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Aug 9, 2008 7:40 am

McGovern on Unions

Former Senator and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern has a piece opposing the "Employee Free Choice" bill, the main item on the AFL-CIO legislative agenda. (McGovern wrote his dissertation on organized labor.) McGovern was the only Democrat who did not get the AFL-CIO's endorsement, when he ran in 1972--mostly due to Vietnam, but also because the New Left didn't always see eye-to-eye with the Old Left on organized labor.
The last time the Democrats controlled Congress, they were unable to enact the "Caesar Chavez" bill against permanent replacement workers; in 2009 they may have a fililbuster-proof majority.

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