GOP Strategist O'Connell: Labor Unions Are Dying

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 03:48 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Labor Day celebrates America's work force, but labor unions don't have a lot to cheer about, according to Republican strategist Ford O'Connell.

"On the private sector side, the labor union is certainly dying," O'Connell told Rick Ungar, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," Friday on Newsmax TV. "Only 6.3 percent of folks are unionizing the private sector."

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But there is a silver lining, according to O'Connell, author of "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

"Where they are doing very well is in the stable part of the labor base on the public sector's side, which is about 35.3 percent," he said.

"Laborers are trying to figure out what its roles are going to be and how it can strengthen its foundation moving forward, particularly with the rise of the global economy.

"Laborers are facing some tough times, and they're really trying to figure out which way to go forward."

O'Connell said that big business has long despised labor unions.

"Because at the end of the day they feel they're paying more for the work than for the output," he said.

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