Religion, anti-discrimination and the decline of labor law

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  • Bill McGee Alpine, UT
    March 1, 2011 7:21 a.m.

    How silly. Protestants may choose to stand individually before God, but when confronted with a more powerful foe they have always united together in support of a common cause. When a handful of employers control the job market, workers should have the right to meet them on a level playing field. When an employer chooses to earn several hundred times more than those workers he employs, in essence chooses to eat his bread earned by the sweat of another man's brow, to quote Abraham Lincoln, he needs to be addressed by a force he cannot choose to simply ignore or bully away.

    Gone are the days of children losing limbs in factory machinery, 16-hour days six days a week, the company store, and bullies with clubs beating workers who dare to complain. We have unions to thank for those things. Anyone who works should expect a minimum wage, safe working conditions, and health insurance. To be treated with dignity, and to share in the success of the company that he sweats his life into.

    Unions are no ball and chain. Instead, they are a tether that ties a company to a sense of humanity and common decency.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Feb. 26, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    Public unions are a huge ball and chain on the tax payer. Private unions are a big ball and chain on their company. Unions always act in an adversarial way. The development of western civilization was the result of the Protestant reformation.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Feb. 26, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    by absolutely no stretch of the imagination could i be considered one of the rich, yet i still see unions as a group to be a flawed system---while i recognize the need to show unity in dealing with management, i also see that no union has treated bad news equally among the members---instead they have engaged in me first politics from hiring to firing and in many conflicts between---i have worked in many environments where union membership was required and not once have i considered membership to be a personal benefit---they have not once helped me to be hired but several times have barred my employment---they have not once kept me from being fired which term i use to describe all separations from employment---and they have taken my dues without even listening to what i think should be the position of the union but instead preventing me from participating in the debate---they are great at negotiating good things for all but when bad things are forced they leave individuals to bear the weight alone---if unions were really about equality then layoffs would become reductions in wage and benefits for all---

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Feb. 26, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    It's not hard to fugure conservatives out. You just look in a hostory book and go backwards. That's thier plan for the furure.

    So combining this months attack on labor rights and education we can surmise that the next logical step is to convince themselves that schools are no longer necessary because on-the-job training will be much more efficient. Your children don't need 3rd grade - they need a job at walmart.

    Here in Arizona the conservatives are even hard at work repealing child labor laws to make it possible. No kidding.

  • homebrew South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 26, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    For 70 years true blooded Americans from both parties have shen blood sweat and tears to fight for workers rights. The middle class was born because of the brave people who stood up to tyranny in the workplace. Now the New republican party has declared war on the middle class, and workers rights. I am a union member, have been for 23 years. I will fight for my rights. Will the rest of you? Will you fight for others rights? The right to collectivly bargain with employers? The only way to stop these people is to vote them out of office. RECALL the GOP. 2010 election was a big mistake. Putting the nutcases who caused our meltdown back in power was just plain crazy. What are their only solutions? Take food from the mouths of children,(Cutting the WIC programs) and others, and give tax breaks to the people who really need it:: The filthy rich HYPOCRITES We must stop voting for these people who care only about the wealthy. Did you know that 140 people have as much wealth as 150 million americans? SAD but true. Is this what our founders intended? I think Not

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 26, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    The destruction of labor laws and the promotion of anti-discrimination laws are actually both a part of the conservative commercial republican agenda. Both are part of the campaign to have cheap labor.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 26, 2011 8:40 a.m.

    We're all going to suffer in the long term if we continue to demonise working people.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 26, 2011 7:41 a.m.

    The reason that labor law is in decline is that the people who give the most "contributions" to our politicians benefit greatly from having powerless workers. It is not by accident that the top 1% of Americans have increased their share of the nation's wealth by 400% over the last thirty years, while during this same period wages for working Americans have declined in real terms.