ON-Lion Letter
Just before Labor Day 2007, the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) in Olympia, Wash., released its annual State of Labor report.  Subtitled Unions Demand Political Payback, this year’s report reviews significant developments in the labor movement over the last year, analyzes union involvement in politics and their subsequent demands for payback, and offers potential legislative solutions to unfair policies promoted by organized labor.

While private-sector labor union membership continued to dwindle in 2006-07, according to the EFF report, the labor movement saw two major areas of success:  public-sector unionization continued almost unfettered and the 2006 mid-term elections brought several key victories.  Organized labor made significant contributions to the Democrat takeover and hoped their political investments would pay off.

Big Labor immediately began demanding political payback and grateful Democrats quickly obliged, as detailed in the report.  Four of the seven issues on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s "100-Hour Agenda" were labor priorities, including raising the minimum wage.  The so-called “Free Employee Choice Act” would have eliminated the secret-ballot elections currently used to unionize workers and implemented a “card-check” system vulnerable to harassment, intimidation and fraud.  House Democrats also reduced funding to the agency overseeing investigations into union fraud and corruption.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports EFF.
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