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  •  The challenge (6+ / 0-)

    The business model of organized labor hasn't changed since the 1930s (and most of the changes proposed in the MSM are basically concern trolling).

    Here's the problem.  There are a number of inhibitors to union organizing, not all of which would be solved by legislation.

    1. There is a substantial portion of the population that simply opposes unions for ideologic reasons, even if it's in their best interest to do so.

    2. Employers are extremely aggressive at identifying and firing union sympathizers.  However, most organizing techniques rely on organizing in public.  Very few people are willing to get laid off, especially outside of big cities, and especially if they are blacklisted.

    3. The strategy to deal with "right to work" has been to assume that it can somehow be repealed.  That would be nice and I certainly advocate trying to get them repealed, but a good strategy won't rely on that outcome and should be designed on the assumption that you have to contend with this (and simultaneously, issue #1).

    4. Organizing is currently a binary exercise.  You either make it (after jumping through a million hoops) or, more likely, you don't.  Why not a strategy that breaks this up into easier steps?  

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