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The Main Street Moment: Fighting Back to Save the American Dream by Lee Saunders, Gerald McEntee

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CHAPTER SIX

The Last Line of Defense

IF WE GRANT that there is class warfare, or at least that businesses often prefer not to have unions, that still doesn’t explain the decline of union membership.

Nor why John Kasich is going after BJ Simmons-Talley and blaming her for all of Ohio’s woes.

The media myth of the decline of unions makes it sound as if it’s the result of natural forces. An inevitable form of evolution like the disappearance of the dodo. As third-world countries became emerging nations, they learned modern technologies. With low wages, few safety and health rules, and little in the way of environmental regulations, they can produce manufactured goods at a far lower cost than we can.

That made our industrial wage rates uncompetitive. ...

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