Remember 1958! That’s the rallying cry of organized labor in California as it approaches a June 2 primary election that could determine the union movement’s political future, not only in California but elsewhere. Labor will focus most of its political energies on defeating Proposition 226, dubbed by proponents the "Paycheck Protection Act,"enactment of which would require that unions gain yearly permission from their members to spend...
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Peter Dreier is E. P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Program at Occidental College. His next book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, will be published by Nation Books in June.