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Thread: What if the absence of strong unions is at the heart of much of what has gone wrong?

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    Default What if the absence of strong unions is at the heart of much of what has gone wrong?

    Although this is really about all unions, they are focusing heavily on the teachers unions in this article.

    Correlation is, of course, not causation. But the rise of this ideology has occurred while union membership has consistently fallen. The high point for unionization in America was in the 1950s, when about a third of workers were union members. Membership began to decline thereafter, accelerating in the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan, in a strong signal to a growing, deep-pocketed anti-union movement, fired 11,000 striking air traffic controllers. Today’s unionization rate is 11 percent, though the rate is 34 percent for public-sector workers and 70 percent for public school teachers. But in the much larger private sector, the rate is 6.5 percent, a historical low.

    Yet even today, the union movement is the single-largest and best-resourced institution aligned with middle- and working-class preferences. Its presence is evident in fights for higher minimum wages, health coverage and immigrant rights. A recent, rigorous study identified the cost of the decline in unions to Democratic politics, including less grass-roots organizing, lower turnout and fewer votes for Democrats at all levels of government. Such results, long intuited by conservative activists, are the motivation behind decades of efforts to undermine organized labor.

    Given the ongoing negative trend in union membership and the increase in state-level “right-to-work” laws — rules that undermine unions’ ability to collect sustaining dues — along with a similar recent Supreme Court case targeting public-sector unions, anti-union forces, funded by wealthy Republican donors, have long had the upper hand in this struggle.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.887f9fcea8fc
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    Default Re: What if the absence of strong unions is at the heart of much of what has gone wro

    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    Although this is really about all unions, they are focusing heavily on the teachers unions in this article.



    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.887f9fcea8fc
    The shrinking of America's middle class,disappearance of American jobs,collective bargaining,outsourcing,economic inequality,signing of trade agreements unfavorable to the US labor force,and the rise of Corporate America correlates directly with the assault on Labor Unions,and all of the Civil Rights that have been eroded in the process.

    Unions weren't only beneficial to the labor force,but also to all citizens in that they safeguarded many more rights than we normally attribute to labor.It is no accident that so many states have moved to ban Unions...Governors like Scott Walker and Rick Snyder,with the help of their Corporate patron saints,would not have been able to dismantle workers rights without first moving UNIONS out of the way.

    We will ONLY get our Unions back when MOST of us finally realize what it is we LOST when we allowed our elected officials to Banish them...We will ONLY get our voices back when we realize how precious voting rights are,to ALL of US...We will ONLY get our middle class back when ALL of US,together,realize that Together We Stand,Divided We Fall...We will ONLY get our prosperity back when we finally all realize that there is a LIMIT to Profit and there is a Minimum we must all INVEST in OURSELVES...That is what Government is there for...to Manage our INVESTMENT in Society through...Infrastructure...Education...Healthcare. ..Environment...Social Services...etc.

    We can all do well...Doing well doesn't have to be at the expense of the OTHER Guy...United We Stand...Divided We Fall...It's that SIMPLE!!
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    Default Re: What if the absence of strong unions is at the heart of much of what has gone wro

    We can never have a voice,...hoffa and the goon squad have sold our voice to the highest bidder,..

    hoffa has killed the teamster union,...

    Just look at the ragged out proposals they are trying to force down ABF,...Weak sauce from a weak union,.

    The union fat cat leadership is the only ones to blame for the death of organized labor,
    its done, over,.............Finished,............
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    Default Re: What if the absence of strong unions is at the heart of much of what has gone wro

    Quote Originally Posted by Walleye View Post
    We can never have a voice,...hoffa and the goon squad have sold our voice to the highest bidder,..

    hoffa has killed the teamster union,...

    Just look at the ragged out proposals they are trying to force down ABF,...Weak sauce from a weak union,.

    The union fat cat leadership is the only ones to blame for the death of organized labor,
    its done, over,.............Finished,............
    But for some reason, everyone keeps voting for the guy.
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    Default Re: What if the absence of strong unions is at the heart of much of what has gone wro

    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    But for some reason, everyone keeps voting for the guy.
    Not in the US,....

    It was the Canadian vote that kept the dirt-bag in office,..

    Our "union" leadership is in bed with management, that is where the problems lie,........
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