First, this from the Economic Policy Institute:
And then, this from Vice President Joe Biden:
Vice President Joe Biden defended the role of organized labor, saying opponents are mounting a long-term war to attack unions.
“These guys on the right — they know without you there — they call every shot,” Biden told more than 1,000 UAW members and retirees on the final day on its four-day annual political conference here. “You guys are the only guys keeping the barbarians at the gate.”He criticized right-to-work laws approved in Michigan and Indiana. “Did you ever think you would see a day when right to work would pass in Michigan?” Biden said. “It’s not a right to work.”He held up a chart that said the fall in unionization had been a factor in the decline in wages.
“You built the middle class. Labor built the middle class,” Biden said. “You never leave anybody behind — even when it costs you politically and when it doesn’t benefit you directly.”