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Working In These Times

Saturday, Jan 8, 2011, 7:23 am

Why Do 48 Percent of Americans Disapprove of Unions?

BY Jeremy Gantz

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Mike Elk, a regular Working In These Times contributor, offered his answer to that question this week on the RT network's Alyona Show during a feisty exchange with Christopher Prandoni, the executive director of the Alliance for Worker Freedom. The Alliance, a project of Americans for Tax Reform (which was founded by Grover Norquist), is not exactly friendly to unions. Elk and Prandoni sparred over public workers unions' (lack of) connection to the revenue crises wreaking havoc on state finances around the country.

Jeremy Gantz is a contributing editor at the magazine. He is the editor of The Age of Inequality: Corporate America's War on Working People (2017, Verso), and was the Web/Associate Editor of In These Times from 2008 to 2012. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he worked as a reporter for The Cambodia Daily in 2007. After graduating from Carleton College in 2004, he lived in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright scholarship, studying the intersection of ethnic politics and public education. His articles have also appeared in Chicago-area newspapers, Alternet and the Onion’s A.V. Club.

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