Op-ed: Organized labor losing its grip

From the Traverse City Record Eagle:

For as long as I can remember, organized labor has been a powerful — perhaps the most powerful — influence in Michigan politics, most of all within the Democratic Party.

Especially in the southeast part of our state, nothing of political consequence happened for decades without the major unions signing off on it, or at the bare minimum, offering grudging acceptance. Yet now, with Michigan still firmly in the grip of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, people appear increasingly disconnected from the usual political process and from their traditional designated leaders. Significantly, this includes union members and their families, as well.