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The Fall of the House of Labor

aschaper Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 7:19 PM
Pat is wrong about depressed wages with "right to work." Aviation Safeguards Association received higher wages when they left SEIU. William Hutt has documented that union power hurts commerce and free trade, puts people out of work. Pat is right about "Big Labor is Dead" -- he is wrong about "Free Trade is Bad."
Shlomo O'Kelly Wrote: Dec 16, 2012 4:34 PM
It may be, and justifiably so, that union labor is dead. There are a number of reasons we should say "Good riddance". For one thing, maybe now they'll be forced give up their completely archaic model of every 3 to 5 years or so, they must have a new contract with ever higher costs to management plus ridiculous work rules. Not to mention the "management is the enemy' bilge they've used for years. Then there's the legalized extortion used to extract dues money from those who find the union's choice of politicians unpalatable. But to paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors of the demise of non union labor have been greatly exaggerrated.

In 1958, Senate Minority Leader William Knowland, his eye on the 1960 GOP nomination coveted by fellow Californian Richard Nixon, went home and declared for governor.

Knowland's plan: Ride to victory on the back of Proposition 18, the initiative to make right-to-work the law in the Golden Land. Prop. 18 was rejected 2 to 1. Knowland's career was over, and the Republicans were decimated nationally for backing right-to-work.

Badly burned, the party for years ran away from the issue.

This history makes what happened in Michigan, cradle of the United Auto Workers, astonishing. A GOP legislature passed and Gov....