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Private Sector Unions Gain on Public Sector Unions
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  • TommyTwo

    Aha! The penny has dropped! No wonder you are so desperately pushing telework. You are merely the stalking-horse lackey of American plutocracy. Telework serves to atomize the proletariat, and by preventing it from attaining the critical mass necessary to form collectives, your capitalist masters hope to prevent the formation of unions and thus perpetuate their evil system. Well the jig is up, Mead! I’m on to you and your nefarious scheme.

    [Yes, I do indeed find myself ineffably amusing.]

    • Andrew Allison

      Me too!

      • TommyTwo

        You too are a running dog of the Corporate Exploiters? I am in a veritable den of iniquity (or rather inequity)!


  • Andrew Allison

    With the very greatest of respect to WRM, public pronouncements of professors should be taken with several grains of salt. I look forward to correction if I am mistaken, but it’s my impression that public sector union membership is optional in relatively few states. Isn’t the real news that, despite the paucity of “Right to Work”, only 14% of the two million private sector jobs created resulted in union membership? As WI has demonstrated, given the choice a lot of workers would prefer not to keep union leaders and those elected officials to whom they redirect members’ dues in the manner to which they have become accustomed.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    With the low energy costs in the US likely to continue, manufacturing is going to grow and some increases in labor gang membership will occur. The majority of these new jobs are going to be in “Right to Work” states as companies will expand where costs are lowest. They will only expand their labor gang work force where the capital has already been spent using pre-existing factories with excess capacity which can quickly and cheaply be expanded.

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