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    Default The Union vs. Corporate Showdown Has Officially Begun by Shamus Cooke


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    Default Re: The Union vs. Corporate Showdown Has Officially Begun by Shamus Cooke

    The $15 minimum wage thing I like but we foot the bill and what we hear back is....we don't need the union. The law makes them pay.
    And then you lose the lobby because they won't join.
    I see the point in forcing Obamacare and minimum wages. I see that we need employers and that the govt forcing helps our companies survive.
    But also see a point that if the govt forces then they don't need to join.
    Then you have the same situation.
    Corporations have their "unions" or lobby groups yet workers will not be united and putting money together in lobby groups such as unions.
    Corporations will still hold monetary upper hand with lobby.

    $15/hr recipients and Obamacare recipients should join and participate in the group who helped get them what they got to rebalance the lobby/legislation problems.

    It will still be corporate rule if they don't unite and combine money in dues and Union political action groups.
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    Default Re: The Union vs. Corporate Showdown Has Officially Begun by Shamus Cooke

    Good article. The paragraph about union leaders no longer being willing to strike hits home particularly in this union. Look at the example of Local 804 when 250 of the workers stopped for 90 minutes to protest the firing of another worker, and were fired themselves. Where was JPH for a month after that? Add to that the give-back contracts and concessions that he's responsible for over his tenure (we just had a contract that creates a two-tier pay system - 25% less for new hires from this year forward, increases in benefits coverage (OK, I kind of expected that), loss of premium pay depending on absences the weke before, essentially no raises - brokered by the trustee JPH set on us) and it's not a pretty picture. As the article mentions, it's not getting better and the only thing we really have left is to get fired up, raise our voices at our meetings, hold the leaders accountable or replace them in elections, and increase the participation by the members and restore a measure of democracy to our union at ALL levels.

    Or do we let the corporations win? Will we have to fight Chicago in 1934, Blair Mountain and Matewan all over again?
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