Just in time for Labor Day, Gallup has released a new poll that found a slight majority of Americans say they disapprove of labor unions and believe unions hurt the economy. This is the first time in 70 years that a majority disapproved of unions.
It's no mystery why, says Ed Morrissey:
(R)adical positions on environmentalism, health care, energy, and other issues that sometimes run counter to the economic benefit of their own members — but provide a carbon copy of the hard Left of the Democratic Party...
Unions have shown up as enforcers for ObamaCare in town-hall forums, causing disruptions and creating violence... Pushing to end the secret ballot in workplace organizing elections makes them look even more thuggish and radical, as well as greedy and grasping.
Gallup also found that Americans' negative views of unions involve their impact on non-union workers.
More than 6 in 10 Americans, up from about half in 2006, say unions mostly hurt non-union workers.
The public opinion shift has not deterred the party in power from servicing its contributors. As I've reported, a provision tucked into the health care bill approved by the House gives $10 billion to the United Auto Workers' retiree health insurance program. Every taxpayer will be asked to pay to maintain the UAW's coverage, which is better than what the average American worker receives.
Next comes “card check," maybe minus an end to the secret ballot, but still including that nasty mandatory arbitration clause, which is just as powerful and destructive.
Happy Labor Day.