This morning on npr
the always insipid Diane Rehm ran this pre-recorded Labor Day segment.
As is her standard practice she invited an extreme right wing ideologue to the table along with a reporter. Today the mouthpiece was Kim Strassel from The Wall Street Journal
editorial board. It truly is touching when right-wingers express their abiding concern for the rights and dignity and well-being of workers and the poor. It also is blatantly hypocritical. Strassel was wringing her hands over how union organizers might intimidate and coerce workers during organizing campaigns. Maybe. It seems considerably more likely to me that in such circumstances the real threat to workers and their rights and well-being come from elsewhere. That is just a guess though. In case you think my use of this episode is overly dramatic, try this more recent one
too. I think it is fair to say that virtually any public union activity in the U.S. can be a target for violent reaction from employers and the police.