Douglas Holtz-Eakin takes on a tough topic in his column: workers unions.
He discusses the impact of “chronic union problems” such as slowdowns, shutdowns, and other disruptions to the productivity of the union longshoremen. His lead is loaded, reading:
Once again, ports on the West Coast are being held hostage by union longshoremen, with potential to harm average Americans, the U.S. economy and U.S. military personnel overseas who may not receive needed supplies in time.
Holtz-Eakin first makes it clear with this statement that it is an ongoing and continuing problem, if the readers were not already aware, and claims that this issue poses threat to not only the American people, but the US economy and military. My first read of this sentence left me thinking it to be rather conservative and rather dramatic…I kept reading.
Though I was apprehensive about the subject matter and weary of bias that may be lurking further in the column, my opinion was slightly swayed once I read the final sentence of the first paragraph:
After decades of union work slowdowns and other disruptions, Congress has a chance to limit future damage by bringing longshoremen under the same law that protects the rights of many workers and employers in transportation industries.