January 25, 2005

THANKS, GIPPER:

The Fight for Our Future (Christopher Hayes, January 25, 2005, In These Times)

Here's something to consider: It's a concrete possibility we will wake up one morning and there won't be a single American labor union left. For 30 straight years, American organized labor has been hemorrhaging members, power and influence.

It's no coincidence that the deflationary epoch dates not just to Paul Volcker's rate hikes but to the firing of the PATCO workers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2005 5:32 PM
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It's a concrete possibility we will wake up one morning and there won't be a single American labor union left.

In the private sector, perhaps--but I fear the public sector unions aren't going anywhere. Government revenues are largely independent of customer satisfaction, and there are no competitors.

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 25, 2005 5:40 PM

No, but when the "public" realizes how bad things are, there will be changes (see CA for the trend).

It will be quite a fight.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 25, 2005 5:49 PM

Not as long as our president continues subsidizing the teachers unions.

Posted by: Palmcroft at January 25, 2005 6:00 PM

Mike:

To the contrary, one of the great successes of the President, noticed only by the far Left, has been the attack on the civil service:

http://www.workersparty.org/bush-privatize_12-2-02.html

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FXS/is_9_82/ai_107835625

http://www.laweekly.com/ink/03/01/news-ireland.php

Posted by: oj at January 25, 2005 6:10 PM

The unions have failed to deal with the new economy, choosing instead to preserve an older economy that is dying on the vine. They are making themselves irrelevant.

Posted by: Bart at January 25, 2005 10:23 PM

The Teamsters will disappear over Jimmy Hoffa's dead body (if they can find it.).

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 25, 2005 10:47 PM

OJ as much as you want to credit RR. I think the coroner is going to rule it a suicide. Basically, the unions have not benn able to resist killing off any industry that they have had a grip on. Steel and Airlines are recent examples.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 26, 2005 2:24 AM

The unions are not responsible for killing industries, the CEO's are.You can count the more times unions have agreed to pay cuts to save their companies than when intransigence killed them. The fact is most CEO's are talentless fools who ride strong economies well, but don't know how to deal with new competitors (whether foreign or domestic) or economic downturns.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at January 26, 2005 10:54 AM

The steelworkers are still sitting around wondering what happend to their pensions. Next GM and Ford.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 26, 2005 11:15 AM

What deflationary era is that?

Posted by: Harry Eagar at January 27, 2005 3:56 PM

Robert:

Why do they still reign in Europe but not where the Gipper and Maggie faced them down?

Posted by: oj at January 27, 2005 6:18 PM
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