Weepy writ­ing

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The Wash­ing­ton Post edi­to­rial page is un­der fire from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Man­u­fac­tur­ers (NAM) for the “irony of ironies” when it comes to opin­ing about unions — par­tic­u­larly given that Fred Hi­att, the news­pa­per’s edi­to­rial-page ed­i­tor, and AFL-CIO gen­er­al­coun­selJohnHi­attare­broth­ers.

Pa­trick J. Cleary, NAM’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, holds up a Dec. 22 Post edi­to­rial head­lined “Just Cap­i­tal­ism,” which he la­bels a “weepy trib­ute to the anti-democ­racy ‘card-check’ bill, the one that will al­low unions to win recog­ni­tion with­out an elec­tion, and by us­ing co­er­cion.

“Heck, if we wanted this kind of democ­racy, we’d just go see Fidel Cas­tro. Or that guy in North Korea,” writes Mr. Cleary, who re­calls the news­pa­per’s own past la­bor dis­putes that con­tinue to­day “as they try to force their re­porters to ap­pear on their fledg­ling and flail­ing [Wash­ing­ton] ra­dio sta­tion.

“So for­give us if we tire of hear­ing The Wash­ing­ton Post lec­ture us all about the im­por­tance of unions,” he says. “But lec­ture they do, point­ing out all the ca­nards from the AFL-CIO talk­ing points (Wash­ing­ton Post Edi­to­rial Page Ed­i­tor Fred Hi­att and AFL-CIO gen­eral coun­sel John Hi­att are brothers, af­ter all), in­clud­ing our fa­vorite that ‘polls sug­gest that be­tween 30 [per­cent] and 50 per­cent of nonunion work­ers would choose union rep­re­sen­ta­tion if they had a chance to vote for it.’ ”

Mr. Cleary was deputy as­sis­tant sec­re­tary for pol­icy at the La­bor De­part­ment un­der Pres­i­dent Rea­gan, and later served in the first Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion as chair­man of the Na­tional Me­di­a­tion Board.

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