The Assault On Union-Political Alliance

Law360, New York (August 2, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT) -- While union membership rates have declined in recent decades, alliances of unions and politicians at the local, state and national levels remain a staple of the American political scene. Indeed, unions have expanded their political activity, raising more money for campaigns and organizing more effectively to push a pro-labor agenda.

At the same time, as recent developments in Wisconsin and Indiana underscore, other politicians have advocated for legislation to cut the collective bargaining rights of public-worker unions and spoken out against unions.

Against this backdrop, unions,...
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