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The Right-to-Work Offensive

The Right-to-Work Offensive The AssA ul T from The righT By Peter r achleff The RighT -To- Wo Rk o ffensive Tracking the Spread of the Anti-Union Virus The Republican victories in the 2010 midterm elections led to a new round of challenges to the long-beleaguered U.S. labor movement. Not only did Republicans gain a substantial majority of House seats and reduce the Democrats’ majority in the Senate to a bare handful—they also took control of twenty-five state legislatures (the Democrats dominate sixteen, and another nine legislatures are split) and twenty-nine governors’ chairs. economic power, from the workplace to the These victories set the stage for a new rounb d argaining table, and a similar decline in of Republican-led attacks on trade unionism, political influence, even among labor’s former with Democratic compliance more often the “allies” in the Democratic Party. case than not. Some observers have warned Like sharks smelling blood in the that they could “drive a stake into the heart of water, Republicans seem incited by labor’s what is left of organized lab B oru.”t they diminished influenceH. owever, their have also generated new activism from with- seemingly decentralized, state-by-state in the ranks of the labor movement—an attacks are anything http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

The Right-to-Work Offensive

New Labor Forum , Volume 21 (1): 8 – Feb 1, 2012

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SAGE
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© 2012 Joseph S. Murphy Institute, CUNY
ISSN
1095-7960
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1557-2978
DOI
10.4179/NLF.211.0000005
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The AssA ul T from The righT By Peter r achleff The RighT -To- Wo Rk o ffensive Tracking the Spread of the Anti-Union Virus The Republican victories in the 2010 midterm elections led to a new round of challenges to the long-beleaguered U.S. labor movement. Not only did Republicans gain a substantial majority of House seats and reduce the Democrats’ majority in the Senate to a bare handful—they also took control of twenty-five state legislatures (the Democrats dominate sixteen, and another nine legislatures are split) and twenty-nine governors’ chairs. economic power, from the workplace to the These victories set the stage for a new rounb d argaining table, and a similar decline in of Republican-led attacks on trade unionism, political influence, even among labor’s former with Democratic compliance more often the “allies” in the Democratic Party. case than not. Some observers have warned Like sharks smelling blood in the that they could “drive a stake into the heart of water, Republicans seem incited by labor’s what is left of organized lab B oru.”t they diminished influenceH. owever, their have also generated new activism from with- seemingly decentralized, state-by-state in the ranks of the labor movement—an attacks are anything

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Published: Feb 1, 2012

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