Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Unions Are No Fun

As we approach Labor Day, I have been reflecting on the history of labor movements in the States. It's not a subject I'm going to take on this morning, but leave it at this for now: Labor Day seems like a day to put alongside Veterans Day as an opportunity to honor sacrifice. People without military training or backup, facing their own employers at home, died to establish things that were later taken for granted, like the eight-hour working day.

Not all unions are perfect or even wonderful. Yet they stand for something important, something much more than simply bargaining on behalf of employees.

The owner of a dairy farm in Washington has been blocking his employees from organizing. The rationale he gave to the press was amusing: it just takes all the fun out of working for me.

Whose fun?

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