Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Quite ironic that Mr. Berman should complain about "front groups" using
legal loopholes when he won't disclose the donors to his own group.
I'm guessing that the group "Center for Union Facts" is funded by
billionaires who want to pay their workers peanuts so they can keep all the
money for themselves.
Unions created America's former Middle Class.Unions broke down
Communism through Eastern Europe and the USSR.Only 3rd world
countries like China, Bangladesh, Mexico, Somalia and the United States are
@ LDS Liberal. Baloney! Nothing you said can be substantiated. The middle class
rose because of economic freedom, free enterprise and hard work. Taxes and
government have destroyed the middle class in America. Communism expanded
because of phony outgrowths of "worker's rights" which eventually
had to be sustained by corrupt governments and their military, except in
America, unions were bailout out by Obama with taxpayer money. The legacy of
unions in America is printed on the labels of almost everything Americans buy:
"Made in China".
This article amazes me because of how it twists reality. Imagine how terrible it
is that unions are working to get workers a living wage. We know what the
average fast food worker or worker at Wal-Mart makes and how it's barely
above the minimum wage and way below poverty wages. How appalling that unions
would be concerned about that and try to do something. What about all the
loopholes or outright disregard for the law that AIG did to get 150 Billion in
taxpayer dollars to bail them out. What about the tax breaks or other uses of
the law corporations use to get tax relief all the while not paying their
workers living wages. I'm also tying to figure out what union moved a job
to China. It was companies refusing to talk to unions who moved the jobs. Now
some companies are moving them back because workers in China are starting to see
the injustice of low wages. Pay a worker a good wage and they can buy what they
@ Instereo. Consumers vote with their wallets and Made in China get most of
their votes these days, not made in America by union employees. Opps, there goes
@mountainman. Taxes are at a all time low and what has the government done
specifically to bring down the middle class. Where are your substantiated
claims?It appears to me you are against the middle class.
Unions are responsible for several companies outsourcing, because their demands
overexceed the corporations ability to sustain itself and remain profitable.
Companies that agreed to meet union's outrageous demands have failed. Look
at the auto-industry in the US for examples.So you think it's
humanitarian to demand that fast food companies pay their employees more and
give them benefits? So working part-time menial jobs should pull you out of
poverty? At whose expense? If you could work at McDonalds without advanced
education and be compensated the same amount as a school teacher in Utah, why
graduate from high school, let alone college? Think of the consequences.
Menial labor is not intended to be a career field in this country.
@ Shaun. I was honestly trying to think of any taxes that are lower but we have
so many more of them! Obamcare, for example, is a new tax. I pay nearly 50% of
my income in one kind of tax or another: State and Federal income taxes,
property taxes, FICA, Medicare and Medicaid, sales taxes, fuel taxes, excise
taxes and lets not forget permits to build a house, permits to remodel a house,
traffic tickets (haven't had one in years), inflation- the sneakiest tax,
luxury tax, telephone taxes and if you drink or smoke, cigarette and liquor
taxes. And didn't Obama just increase taxes on the "rich" which was
a tax increase on all who pay taxes? Why, yes it was because the poor (or 47%)
pay no federal income taxes!
A workers union is a business. Workers unions as business operations are in
competition with other business operations for the wealth created by the labor
of workers. No other competition that business is engaged in has the vile,
contention, ugly, dishonest and false witness as the competition that business
operations carry out against workers. No other suppliers of goods or services
to the business are controlled or treated so badly as employees. In America, just like the rest of the world all throughout history, the
individual is at a disadvantage to the organized group and is easily oppressed.
Only as a group can ordinary people stand up to the giant organizations of the
world and resist the oppression brought by the natural greed of humans. Even our greatest union, the one we call the United States of America,
is under attack by the plans and programs of the groups who want more power and
@The Solution"Companies that agreed to meet union's
outrageous demands have failed. Look at the auto-industry in the US for
examples."You mean like Ford? It seems that when
unions and companies work together to solve problems, the outcome can be
positive. When both sides dig in and refuse to negotiate and
compromise, then both sides suffer (sounds kind of like the government). Yes,
both sides (labor and management) are guilty of obstructionism and equally share
in the blame for a company's failure. You can't blame the
unions for GM's and Chrysler's horrible and outdated car designs and
really bad marketing campaigns. The unions didn't decide to keep putting
out the same tired designs year after year after year. The
"visionaries" at the top did that all by themselves.
The dems have already created loopholes for members of congress so they get to
opt-out of Obamacare. There is no question in my mind that Barack's unions
will get the same treatment. As for the rest of us poor suckers.... well we are
forced to drink the REAL poison cool-aide of Obamacare. Demagogues like Barack
MountanmanHayden, ID@ LDS Liberal. Baloney! Nothing you said
can be substantiated.====Oh? really??Unions
created America's former Middle Class.[Absolutely! The trend in
the rise and fall of the middle class was the participation in unions over the
last 100 years. And by "middle class" I mean a father with a wife
and kids affording a house and a car.]Unions broke down Communism
through Eastern Europe and the USSR.[see "Solidarity" or "Lech
Walesa"]Only 3rd world countries like China, Bangladesh, Mexico,
Somalia and the United States are anti-Union.[The decline in
unionization since WWII in the United States has been associated with a
pronounced rise in income and wealth inequality and, since 1967, with loss of
middle class income.]You move...
More Union bashing. Berman is incredibly ignorant of labor history and
obviously a tool used to pull the wool over they eyes of the people. He is one
of many tht are pushing this country ever closer to oligarchy. His ideas are
the real threat to freedom, not Obama Care
Republicans keep trying hard to make corporations (business unions) people, but
unions of employees should not have a common voice and are evil. United we
stand, only counts for businesses, and religious organizations.When
will Americans wake up to the fact that the conservatives are Business First.
Citizens have no real power and they want to take what little they do have
away by demonizing unions, and seeking made in china products to support
communism like mtnman.
@patriot. Congress did not exempt themselves or their staffs. A simple search
will prove this.
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