Ralph Nader doesn’t like the Taft-Hartley Amendment. No, this isn’t a new fight going on in the Beltway. For more than sixty years current labor law has been settled (though one can scarcely say that for Mr. Nader). Over at Alternet he argues:
It is past time for the repeal of Taft-Hartley. That would be one important step in restoring workers right to organize into unions, achieve a living wage in the Wal-Marts, McDonald’s and other workplaces, and in revitalizing American democracy.
Nader’s main problem, of course, is that the law made it “OK to bust unions and deny workers their rights to collectively bargain.” The truth is something altogether different — as Nader’s own PIRG group knows all too well.
Like other “well-meaning” and labor-friendly groups from the Left (ACORN, we’re looking at you), a fund associated with Nader’s PIRG group has been attacked for having “legally busted its Los Angeles unions.” That would suggest they were acting within current law — as do most responsible employers.
Nader can throw all the stones he wants at other people, and blame any rules for faltering union power, but he should first look at his own union-busting glass house.