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    :: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 ::

    The New Face of Solidarity - By STEVEN GREENHOUSE, New York Times
    Companies have grown more aggressive and sophisticated in combating unions, often hiring consultants who lecture workers and show videos, hammering the point that unions do not help workers and only want their dues. Even many workers who favor unions are scared to speak out in favor of them, frightened that their employers will retaliate against them, perhaps by firing them, perhaps by cutting back their hours.

    "There's great hostility to unions in general," said Nancy B. Johnson, a professor of management at the University of Kentucky.

    "In the old days," she said, "you'd see co-workers dying and you'd see raw exploitation, so you wanted a union to protect you. Now if you work at nice retailers like Target or Kmart, you don't see people dying on the job. Yeah, you suffer some minor injustices, but a lot of workers today have learned to settle with what they have."
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