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Ironically, given unions’ critical role in electing and re-electing Mr. Obama, the jobs-destroying taxes and hyper-regulation of the Obama era may make it even worse for unions. Unionized businesses, lacking the flexibility of non-union businesses, will be less likely to grow and more likely to fail, which will further diminish the influence and membership of unions.

Hilda Solis ran the Labor Department as an extension of the union movement, but her heavy-handed approach — seeing business as an enemy rather than as a partner in creating jobs — may have simply been another nail in the movement’s coffin.

Terrence Scanlon is president of the Capital Research Center.