Quad City unions face future with mandate to mobilize
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Since: Apr 08
#1 Apr 26, 2012
I spent 37 years as a union member, 24 of them in the Quad cities.
I understand, and acknowledge, that unions were responsible for tremendously good things for the working class, and not just union members. Everyone benefited.
What I can't understand is how the unions have continued to support the Democrats since Clinton shoved the big one to them with NAFTA and the succeeding trade agreements.
I saw Illinois lose more than a quarter of a million manufacturing jobs after Clinton signed NAFTA yet the unions continued to support him and the Democrats that followed.
Biden used the theme Bringing Back American Jobs during a recent stop in Davenport but he spoke at a non-union shop. WTF kind of repayment for union support is that?
The present administration seems to be turning its back on everyone that supported it... Blacks, Latinos, Gays, Unions, even women. Yet these same people open up their pocketbooks and wallets again. Perhaps they'd be better served by dropping their pants or lifting their skirts and grabbing their ankles.
The present crop of Democrats treats unions like a piece of Federal property, to be mined for its worth, then discarded when it has been sucked dry.
#2 Apr 29, 2012
Years ago, unions had their place. Now they take every dollar out of the business, tell the company how it's going to be run, it's sad.
Case in point, Eagle Brand Food Stores. The unions forced Eagles to pay their cashiers $20+/hour, a job that all the other grocers pay $9/hour. At the end of the day, profit is determined by subtracting the sales from the expenses.
If I can buy a box of macaroni and cheese for a dollar at Fare-Way, but it's going to cost me two dollars at Eagles, it does take a brain surgeon to determine where I'm going to shop.
I remember the signs for Eagles stores always read, "Established in 1893". You would think that a company over a hundred years old would have enough common sense that people won't pay double, just so the workers can get paid double their worth!
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