What, exactly, does it mean to have non-union workers join a union? Is it a purely symbolic or public relations gesture, or is there a practical side to it? Labor's problems are more serious than by-law changes.
Not counting all the other bad things that have happened recently, two ambitious AFL-CIO endeavors have failed spectacularly: Organizing Wal-Mart Stores and gaining a significant foothold in the Deep South.
Some in the press have said the unions are the problem; that many of us are unrealistic and unwilling to compromise. That's not true. Yes, we fight for our members and the fair rights of workers, but we understand the need to come to a common understanding.