Monday, March 16, 2009

Menage a trois

What's interesting about the battle over the Employee Free Choice Act is how it's become a three-sided battle.
Those on the pro-side sees the act providing help for employees seeking representation for better wages and work environments. Opponents see the employees and employers together, trying to fend off the union bosses (usually represented like the guys in the movie Goodfellas).
The real question is why unions think the EFCA is needed - because union membership is dropping. In the lingo of the schoolyard, their club isn't popular anymore. And they are blaming another club, the cool kids who have the money. Instead of trying to make their club more popular, they want to make people join up.
So we shouldn't look at the union leaders as mafia types. Instead they are the nerds, wishing they could be cool.

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