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    Tamed since its radical origins, the modern labor movement continues to face more conventional struggles. Outsourcing has undercut American manufacturing. Health care and pension costs have skyrocketed. And the recession has pitted workers against the unemployed in a resentful job market.

    Amid dwindling ranks, labor has shifted momentum from its traditional strongholds in construction and manufacturing over to public sector employees, health care workers and the service industry. But young workers still face new corporate challenges and a narrower path to the middle class.
    “If you worked hard and made a good wage, you might be able to send your kids to college,” he says. “You might be able to drive a car. You might be able to own your own home. You might be able to retire. … That was the middle class. That was the American Dream.”

    State Rep. Timm Ormsby, who serves as president of the Spokane Regional Labor Council, says unions brought democracy to the workplace. From miners to teachers to firefighters, labor unions have long advocated for better pay and improved working conditions for all, historically helping to win the minimum wage, the eight-hour day, overtime pay, worker’s compensation and sick leave.

    “There are a lot of spillover benefits for working folks that have no affiliation with the labor union,” he says.
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    Default Re: New Face of Labor

    Here's the real new face of labor
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    While I try to be optimistic kickass, I do have to agree with you. But I am hoping with the way things are going with employment, lack of jobs, low pay, not enough hours, no sick pay, no sick leave, that more non-union employees will get a clue.

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    Default Re: New Face of Labor

    There seems to be a large faction out there who believe if the labor force was 100% union or even 80% or whatever it would solve all problems and the middle-class would then prosper. I don't think it works that way. Unions cannot create jobs or improve the economy. Jobs improve the economy. There are factors like being competitive and productive while still being union that would need to happen to make a strong middle class. Good paying jobs=strong middle class. There are still millions out of work=no union power..weak middle class.

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    More union members mean a stronger economy (more money for them to spend) which would create more jobs. It's simple beanie

 

 

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