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Unionman

Bronx, NY

#42 Dec 12, 2012
Right to work law Fox News gets it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/11/step...
Smokin Joe

United States

#43 Dec 13, 2012
Union Man

United States

#44 Dec 14, 2012
When a member of the union tries to cite the "free rider problem" as a reason to be against right-to-work laws, they are forgetting that their union contract probably includes a clause about "exclusive representation".

If a union negotiates with an employer using exclusive representation, they ARE required to represent the non-paying, non-union employees - the free riders.

However, federal law does not require a union to sign an exclusive representation contract. That is completely up to the union and employer. They can negotiate a "members only" contract in which they completely eliminate the free rider problem in exchange for slightly less collective bargaining power.

What a right-to-work law truly does is create more competition in the labor market. Theoretically, if the unions rise to the challenge, they will offer better representation, higher wages, and better benefits to entice employees to join their union. If they can't do these things, employees will not want to bother paying union dues.
Smokin Joe

Bronx, NY

#45 Dec 15, 2012
Right to work’ is conservative code for screw the worker
Union Man

Riverhead, NY

#46 Dec 26, 2012
Union Man

United States

#47 Dec 28, 2012


To all the working class hero's
Union Printer

Riverhead, NY

#49 Jan 24, 2013
TOM MCANA

Ahmedabad, India

#50 Aug 17, 2014
You can print a bug anywhere close to your design. Generally we place it underneath, either centered or off to the right side. It needs to be close to your artwork so it can be included on the same screen- a union bug printed randomly on the sleeve would be an extra location and charge.
Unionman

Ronkonkoma, NY

#51 Dec 14, 2014
I guess it's no use directing this to those who put no store in the 8 hour day, 40 hour work week, workplace safety, child labor laws, equal pay for equal work, paid sick leave, paid vacation, and pension plans. If not for collective bargaining, however, none of these would exist for the vast majority of all employees - Union members or not.
But despite all of those shared benefits, you are convinced that when a Union man gets a dollar raise it comes out of your pocket. I know I can't convince you to the contrary.
It may not bother you that negotiated benefit packages are being cast aside in courts despite only one side having failed to uphold its end, or that corporations are writing laws restricting the forming or joining a Union. I know my breath is wasted.
To the rest I'll confirm what you already know - as Union participation has decreased so has compensation for all workers. The middle class is disapearing while upper-level pay packages and corporate profits have soared. When an employee does get a raise it bears no resemblance to his increased productivity.
US Unions, with a brilliant history of raising standards for all workers, their families, and their children, are in decline. What's going on? In 2013 there were 14.5 million union members in the U.S., compared with 17.7 million in 1983. In 2013, the percentage of workers belonging to a union in the United States was 11.3%, compared to 20.1% in 1983.
To get a broader perspective one would have to go all the way back to 1947 and the passage, over the veto of then president Harry Truman, of the Taft-Hartley Act. Workers, as would be assumed, had been very supportive of the war (WWII) effort. Post war, though, brought the expectation of demands deferred and a flood of former soldiers back into the labor market. Taft–Hartley was a means of controling labor by imposing limits on its ability to strike and keeping any communist influence out of leadership positions.
Fast-forward to president Ronald Reagan's scorched-earth handling of the Air Traffic Controllers (who had backed him for office) strike in 1981. Reagan not only broke the strike but the Union was forced into bankruptcy, many of the strikers were jailed, and all were banned for life from their livelyhood. In 2003, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, said of Reagan's actions, "... gave weight to the legal right of private employers, previously not fully exercised, to use their own discretion to both hire and discharge workers."
And today, if you are employed in one of the 24 states that has passed a Right to Work law, you cannot be required to join or pay dues or fees to a union. That sounds reasonable until one realizes that if you resign from union membership and stop paying dues, you are still fully covered by the collective bargaining agreement that was negotiated between your employer and the union, and the union remains obligated to represent you. Any benefits that are provided to you by your employer pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement (e.g., wages, seniority, vacations, pension, health insurance) will not be affected by your resignation.
Unionman

Ronkonkoma, NY

#52 Dec 14, 2014
You read correctly, the Right to Work law actually offers a free ride on the gravy train.
In fairness, it's worth mentioning, 26 states do require public-sector workers such as firefighters, police officers and teachers to pay partial dues, often known as “agency fees,” to the unions that negotiate their contracts and represent them in grievances. But the Supreme Court has indicated a willingness to nibble away at those exceptions, notably in its June 30 decision on Harris vs. Quinn.
Even without going further into its history we cannot be surprised if Unions suffer a bit of Stockholm Syndrome. Unions have few friends among corporate-dependant congressmen. And it's a fact, Unions haven't had a real friend in the White House since Harry Truman.
I'm not going to let Unions off the hook, though, simply because they've been used and abused. They have neglected, perhaps rejected, their core message - "in unity there is strength". Their stick has been whittled to a twig, but I'm not seeing much carrot in its place. Yes, Taft-Hartley prohibits sympathy strikes and boycotts, but it cannot deny displays of solidarity. There are 101 unions in the US, some independent, most in affiliation with the AFL-CIO or the Change to Win Federation. What, we may ask, might be the impact if those 101 Unions acted in conjunction?
On July 18 the union, National Nurses United, coordinated a demonstration in Detroit to get water service restored to thousands of city residents. They were joined by labor, environmental, and community activists. 3,000 people participated.
How many more might there have been if the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Federation of Teachers had shown up?
On Sept. 4 the Service Employees International Union sponsored sit-ins and protests in over 100 cities calling for $15 hourly wages for fast-food restaurant workers.
How many more cities might have been represented if the United Farm Workers, the Sheet Metal Workers International, and the Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees had been involved?
You get my point. Unions and union members should be the first to recognize the critical importance of actively working together. I'm not at all suggesting individual unions and their membership should back campaigns they disagree with. I am emphatically saying they should be backing campaigns outside of their immediate focus. It's not as though there is dirth of potential targets.
Voter Suppression and fair elections
Net Neutrality and community broadband
Money=Speech and Corporations=People
Global climate change
Wealth inequality
These are just a few important issues which impact the lives of us all, and the vast majority of us are in agreement how we feel about them. Unfortunately that majority is being ignored, subjugated and intimidated.
Where to go, what to do?
Forget the politicians and forget the courts, forget the uber-rich and forget the mega-corporations. Forget them why? Because we need more bulk to face the Goliaths. It is the apathetic and the willfully ignorant who are currently the greatest stumbling blocks to positive action on these concerns. We need a public education blitz like this nation has never seen. We need people in the street, teachers on the campus, talking heads on tv, chalk on the sidewalk. We need creativity to rival Eden.
And who is better equipped to promote and coordinate that challenge? Who should best be motivated to get the ball rolling and to stick with it 'til it roils like a mighty wave? Who can say with authority, "You come out for us, we'll come out for you? I'm not saying spend big bucks, but rather expend big energy. If unions aren't professionals at organizing and energizing I really don't know where to turn. We, the tired, the poor, the tempest-tossed just need a beacon.
Union Man

Ronkonkoma, NY

#53 Feb 28, 2015
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker received a lot of completely undeserved grief from the national news media in the past weeks. But he may have made a genuine unforced error in one of his remarks today.
Asked about ISIS, Walker responded,“If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the globe.” That is a terrible response. First, taking on a bunch of protesters is not comparably difficult to taking on a Caliphate with sympathizers and terrorists around the globe, and saying so suggests Walker doesn’t quite understand the complexity of the challenge from ISIS and its allied groups. Second, it is insulting to the protesters, a group I take no pleasure in defending. The protesters in Wisconsin, so furiously angry over Walker’s reforms and disruptive to the procedures of passing laws, earned plenty of legitimate criticism. But they’re not ISIS. They’re not beheading innocent people. They’re Americans, and as much as we may find their ideas, worldview, and perspective spectacularly wrongheaded, they don’t deserve to be compared to murderous terrorists.

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