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The One Percent SolutionHow Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time$
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Gordon Lafer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703065

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703065.001.0001

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Silencing Labor’s Voice

Silencing Labor’s Voice

The Campaign to Remove Unions from Politics

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(p.156) 5 Silencing Labor’s Voice
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The One Percent Solution
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Gordon Lafer

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501703065.003.0006

This chapter examines antiunionism in the context of the broader corporate agenda, asking why corporate lobbies seek to erase public employee unions as a political force. It begins with a discussion of the role of unions in politics as well as the origins of the so-called paycheck protection laws and their impact on workers' rights. It then considers the stand of business lobbies with respect to paycheck protection legislation, along with state legislation that created added reporting requirements and expanded the scope of prohibited activities aimed at curbing unions' involvement in political activity. The chapter argues that the most important advocates of paycheck protection, including the American Legislative Exchange Council, Americans for Prosperity, and allied corporate lobbies, are seeking to enact a sweeping economic agenda.

Keywords:   antiunionism, corporate lobbies, public employee unions, politics, workers' rights, paycheck protection legislation, American Legislative Exchange Council, Americans for Prosperity, economic agenda

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