Unions want students:
Kevin Dayton, a policy consultant to non-union construction companies in California, said the legislation was pushed by unions to boost their ranks.That's not necessarily a bad thing...
"They believe that one of the reasons young people are not organizing in unions is because they're not taught in schools the benefits of being in a collective workforce," he said.
Ed Leavy, secretary-treasurer of teachers union AFT Connecticut, said the opposite is the case: "It's not that labor unions are demanding this so we can increase the ranks. It's people preventing this so we don't."
The legislation proposed in Connecticut was benign, Leavy said. It would have helped teachers with resources such as textbooks and instruction guides.
Steve Kass, a member of the executive board of the Greater New Haven Labor History Association and a backer of the legislation, said Connecticut's legislation could have bolstered the union cause.
"We're losing a generation of workers who don't have an understanding about the union movement," he said.