Wednesday, March 02, 2005
The current issue of Business Week has an article on the challenges facing the AFL-CIO. It reports that in recent months many of the AFL-CIO's member unions "have held formal reviews of labor's problems and submitted some surprisingly creative ideas for solving them". Among those suggestions was one from the American Federation of Teachers that labor form startup unions that would have few assets to their name. The reasoning: "with little to lose, they would be bolder about using such illegal recruitment tactics as secondary boycotts or sit-down strikes".
I had to read that section twice. Teachers talking about breaking the law? I could see, maybe even expect, that coming from the Teamsters, but the Teachers? Just amazing.