Monday, June 15, 2015
Americans under 30 support unions almost two-to-one
Pew poll reports 55% of Americans under 30 years of age approve of labor unions -- only 29% disapprove. Among Republicans under 35, approval edges out disapproval 45% to 44%. The propaganda hasn't worked – the culture is ours.
All that remains is to graft onto existing labor organizing laws those itty-bitty structures they are plainly short of: call them dentures. Imposing compelling economic pressure to obstruct employees from exercising a legally spelled out process for organizing collective bargaining units is every bit as free market warping as anything the Rockefellers or the Carnegies carried off -- while atrophying the political sinews of the majority of Americans to boot.
Making union busting a felony at state level (job loss not core offense -- free market warping core offense) opens the door for federal RICO prosecution. 33 states have their own RICO statutes. All other forms of free market arm twisting are heavily sanctioned by law.
“But when Pew sliced and diced its responses (which Gallup did not), it found that young Americans were unions’ most fervent supporters. While 46 percent of its respondents in each of its three older age groups (30 to 49, 50 to 64, and 65-plus) viewed unions in a favorable light, fully 55 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 held a favorable view of unions, while just 29 percent held unfavorable ones. Pew even found that a slim plurality of Republicans under 35 thought well of unions: 45 percent held positive views, 44 percent negative. For that matter, 65 percent of Democrats (of all ages) thought favorably of unions, and given the towering share of Democrats (or left-of-Democrats) working in the media, new or old, the Gawker vote should have surprised no one.”