The Wall Street Journal had a must-read recap of the UAW strike and its implications for the labor movement. The Journal is not normally Big Labor’s biggest cheerleader, but did find some ways to congratulate the UAW on taking a step toward the modern era. But, pointing to SEIU president Andy Stern’s influence, the paper opines:
With Democrats now running Congress, and ahead in the Presidential polls, Mr. Stern and his union mates are closer than they’ve been in decades to seeing that agenda implemented. But they also reveal their own lack of faith in the appeal of unions when they support a ban on secret-ballot elections at work sites. And of course they still benefit — unlike anyone else in American politics — from being able to coerce the payment of dues.