Why unions "lost their clout"
|Brother Louis Robinson on why unions "lost their clout"
by Louis Robinson Jr., 77
Recording secretary for Local 1714 of the United
Auto Workers from 1999 to 2018
ONE MISTAKE THE international unions in the United States made was when
Ronald Reagan fired the air traffic controllers. When he did that, the
unions could have brought this country to a standstill. All they had to do
was shut down the truck drivers for a month, because then people would not
have been able to get the goods they needed. So that was one of the
mistakes they made. They didn’t come together as organized labor and say:
“No. We aren’t going for this. Shut the country down.” That’s what made
them weak. They let Reagan get away with what he did. A little while after
that, I read an article that said labor is losing its clout, and I noticed
over the years that it did. It happened. It doesn’t feel good.
*With the minutes from a meeting of his union’s retirees’ chapter.*
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