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State of the Unions: Organized Labor Has Seen Much Better Days

Lest we forget why we've got a three-day weekend, Labor Day is a recognition of American workers and what they've done for all of us.

Lest we forget why we've got a three-day weekend, Labor Day is a recognition of American workers and what they've done for the country. Minyanville writes that the labor movement has seen significant decline in recent years, and checks in on a few specific labor unions. Here's an excerpt from the section on public sector workers:

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Happy Labor Day: 10 Great Things Courtesy of Labor Unions

Let's remember all the good stuff we've gotten from unions.

Just in time for Labor Day, Gallup released a poll revealing that just 52 percent of Americans approve of labor unions, a percentage that's nearly the lowest since Gallup started polling in 1936. Predictably, the gap widens once you look at political affiliation, with 78 percent of Democrats giving unions props as opposed to just 26 percent of Republicans.

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Does Scott Walker Know That Ronald Reagan Supported Unions and Collective Bargaining?

Reagan: "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." Read what else the Wisconsin guv's idol had to say.

It's no surprise that Wisconsin's new Republican Governor, Scott Walker regularly compares himself to one of the deities of his political party, America's 40th President, Ronald Reagan. But, Walker obviously doesn't know Reagan that well, because his plans to end collective bargaining for most of Wisconsin's public employees, including teachers, is in direct opposition to what Reagan believed.

Walker believes that his efforts to end public employee's right to collective bargaining are akin to Reagan's August 1981 firing of thousands of air traffic controllers who illegally decided to strike. And while it's true that Reagan came down hard on the air traffic controllers, that doesn't mean he believed in completely stripping away worker's rights.

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