Friday, February 15, 2013

Bloomington Pantagraph, February 2, 2013, Saturday

Bloomington Pantagraph

February 2, 2013, Saturday

Bloomington Pantagraph (full article)

If not unions, then what?

However, too few of us were ever able to grab onto this economic life boat. It turns out that it is difficult to form a union, and employers have shrewdly upped their resistance over the decades. Employers routinely fire, harass and threaten workers who want to form unions, and U.S. labor law is too weak to stop them, according to Kate Bronfenbrenner at Cornell University. In fact, in 2000 Human Rights Watch declared that U.S. workers have effectively lost the freedom to form a union. However, labor law reform does not seem to be in the Obama administration forecast for the second term.