Despite his laughable photo ops trumpeting workers, President Bush has built up a long record that shows his antipathy for the American labor force. Along with his executive orders aimed at weakening unions, he has packed the National Labor Relations Board with anti-worker ideologues, threatened to veto the creation of the Department of Homeland Security if employees were given union rights, and continues his effort to restrict workers from seeking legal redress against abusive employers.
Now, the crusade against American workers is hitting the heartland. While here in Montana, the state government is close to finalizing a laudable pay raise package with the state employees union, in other states, governors are expanding conservatives’ war against workers.
In Missouri and Indiana, Governors Matt Blunt and Mitch Daniels issued executive orders eliminating collective bargaining rights for some 50,000 total employees. The moves, within the governors’ first week in office, terminated workers’ rights to negotiate negotiate wages, health care and working conditions. Read more