For Today

What Unions No Longer Do

"You cannot understand what's been happening in terms of inequality in this country without accounting for the dramatic decline of organized labor," said Jake Rosenfeld recently on MSNBC's The Cycle.

This is the thesis of the new book, What Unions No Longer Do, by Rosenfeld, a UW associate professor of sociology. When unions were strong in America, he argues, they reduced inequality across the board—unions worked for their members to have better wages, and employers of non-union workers kept wages high to keep their employees from unionizing. Unions reduced political and racial inequality and helped workers to reach the middle class, and without them Americans are struggling.

Jake Rosenfeld: What Unions No Longer Do, Thu, March 6 (rescheduled from February), 7pm, University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, free.

For Friday

Car Sharing Forum

We've talked a lot about ridesharing on the blog lately, but another green transportation option that hasn't gotten as much attention is car sharing.

The sharing of actual cars (as opposed to just rides) reduces the number of cars in Seattle and makes living carless (or car-lite) in the city easy. Zipcar and car2go are the ones we've all seen, but there are also options for car-owning individuals to rent out their personal vehicles, whether for a ride downtown or a weekend trip. 

Transportation Choices Coalition's forum on car sharing will cover Seattle's car-sharing options and how they meet different drivers' needs, as well as the future of car sharing and its potential role in a greener, less congested city. 

March Friday Forum: Sharing is Caring, Fri, March 7, noon–1pm, 401 Fifth Ave Room 121, free.

For Saturday

Campaign Training for Women

From our Advance Notice files: Based on a recent cover of TIME magazine and the debate over whether it is sexist or not, women in politics have a lot to battle when running for office.

The National Women's Political Caucus of Washington wants to help interested candidates learn how to run a winning campaign: develop a message, raise money, target voters, and much more. There's still time to register.

NWPC-WA Campaign Training for Women, Sat, March 8, 8am–5pm, Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S, $40–$65.

Thru Sunday

Waterfront Week

The Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting a waterfront week in early March. Check out the latest waterfront designs; explore an exhibit of architecture, art, and design from across the world; or just bring the kids for a family day at Hillclimb Plaza.

Review the full list of events and start planning how to get the most of Seattle's waterfront.

Plus, you could also ask about the tunnel.

Waterfront Week, Wed–Sun, March 5–9, multiple locations, free.

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