However, the Wisconsin policy, with its proposal to break strikes by force and the outrage it has created, remind me of the unstable situation that brought on the legitimation of unions in the early 20th century.
Congress didn't pass the National Labor Relations Act to protect workers. It did it because labor unrest and business' myopic refusal to negotiate in good faith was generating a crisis. It was an unstable time with many possibilities, based on which faction was able to hegemonize the situation and direct it to its advantage. The blossoming labor movement could have flourished, bringing about more fundamental economic changes. Instead, we got watered down collective bargaining and an election process weighted in favor of management. Interstate commerce was saved and shop floor unrest was stabilized.
I wonder if the shortsighted overreach by anti-labor ideologues can show how much we've given up or lead us to fight for alternatives that could once not even be uttered.
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