well this is fascinating

from the May 1983 Atlantic, a lesson in labor history and the cyclical nature of history:

What is at the heart of these and other conflicts is not an urge for self-destruction but rather the chronic mistrust between corporate management and American labor unions. … William Hobgood, a former assistant secretary of labor, who mediated the coal strike in 1978, says, “Historically, labor has made most of its gains through confrontation, not cooperation, and historically, management has been most satisfied when it has employed pressure techniques. You would think that the recession would cause some positive structural change in that relationship, but so far, if anything, it’s made matters worse.


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