Jonathan asked me to explain what I mean by the flexible labor movement described in my last blog. For me that means using what ever organizing and bargaining model that is sustainable and leads to an increase in union density
A good example is SEIU 925 who organizes both workers and owners to work in partnership to advocate for high quality child care. SEIU's home care division has broken new ground by creating a new framework for organizing and bargaining for a large number of home care workers who work as sort of independent contractors. Many unions have been successful with regional industry bargaining where the union signs a contract with employers but don't bargain over the contract till a majority of employers sign up. This ensures that employers who are union don't have a competitive disadvantage with nonunion employers.
A bad example might might be the IAM strike last Fall. While the objections of the union to the proposed Boeing contract might be justified, the strike in the midst of a deep recession cost the company billions and may have turned Boeing against Washington state as a location for future expansion.