The union-busters would have us believe that a “right to work” tide is sweeping the country.
A trickle is more like it. But you wouldn't know that from the media.
Wisconsin recently was all over the news for becoming the 25th right to work state. But in a USA Today opinion piece, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka pointed out what the media hasn't made as much of: state legislatures in New Hampshire, West Virginia, New Mexico, Maine and Montana turning thumbs down on right to work.
Right to work failed in the current session of the Kentucky General Assembly, to boot.
Anyway, the union-busters are one for seven in states this year. In baseball, my favorite sport, that’s a .143 bench-warmer batting average.
In the Bluegrass State, where I live, the union-busters have made the news big-time for pushing county right to work ordinances. They bragged that 30 counties would approve local right to work measures by the end of January, Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan recalls.
We’re past the Ides of March, and only 11 counties have endorsed right to work.
Anyway, Kentucky has 120 counties. Back to the national pastime: 11 for 120 is a .092 couldn’t-hit-water-if-you-fell-out-of-a-boat batting average. It’s not even within shouting distance of the Mendoza line. (If you’re not a baseball fan, click here.)
This old newspaper scribe suggests that the media needs a hefty helping of perspective in reporting on right to work. One Kentucky county—Marshall—even unanimously passed an anti-right to work resolution.
The local media barely mentioned Marshall's move and, as far as I can tell, the statewide media ignored it.