None of the workers cleaning up the Gulf Coast are even under a union contract, and despite the SEIU’s enormous growth under Andy Stern’s leadership, current president Mary Kay Henry says that the union is still fighting for paid sick days. After the labor movement poured millions into a battle they ultimately lost in Arkansas trying to remove Blanche Lincoln—one of the senators who helped kill the Employee Free Choice Act—is labor’s long-term alliance with the Democratic party in trouble?

The Nation‘s Max Fraser and Michael Whitney of Firedoglake join Laura Flanders to deconstruct these present and potential future dilemmas of the labor movement.