Regardless of who is elected president, workers will still need to be mobilized to hold Congress & Co. accountable when all the pressure from the corporations start attacking health care etc. That's what Labor 2008 is all about. We've got a lot to do and can make a big difference well beyond the prez election.
John Logan, a professor in the Industrial Relations Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science, analyzed the $4 billion/year union busting business and found that management increasingly is hiring anti-union consultants with less concern about doing so. Logan finds that until the 1970s, union-busting consultants were relatively few--only about 100 firms in the 1960s, compared with more than 10 times that number in the mid-1980s.
(more here at firedoglake http://www.firedoglake.com/index.php?s=u
in a shameless plug for a post I wrote).
The big bucks in the union busting would decrease a lot if the Employee Free Choice Act was law. The bill passed the House in March and the Senate will vote on it in the next day or two.
More here on the bill: http://www.aflcio.org/joinaunion/voiceat
HOTLINE made a mistake and the AFL-CIO is not endorsing a candidate for president in the next four weeks. I posted a diary here on the full HOTLINE correx, which is:
According to AFL-CIO spokesperson Steve Smith, they are "working out details right now" for their endorsement process for WH '08 and are likely to announce particulars of their plan in early March, following their first Executive Council Meeting since the Nov. '06 elections in Las Vegas, NV, March 6th - 8th.
Each of the 54 national and international labor unions within the AFL-CIO has their own respective endorsement processes and must be considered in forming the general AFL-CIO endorsement. [AMY DUDLEY].