Thursday, September 10, 2009
Eric Fink addressed a group of Mitchell Community College students and staff on Tuesday about the issues labor unions are facing in terms of the Employee Free Choice Act, unity and the status of the National Labor Relations Board.
The Mitchell Community College Diversity Task Force organized the lecture, titled "The State of the Unions: U.S. Labor Today."
Less than a year ago, following the presidential and congressional elections, many predicted a resurgence of the labor movement, Fink said.
Membership has been on the decline since it peaked in the 1950s, when unions represented close to 50 percent of all workers, Fink said. Now, less than 10 percent of the population belongs to a union.
Fink admitted he was pro-labor union and a bit partisan on the matter. He has represented several unions and employees suing unions.
I love the line about Fink being a "bit partisan." Yeah, and the Pope is a "bit Catholic."