Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
Union membership peaked in 1970. Wages for working class men peaked in 1973 and
have been declining ever since. Coincidence?
Are unions truly serving needs? Here's how you find out: make union
membership (and dues-paying) entirely voluntary, everywhere. Then watch how many
people sign up.The experiment is already underway. As more and more
states pass right-to-work laws, union membership is declining.
I'm sure getting information about unions from the "center on union
facts" is reliable and of course unbiased.
Who is Richard Berman?Richard Berman is a Washington, D.C.-based
hired gun who uses front groups to defend his corporate clients against the
public interest. Using his lobbying and consulting firm, Berman and Company, as
a revenue vehicle for his activities, Berman runs at least 23 industry-funded
projects, such as the Center for Union Facts, and holds 24 "positions"
within these various entities.He's a shill for corporations.
The Democratic party benefits more from unions than any other organization.
Union members are forced to pay union dues, union bosses donate money to the
Democratic party and the Democratic party bails out union jobs. For example,
nearly two thirds of the "stimulus package" went to public sector
unions; school teachers, firefighters etc. Money laundering with taxpayer money!
What a strange pair of values. Liberals are all for illegal aliens coming to get
the 'right to work' but are against citizens have the 'right to
work' without paying the extortion to the union.No one should
ever be forced to fund the democratic party just so they can have a job.
1970, the year truck drivers realized the union would shoot them for trying earn
a living and feed their families. And blue calls Berman a
'hired gun'.Unions are the ones who are the syndicates
with hired guns.
"Union members are forced to pay union dues, union bosses donate money to
the Democratic party"If you even cared about facts and reality
you would know that the law prohibits spending of dues money on political
contributions. But don't let that get in the way of your worldview.
Are unions truly serving the needs of their members? Given lower membership and
declining wages, likely not. But I am not sure the reason (or the answers) are
what the letter writer imagines.
@ isrred"If you even cared about facts and reality you would
know that the law prohibits spending of dues money on political contributions.
"Yes but criminals don't obey the law, even if, and
especially if, they are organized criminals. But don't let that
get in the way of your worldview.
I love it. "Center for Union Facts". You could substitute the words
'tobacco' or 'pharmaceutical industry' for 'union'
and get the same level of truthiness; the same idea of what the purpose and
motive of such an organisation is. Or you could just substitute 'NRA'
for the entire phrase.
Roland,I think you would find the decline in working class wages runs
paralell to increased illegal immigration and amnesties granted by well-meaning
but misguided politicians.Of course, more illegals voting and more
poor voting means more dem votes, and that's what the dems really want, not
quality of life for their constitutents.isrred,yes, we know
the law forbids unions from donating dues to politicians, but that has not
stopped them from doing it. And there are other ways they promote the dems - I
remember being courted by a union and getting their newsletter. I had to check
twice to make sure it was not published by the DNC. It was not, but it
certainly could have been written by them.
It's no secret that unions were infiltrated by those that wanted them
destroyed. To that extent that they were poorly managed on purpose, no.But having suffered an injury at a large company because my manager just
couldn't bring himself to slow down on short term goals so I could manage
my safety I think the loss of unions and the threat of unionization is a real
loss. I know if I had had representation it wouldn't have happened.
Most of us work today without the benefit of union membership because the wages,
salaries and benefits we receive are acceptable because of past union
activity.How many employers would pay the wages and salaries they
pay and offer the benefits they offer if it had not been for strong unions in
the past standing up for the common worker and fighting for those wages and
benefits?Safety in the workplace is such an important aspect of
worker satisfaction. Some jobs are inherently dangerous (such as construction)
and so it is important for employers to adopt safe working conditions and
practices. Once again, just like with wages and benefits, the private,
non-union sector has had to catch up to the benefits enjoyed by union workers if
they wanted to acquire and maintain a competent workforce.It's
popular and easy to portray union leaders and thugs and criminals (and some of
them have been) but most are just honest leaders who care about the welfare and
fairness offered to those of us who go to work everyday. Let's all stop
trying to find fault with unions and get over the paranoia that seems to
This is an offensive letter. Hostess was mismanaged. Businesses go under because
of mismanagement and poor decisions. Period. Business that makes unions a
partner are successful. Roland Keyser is spot on. Since 1979, the average middle
class wage has gone from 27k to 31k while the 2% has seen wages more than
double. You can't blame illegal immigration for that. Productivity has
steadily climbed and Econ 101 would have you believe wages would climb
proportionally but it hasn't. The minimum wage should be around $17/hr but
it isn't. Over 50% of those receiving assistance have jobs. Is that
something you can blame on unions? Contrary to the opinion of the popular right,
taxes are the lowest in 5o years. Where is this extra cash going? Secret foreign
bank accounts and the like I think but it isn't going to the American dream
for the middle class.
Here we go again with the Union bashers...Every car you drive, every
plane you fly on, everyship you sail on --- thank a highly skilled Union
work-force -- mainly in America, Germany, Japan and Korea.Every
cheap plastic toy, every cheap quality tool, every disposable throw it away junk
item...thank the Communists in China and exploited labor in Mexico, Bangladesh,
and Malaysia and their fire prone fatories.Unions do nothing more
that assure those who actually produce the product, get their fair share of
it.FYI - Unions broke down the Iron curtain of Communism -- not all
the bombs, guns, tanks, ships and planes could ever buy.Why do you think
Unions are out-lawed in COMMUNIST China.
Many people have no idea how unions work or operate. It is illegal for unions to
use dues or working assessments for political activity. Yet many individuals
have commented here, claims it happens all the time. Where is your proof? As far as pensions go it is federal law they have to be funded to a
certain level. If the pension is underfunded the members either have to take a
cut in pay and contribute that to the pension, ask the employer to contribute
more money per hour(which will never happen) or reduce the monthly pension
Hilarious! Utterly hilarious!Hilarious how this letter writer
cleverly omitted the fact that Hostess went through 7 different CEOs in 10
years. Each CEO gave himself and his cronies bonuses while running their company
further into the ground. Yes, workers took hits. Millions in pensions were lost
prior to filing for bankruptcy. While workers saw losses in their
salaries, pensions, health benefits, and jobs, the CEOs saw bonuses.And this letter writer has the gall to blame "the unions?"The problem with America isn't with unions or with "workers." The
problem with America are the get rich fast schemes which attract our CEOs. CEOs
who care more about making a quick and easy buck and less about actually
building and growing a company.Unions aren't a threat. Greedy and incompetent CEOs are.
I've never been a big fan of unions. But I do recognize their necessity. If
businesses really want to make unions unnecessary, they could simply practice
better management and insist on fair pay. Unions only exist because of abusive
management practices. This isn't rocket science.
Every trade, skill, profession, association, occupation, preference, race,
religion, age and every other group of people can be classified as a union.
People unite to increase their influence over their world. There’s
strength in numbers. The reason workers unions are so demonized and
hated is because they threaten and can effect the profits of the rich and
powerful. Contrary to the propaganda of business, a union of
scalawags who live off the labor of others, workers unions are no more
dishonest, cruel or evil than the other groups of people on this world.
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