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The Good Wife: 'The Most Honest Portrayal of Labor Unions I Have Ever Seen on Television'

Ed Sills of the Texas AFL-CIO sends us this:

My wife and I are big fans of “The Good Wife,” which, besides the inspired-by-real-events plotline—a wife “stands by” a cheating politician who has a statewide profile—is as fine a legal procedural as I have seen on television. The show combines a “case-of-the-week” approach with the ongoing soap-opera-style plot, and it pops.

[This week's] episode, “A More Perfect Union,” was extraordinary even by the show’s high standard. It delves into what happens when workers come together to try to form a union. The featured case involves a group of workers at a high-tech company who are fired for refusing to sign a burdensome contract. What follows is a dramatized version of a National Labor Relations Board hearing. In a plot twist, when the support staffers at the law firm see the lawyers working on a union case, they are inspired to seek better working conditions themselves. While both prongs of this union organizing show may distort real-life details for drama’s sake— there’s not an actual union or union rep in sight, for example—the look and feel of the episode and the result of the organizing drives are absolutely realistic. I cannot recall ever seeing union organizing approached as honestly on television.   

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