Despite efforts in Wisconsin and other nearby states to rein in the power of public employee unions, candidates for the Evanston Township High School board took pains at a public forum Tuesday night to offer support for the current system of labor-management relations at the school.

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A New York Times story this morning recounting the labor battles underway in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio noted that, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 35 percent of public employees are unionized — more than five times as many as in the private sector.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Of course

    Of course they did. This is the PDRE (peoples democratic republic of Evanston) after all. You know, the land of external diversity and internal uniformity. I shutter at the thought of what would happen to these folks if they were to come out publicly against the unions. Intimidation? Harassment? You bet. These unions are bullies and that is why the majority of us hate them. May they go the way of the dodo bird as soon as possible.

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