December 15, 2005
Re "Labor's movement," Opinion, Dec. 11 The authors overlooked the role of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act in the demise of unions, which, among other things, allowed the president to intervene in labor disputes deemed a threat to national security. President Bush invoked the act three years ago in the Pacific Maritime Assn.'s lockout of the West Coast longshoremen. It gave management a near-insurmountable edge during organizing campaigns, and it encouraged states to enact their own legislation banning the "union shop."
August 18, 2003
Thank you for David Macaray's Aug. 13 commentary, "Let Unions Operate in a 'Free Market.' " Anyone with eyes to see and a mind to understand has seen the organized labor movement deteriorate within the last 30 years. Complex, top-heavy legislation has created a climate where, on a case-by-case basis, management -- galvanized by the notion that the American worker is too unsophisticated to decode its strategy -- is permitted to connect the dots to compromise contract agreements while union officials look the other way. Each case has weakened organized labor until unions have been reduced to pathetic, toothless "dinosaurs."
January 9, 1990 |
The campaign recently started by a major union against Bank of America just might serve as an intriguing example of how billions of dollars in workers' pension funds can be used as an alternative to strikes in many instances.
October 8, 2002 |
President Bush set the stage Monday to force the rapid reopening of West Coast ports after federally mediated contract talks between shipping lines and locked-out dockworkers broke off. The president created a three-member board of inquiry that will report to him today on whether there are grounds to seek a court order to reopen the ports under the rarely used Taft-Hartley Act.
June 28, 1985 |
In a sharp setback for organized labor, a closely divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that unions may not take disciplinary action against members for resigning and returning to work during a strike. The court, in a 5-4 decision, upheld a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that prevented a union in the Midwest from imposing fines on members who had defected during a strike in 1977.
December 13, 2012 |
The enactment of a so-called right-to-work law by the state of Michigan this week is indeed, as the media have described it, a blow against the union movement. Michigan, of all places. But it is also a blow against fairness and common sense. "Right to work" sounds like a law guaranteeing you a job, or at least protecting your job once you've got it. A lot of the propaganda by the Chamber of Commerce and similar business groups is about so-called forced unionism. In fact, the main effect of a right-to-work law is nearly the opposite.