At a union conference I attended recently in Washington, the battle cry was this: “There is a war going on, a concerted attack on union workers, and we are losing.”
Losing what? The right to work together to try to improve working conditions, to an 8-hour workday, to be paid fairly, to have hope of a pension and a medical benefits plan. All gains workers have fought for for decades.
The anti-union forces in the US are formidable, and very well financed. It is heart-wrenching to hear how rich CEOs in the US spend millions on political campaigns, effectively buying elections and promises of business-friendly and anti-union legislation.
Although there was a lot of disappointment that Obama didn’t pass legislation to make it easier for workers to join unions this term, there is also a sense the alternative is untenable.