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NYT OP-ED: Republicans Sure Love to Hate Unions [View all]

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Thomas B. Edsall NOV. 18, 2014

A paradox of American politics is that Republicans take organized labor more seriously than Democrats do.

The right sees unions as a mainstay of the left, a crucial source of cash, campaign manpower and votes.

“Unions are the largest player in American politics and they will be for some time,” Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, declared in March at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Fourteen million Americans have to pay union dues. If they average $500, and that is a low estimate, that’s a $7 billion slush fund for the left.”

Democrats are happy to get labor’s votes and money, but they have done little to revitalize the besieged movement.

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