Thursday, September 18, 2003

CENSORED: The Effort to Make Unions Disappear

"Called the 'most pro-corporate president in history,' George W. Bush has been, particularly since 9-11, engaged in a relentless, yet largely covert, effort to undermine labor unions and worker protections."

The Bush Administration's effort to effort to destroy labor unions has earned it the number 5 position among Project Censored's Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2002-2003.

Project Censored explores and publicizes "the extent of censorship in our society by locating stories about significant issues of which the public should be aware, but is not, for one reason or another." Hopefully, the public will then demand that journalists start covering these stories.

The issues highlighted by the journalists that did cover this story include Bush's intervention in the Northwest Airlines strike, using homeland security concerns to attack public employees, contracting out of government work, (ab)use of the NLRB to discourage organizing, and misportrayal of the 2002 West Coast dockworkers' strike and other recent labor struggles.

Thanks to Muvfugga for bringing this to my attention.