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Big Labor's losses

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Sunday, March 2, 2014, 8:43 p.m.
 

The failed union vote at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant isn't Big Labor's only big embarrassment. Consider also the Republican win for mayor in, of all union strongholds, San Diego.

Republican Kevin Faulconer “knocked the stuffing out of” union-backed Democrat David Alvarez, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. And just within the last year, labor's favored candidate in the Los Angeles mayor election fell to an opponent who pilloried her links to labor.

Consider, as well, that these stinging defeats for organized labor, both in the public and private sectors, accompany its favored status from the Obama administration, in general, and from its puppet appointees on the National Labor Relations Board, specifically.

Could it be that unsustainable public-sector pensions for unions are taking a toll on baby boomers, who are finding out that their own golden years, as a result of higher taxes, are being reduced to tin?

Or perhaps transit and teacher strikes finally are catching up with the politicians who wear the union label, toe the union line, but are losing favor with the frustrated folks who put them in office?

The times are changing for labor unions, as these episodes demonstrate. The question is, when will Pennsylvania catch up with the rest of the country in recognizing that Big Labor's day is done?

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