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The Challenge of Building a High-road Electric Vehicle Industry with Anti-union Employers

By Gordon Lafer, Derrick Figures, Cindy Estrada, Kyle Moore, and Jennifer Sherer - Economic Policy Institute, November 9, 2021

Electric vehicles are coming, and the reinvention of the U.S. auto industry holds great potential for the economy and the climate. But realizing this potential will require proactive, pro-worker policies at federal, state, and local levels. Will we ensure that massive expansion of electric vehicle manufacturing results in family-supporting jobs that revitalize regional economies, reverse economic inequality, and close racial and gender wage gaps? Or will we allow highly profitable, anti-union employers to use public investments to deny workers’ rights and continue eroding job standards?

A new report from EPI Research Associate Gordon Lafer documents the legal and illegal tactics automakers routinely use to block workers from forming unions, and what’s urgently needed at this moment to curb these anti-democratic, anti-worker trends across the industry. Join us for a launch event featuring report highlights and discussion of implications for labor, racial, and climate justice.


  • Opening remarks from the author of the report, Gordon Lafer, Professor at the Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon, and EPI Research Associate.
  • Derrick Figures, Economic Justice Director, Sierra Club
  • Cindy Estrada, Vice President, UAW
  • Kyle Moore, Economist, Project on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE), Economic Policy Institute
  • Moderator: Jennifer Sherer, Senior State Policy Coordinator, EARN Worker Power Project, Economic Policy Institute

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