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The Fall of the House of Labor

Corbett_ Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 3:00 PM
Ousider -- I work for a company with a union, though I am not a member. The union protects the worthless slackers and the incompetents. Those who actually get out there and hustle don't need or want a union. Employers have too much invested in their employees to arbitrarily fire the productive ones. Having the union "protect" the worthless just hurts everyone.

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....