From Gallup.com, “Labor Unions See Sharp Slide in U.S. Public Support“:
Princeton, NJ — Gallup finds organized labor taking a significant image hit in the past year. While 66% of Americans continue to believe unions are beneficial to their own members, a slight majority now say unions hurt the nation’s economy. More broadly, fewer than half of Americans — 48%, an all-time low — approve of labor unions, down from 59% a year ago.
We’d say most of the slide comes from labor’s relentless bullying to pass the anti-democratic Employee Free Choice Act. The public objects to anybody trying to eliminate secret ballots.
But we suspect it’s the role of organized labor in driving two major domestic automakers into bankruptcy that most caused the unions to lose popularity. The federal aid to save the companies demonstrated that the union contracts were unsustainable, self-serving and destructive to the general economy. After all, before this year how many people knew about UAW job banks that paid people for not working?
UPDATE (11:30 a.m.): In a post, “Labor Day Shock Poll!” Mickey Kaus judges the factors about the same as we do, save he adds the public teachers unions as another cause for slipping popularity. And he postulates: “Polls like this aren’t going to make it easy for the Senate to pass even a watered-down labor law “reform.” Did the UAW kill ‘card check’?”
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