggling-economy"></iframe>Copy embed codePlayAugust 28, 2002TwitterfacebookEmailThis article is more than 20 years old.The economy is in the doldrums, and labor unions and their members are feeling the pinch. Major unions across the nation are threatening to strike; machinists at United Airlines, longshoremen on the West Coast, hotel and restaurant workers in Chicago. Any of these strikes could have a significant impact on the economy, but unionized workers feel they have little choice. This hour, unions and a sputtering economy. What's the role of organized labor in America today?Guests:Harley Shaiken - Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and expert on labor, trade, and the global economyRichard Trumka - Secretary-Treasurer for the AFL-CIOThis program aired on August 28, 2002.