Mike Smitka, professor of economics at Washington and Lee University and an expert on the automobile industry, discussed the rise and fall of America’s labor movement on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” on Monday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m.
Here is the audio from the program: http://www.wlu.edu/Media/news_spots/wmra_smitka_unions.mp3″
Smitka not only conducts research on the industry and writes a blog on autos and economics, but he also belonged to the United Auto Workers union when he worked at the Chrysler Corporation in the 1970s. He was joined on the program by Bob Roberts, professor of political science and public administration at James Madison University.
Together, they discussed why approval of America’s labor movement has dropped off dramatically in recent years.