Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Would-be Senator Stuart Smalley Supports Ending Workers’ Rights

I think I’m allowed to say it: I don’t like Al Franken. My main problem with him is that, despite his long career in comedy endeavors such as SNL, Franken himself is not very funny. His most famous character is a creepy middle-aged guy who lives alone, wears dirty-old-men sweaters, and pumps himself up in the mirror with the mantra, “You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like you.” This is definitely a guy I want to listen to on policy issues!

All of this is by way of saying a local steelworkers union has endorsed Franken’s Senate bid largely on his support for the hilariously misnamed “Employee Free Choice Act.” The bill would effectively end secret ballot elections for employees deciding whether to join a union — instead allowing union organizers to harass and mislead people at their jobs and homes. Perhaps Mr. Franken can start rehearsing the line to working Americans: “You’re not good enough, you’re not smart enough, and doggone it, I don’t like you enough to let you vote in your own union.”

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