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Happy Labor Day, Organized Labor! Enjoy it while it lasts...

The U.S. Department of Labor web site acknowledges that Labor Day originated as

a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Now there’s no harm in honoring those who labor – hard-working Americans are the backbone of the greatest free-market economy in the world…and we hope it stays that way, Obama’s socialism fetish notwithstanding.

But on this Labor Day weekend, isn’t it interesting that Gallup has just published the results of a poll showing that for the first time since the mid-1930s, less than 50% of Americans approve of labor unions?

Note that this sharp drop in union approval is occuring shortly after the implosion of the American auto industry.  Gallup noted in a poll earlier this year that 43% of Americans placed “a great deal of blame” on auto unions as a cause of the problems with the Big 3.  Another intriguing statistic is that union membership was up sharply in 2008 – yet their popularity is tanking.

In the latest Gallup poll, it was noted that more Americans believe that unions hurt the companies where workers are unionized than help.

Ouch!

While there is no discernible correlation between these results and other events beyond the auto industry woes, one must wonder whether there is also some latent concern about the effects of the still-simmering “Employee Free Choice Act” legislation, also known as “Card Check.”  While it appears that the EFCA bill is dormant for the remainder of this year, labor leaders such as Jimmy Hoffa are seeing the writing on the wall for big Dem losses in 2010 and are now pushing for action sooner rather than later.

There is a time and a season for everything…but the season for organized labor has come and gone, and Americans have recognized this. So, to the labor unions, on this 127th Labor Day, I say “Happy Labor Day!”  And while you eat your burgers and chips, just remember that we Americans are just not all that into you.