Vilified by the Republicans and mocked by the Democrats, Carter reached the point where he was regarded by his own party as such a political liability that they tried to torpedo him in the 1980 primary.
While it's the workers who keep the operation running smoothly, it's management who gets the credit. It's management who gets the credit, the glory, the promotions, and, ultimately, the compensation.
Organized labor hasn't been dormant since the disappointing 2009 defeat of the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation that would have given workers the right to join a union simply by signing cards.
No matter what the eventual outcome, brave ILWU members have breathed life into the labor movement. One can only hope that their actions will inspire union members in other industries to assert themselves as well.
Unless last minute negotiations result in management backing off their demand that health care benefits be drastically altered, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers are ready to walk off their jobs.
Generally speaking, union jobs pay significantly more than non-union jobs. You want to be part of the American middle-class? Join a union.
The notion of social-economic conflict suggests something vaguely ideological -- something unpleasantly Marxian and subversive. In short, we regard "class warfare" as un-American.