Unions mark MLK's death with national protests

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  • Kimball Bakersfield, CA
    April 5, 2011 11:26 a.m.

    Let's see unions do something productive rather than shutting down and costing more time and money. Change your reputation and you can help workers and the economy.

  • Gentile brookings, SD
    April 5, 2011 6:14 a.m.

    OH my, same old lines. MLK Jr. was for the unions. He was for the working stiff, you know. He understood that the unions gave all men and women, of any race, an identity. Today he would be in Madison and other places, working to protect the common man. The common man can and some do join a union. The argument is whether or not you and I have the right, the God given right, to sell our labor collectively, or not. Do we have the right to organize? Are we slaves to big corporations or big money or big government, or do we have the God given right to collectively sell our labor? Can we come together to improve our lot in life? I think so.

    True, in the Bible, unions are not mentioned. But slavery of individuals certainly is. And the dignity of man? Certainly! Unions are good. Corporations are good. They network, collectively work things out. All the unions are asking is to have the God given right to sell our labor our way.

    Not complicated really.

    PS -- taking FDR out of context is contemptible. Use all of his action and works, please.

  • Tha Navigator Taylorsville, Utah
    April 5, 2011 1:01 a.m.

    When MLK was supporting the black sanitation munincipal workers in Memphis, it had to do with skin color, not collective bargaining rights of government workers, directly. The civil rights movement still had a way to go, since he, tragically, was assassinated that same day.

    When Gov. Walker had to make some choices to keep his state from going bankcrupt, he chose to cut collective bargaining rights of state employees, rather than cutting 1500 jobs. If the unions who have been and are protesting across the nation in support of the unions in WI had some collective intelligence, they should be thankful to Walker. Even with some benefits cut, the state employees still have much nicer benefits that most everyone else in the state. They have nothing to complain of.

    The same reasoning goes to the union protest in SLC on 4/2. This has been an orchestrated effort of government employee unions across the country to protest against their fellow tax-payers.

    FDR said, "the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service."

    And he was not a conservative. He's was quite the progressive, but he still knew it wasn't right.