By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog
The Star-Ledger’s Labor Day editorial page was an expected one-sided carrying of big labor’s water. Your pro-union fairy stories should have begun with “once upon a time” since they bore no resemblance to reality or reason.
The lead editorial fawns over President Obama without mentioning the damage he’s done to private-sector job creation. If you want to complain about outsourcing and wage stagnation, as your editorial cartoon does, then blame government tax and regulatory policies that drive companies offshore.
Then there’s Charles Wowkanech’s self-serving ode to sainted unions, which don’t create jobs, and slap at the Koch brothers, who do employ tens of thousands at family-wage levels. Who does more for workers – unions that exploit them or companies that employ them?
Unmentioned is today’s abysmal state of unions. Private-sector union membership continues to decline – now at 6.6 percent, the lowest in 80 years. Workers increasingly reject a stale message and mandatory dues that fund union political activism with which they disagree. No wonder 25 American states are right-to-work.
Then there’s the pending Supreme Court case out of California where a teacher sued to end compulsory public-sector union membership because it violated her First Amendment speech and free-association rights. Given recent court rulings, by next Labor Day expect every public-sector jurisdiction in America, New Jersey included, to be right-to-work.
If The Star-Ledger is going to uncritically carry water for union bosses, must it be in such a leaky bucket?