Few if any of the 150 or so comments above about the CTU election reflect any sense of growing union power, and yet the most recent issue of In These Times claims that unions in Chicago are flexing their muscle:
with city hall's tilt to a business elite, Chicago's labor unions
decided to send Mayor Richard M. Daley a message," begins the article (Chicago Unions Flex Political Muscle). "In the February and April elections,
the labor movement broke with the city's fabled but feeble Democratic
machine, and helped oust key Daley allies and elect seven new members
to the 50-seat city council."
The article goes on to claim that changes in the city council could block or blunt things like Wal-Mart and other antiunion initiatives. But is any of this resurgence happening with CTU, I wonder? I don't get that sense -- but don't know why.
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