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.