How do you feel about certain states outlawing labor unions and collective bargaining?
This is not a hypothetical. Many states to include, Wisconsin, Alabama, Maine, Ohio, and Arizona are pushing legislation to limit the power of labor unions; especially those for government and public service employees. Are we losing all the ground that Americans gained for us over the years through blood, sweat, and sacrifice?
I don't think that the labor unions and collective bargaining should be outlawed. I do think that shops should be open though. I work in a closed shop, and have always been a union man regardless of the shop being opened or closed, but I think that people should have the right to decide. I've stood in protests and picketed -- my union has a no strike clause -- and I've given up raises to ensure that my union brothers and sisters keep their jobs, so I sure as hell don't think that someone seeking to make a political name for themselves should be able to destroy the unions.
The state governments can do whatever they like with their own public-funded employees as long as they curtail the possibility of future collective bargaining from the military agencies.
I think a lot of people forget why unions exist. Unions were created because business owners used to treat their employees like slave labor and would fire people who were injured on the job, leaving them without $$$ or medical. Women with children who lost their husbands due to an employer's failure to protect employees were forced to beg to feed their children. People were fired if they disagreed politically with their bosses. Apparently this is still happening in Wisconsin. Collective bargaining helps people maintain health insurace, reasonable working hours, safe working conditions, injury compensation, etc. I do not want to go back to the days when my grandfather and great uncles worked in coal mines until they dropped dead. I don't think unions are perfect, but they are a lot better than the histoical disposable worker model.
by TMMason 7 years ago
I believe it is time to toss the Unions from our govt. and maybe even the private sector. they have served their purpose and have become a hinderance and a drain on our economy. They have spat in the face of all those Americans who are right to work workers, and are nothing more, and have been...
by Ralph Deeds 7 years ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4Z1AO3yG_8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AbeAcTi … re=relatedThe latest news--The State Police are trying to track down the Democrat legislators at least one of which is needed for a quorum so that a vote may be taken on the governor's bill. The Dems have...
by logic,commonsense 6 years ago
In Michigan, caregivers are required to pay $30 a month in union dues to the SEIU! Even if they are the parents of disabled children. This adds up to $6 million a year! 95% of what the union uses to buy politicians is spent on Democrats, even though not all those who pay dues...
by Rafini 7 years ago
I sent this to my state reps & intend to send it as a Letter to the Editor of the local paper.As a law-abiding, taxpaying, legal citizen of Wisconsin and the United States of America, I request you, as my state legislator, to listen to what I have to say and represent me so that my vote...
by Dan Harmon 8 years ago
I believe that labor unions were a virtual necessity in years past - they helped correct deplorable and disgusting conditions in the workplace. But are they necessary, or even desirable, in modern America?There is little doubt that there are still workplaces in this country that are in need...
by Doug Hughes 7 years ago
"I just spent four days in Madison and the state Capitol, reporting, and saw absolutely no violence. There were no arrests on Saturday, when 80,000 liberals rallied and a smaller number of Tea Partiers counter-protested. There were no arrests last night when hundreds of angry protesters...
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