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Hans Moleman says EFCA’s “not good for unions”

Ok, ok, I know, I was excited too when I saw that Hans Moleman came out against the deceptively-named Employee Free Choice Act, but “Hans” is not really Hans, he is really a longtime union organizer from the National Education Association. Here is what Mr. “Moleman” has to say on today’s National Review Online:

The underlying problem is that unions have shrunk almost to the point of no return in the private sector. Union leaders admit that they pursue EFCA because they cannot organize under the present regime of effective employer campaigns and interminable legal delays. It is an act of desperation.

There is another path labor could take. It could ask itself why so many workers find unions so unattractive, and it could make changes to become more attractive. But they are unwilling to face the central fact of their difficulties: workers have come to see unions as political organizations for which Democratic Party victory is more important than workplace gains.

In the 1930’s when the AFL proved unable to organize industrial workers, far-sighted union leaders built a new type of union for the purpose: the CIO. We could use some similarly far-sighted leaders today. EFCA will just delay the day.

Labor’s best hope is that it be denied the kind of protection it seeks. The law should be changed to make elections fairer, not to eliminate them.

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