May 9, 2015

WINNING THE WAR ON WAGES:

Why the 2016 GOP race may be all about taking down unions (Thomas Geoghegan May 6, 2015, Reuters)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is emerging as a strong potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination largely because he took on the public-employee unions in his state. If he wins the White House because of his union-busting chops and for pushing right-to-work laws, maybe he'll abolish the U.S. Labor Department, too. [...]

Meanwhile, the aim of many leading Republicans now seems to be to de-fund labor: to starve it of money so it is too weak to bargain in the public or private sector. Or support Democratic candidates, as unions often do. Ultimately, their goal would ensure that, except for regal chief executives, no one in this country makes too much money. It is typical that leading Republicans' answer to wage stagnation is to take an ax to labor -- or to hoot at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is now talking about wage inequality in her campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

Still, it is shocking that Michigan -- the home state of the United Auto Workers, the union that established the high wages that lifted the boats of everyone in America -- is now a right-to-work state like Mississippi. 

Posted by at May 9, 2015 8:00 PM
  

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