Dramatically lower unionization rates (now below 8% in the private sector) has caused this sort of desperation among those who depend on union money for political power. Let the bullying of government employees begin.
Union organizing just got easier for government employees in Massachusetts. Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill yesterday that allows employees to organize through "card check" drives, rather than secret ballots.
Union officials applauded the measure, which had been vetoed by Governor Mitt Romney last year and denounced by some business leaders, who said workers would be intimidated into voting in favor of unionizing. Similar legislation in Congress is backed by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and others, but has failed to gain Senate approval.