Exhibit A: A Gallup Poll finds that for the first time in polling history going back to the 1930s, fewer than half of Americans (48%) approve of labor unions (see chart above).
Exhibit B: Township officials expressed frustration that several unions representing Moorestown, New Jersey government workers have not agreed to reopen contract negotiations.
"It's more than frustrating," said Councilman Greg Gallo. "It's irresponsible and it shows tremendous shortsightedness and, frankly, I think it shows a disrespect to the taxpayers and to council to not even enter into a conversation."
Exhibit C: "If it's legal, Las Vegas should fire all city employees and then offer to hire them back for a reduced work week, Mayor Oscar Goodman said Wednesday.
Such a move could save the city enough money to avoid layoffs and program cuts, he said, and he directed the city attorney's office to study the idea. "If we're permitted to do that legally, I'm prepared to take the risk of political capital," Goodman said. Union leaders called Goodman a "bully" and said he just wants to throw out existing labor contracts."
Exhibit D: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said that more employee layoffs are imminent because the city has been unable to reach a contract agreement with its largest union.