The Michigan amendment to enshrine collective bargaining in that state's constitution failed. Americans in general were livid to hear stories of unions turning away nonunionized utility crews and thus slowing down the Hurricane Sandy cleanup for countless thousands without power. Yes, the unions drove the turnout efforts that put Obama over the tops and yes, they want to be paid back, but the nation's larder is bare. Maybe if Obama had less disdain for Great Britain he'd have learned how heavy-handed union activity in hard economic times can create a backlash against the prounion political party.
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