Bush Plays His Antiunion Card

Big Labor backs Clinton, and the President smacks Big Labor

GEORGE BUSH DEVELOPED A SUDDEN INTEREST IN labor law last Monday, the very day that the AFL-CIO leadership endorsed Bill Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Bush issued a directive ordering all federal contractors to notify their non-union employees in union shops that they may decline to have their dues diverted to political candidates they do not support. Bush broke no new ground here -- the Supreme Court established that principle in a 1988 ruling. That is why the Bush pronouncement had the sound of an election-year effort to placate the restless right wing of the Republican Party. Bush will need...

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