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    :: Monday, December 04, 2006 ::

    Stern’s Book Places Him in New Role For ‘Getting America Back on Track’ - Final of six articles By Harry Kelber
    There is a schizoid quality that permeates the book and creeps into Stern’s value system. On the one hand, he sympathetically describes the hardships and woes of most working class families. He notes that productivity from 2001 to 2003 increased 11.7 percent, while median income grew only 1.6 percent. But later on, he wants workers to become more productive to increase their employers’ competitiveness.

    Stern presents a series of shocking statistics of how employers intimidate workers from joining a union. He cites a Cornell research report that states:

    “Every 23 minutes a worker is fired or discriminated against for his or her support of a union.” And also. “Eight of ten employers (82 percent) hire high-priced union-busting consultants to fight union organizing drives. But he still wants workers to join partnerships, specifically designed to help their employers.” (Does that make sense?)
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