2/16/11

Union Thugs Focus on Politics

Operatives live high on the hog but dues-paying workers doomed to joblessness
Ten or 20 years ago, many conservative lawmakers would have - right or wrong - railed against unionized labor as the reason job creation was stagnant in Ohio. Today, the focus is on organized labor paid with the public's dollar, with nary a word about the increasingly less-relevant private-sector unions.

In the past 25 years, public-union employment grew nominally in Ohio, but no state can claim larger losses in private-sector union membership, according to data from unionstats.com, an academic website that aggregates the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Not even labor-ravaged poster-child Michigan can claim more than the 367,000 names that disappeared off private union rolls in Ohio in the past 25 years.

As a federation, the AFL-CIO is not involved in organizing, but in championing union activities in the political sphere, Burga said. This is where union power still lies, Lichtenstein said.

He sees a strong possibility that right-to-work laws will spread from traditionally non-union regions of the country to the Midwest, starting with Indiana and with Ohio likely to follow. Right-to-work laws allow workers to individually choose whether to join a union at an organized business.
(from marionstar.com)

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