BigDTBone wrote:Irontruth wrote:No, This. This was a federal government action which was seen by many labor leaders as the turning point which brought about the fall of unions. The only reason that state governments feel that they can undermine unions is because of this action. This is a top-down movement.BigDTBone wrote:Irontruth wrote:Most of the undermining of unions has been done at the state level through republican held legislatures. Yes, Obama was president, but he doesn't get to decide what laws the Michigan state legislature passes.Tell the Air Traffic Controllers that.
This one? They endorsed him in 2011 as well.
Or are you talking about the changes in hiring practices, the articles for which all read like they were written by a MRA.
I'm not sure it's the "only reason". It certainly was a turning point. Plenty of states had "right to work" laws before that, for example.
I think more than "top down", it's a Republican movement. Democrats may not have fought it as hard as we like and may even have contributed, but it's clearly been driven by Republicans and movement conservatives at least since Reagan.
The only? Maybe not. There were a number of decisive and consecutive victories against organized labor at that time. Reagan was looking to set precedence though, and what he achieved against the Air Traffic Controllers was bigger than probably he even intended.
The ATC's thought they could be the stop-gap. They thought they could score a big win. They thought they had the country by the thin hairs. Reagan bulldozed them and was able to keep air traffic functioning. He put unprecedented sanctions on the union and the employees. The union folded and NATCA was formed shortly thereafter.
It was certainly seminal and indicative to/of the kind of actions we see against labor commonly today.