Anti-Union Movement Is Bad News for America
Harold Meyerson: This is politics, not economics
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2012 12:24 PM CST
Protesters hold a silent protest in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday over the state's new right-to-work law.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(Newser) – Michigan's new anti-union law isn't about economics or creating jobs, much as its GOP supporters would like everyone to believe, writes Harold Meyerson in the Washington Post. No, this is pure politics. How else to explain that police and firefighters, whose contracts cost local governments a pretty penny, are exempt? It's because their unions generally vote Republican, which provides them with an exemption from the right-to-work movement.

"The Republicans who took control of the Michigan statehouse in 2010 understand that Democrats’ foot soldiers come disproportionately from labor," writes Meyerson. "GOP efforts to reduce labor’s clout help Republicans politically far more than they help any Michigan-based businesses or local governments." Unions still matter, he writes. If workers can't bargain collectively, the nation's gap between rich and poor is only going to grow worse. Click for Meyerson's full column.

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Dec 16, 2012 9:59 PM CST
All cops and fireman are HEROs they deserve billions and billions and the right to retire in luxury YEAH RIGHT \
Dec 13, 2012 4:33 PM CST
It has nothing to do with the GOP or DNC. Any man or women that would run into a burning building or face a hail of bullets to save my life at the very least should be exempt. They certainly don't do it for the money.
Dec 13, 2012 10:45 AM CST
There is a problem with union power, but its being addressed at the wrong level. The problem is that Federal law forces employers to negotiate with unions, giving the unions an unfair monopoly on providing employees. If this were removed, then employers and unions would be on a level playing field and unions would need to provide value to employesr to give them leverage to negotiate with employers. In such a scenario, it is unlikely that most employers would agree to give any union the exclusive power to provide employees.