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Mon Oct 12, 2015, 02:36 PM

"There is power in a union: Hereís how we beat inequality & rebalance our economy"

"Supporting strong unions isn't just smart policy -- it's also smart politics. 2016 candidates, take note.

On Wednesday, a fast-food worker named Terrence Wise introduced President Obama at the White House Summit on Worker Voice. Terrence spoke about his familyís struggle to scrape by on bottom-of-the-barrel wages despite working hard at multiple jobs. The Summit itself was also a reunion for he and his mother, also a fast-food worker. Because they donít make a living wage, neither Terrence nor his mother had been able to afford to travel across multiple states to see each other in ten years, a point not lost on the President. Terrenceís story was no doubt all too familiar for the millions of Americans watching the promise of the middle class fade away in the face of growing income inequality.

But they havenít lost hope. Workers like Terrence are on the frontlines of our nationís fight to address income inequality and rebuild the middle class. From fast-food workers and pharmacists to reporters and adjunct professors, these workers envision a future where they will be able to support their families without relying on public assistance just to cover the basics. And if you ask them how we can achieve that vision, their answer is clear: unions."

http://www.salon.com/2015/10/12/there_is_power_in_a_union_heres_how_we_beat_inequality_rebalance_our_economy/

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As union membership has declined, so has the economic security of working families. It's that simple. It's why the 1% has spent the last 50 years doing everything possible to destroy unions.

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Mon Oct 12, 2015, 02:49 PM

1. One has to stand back in total AWE at the brainwashing done to America on unions.

One after another American, each of them who would benefit tremendously from union jobs, will deny their value, actually tell you why they are bad.

They have been told that unions are out of date because their primary goal is the employee, not the product.

Well DUH, yeah.



You see the product is gonna get made, no matter what, the difference will be the profit margin for the rich vs what an employee is paid.

And without a union, you are guaranteed to be paid the lowest the market will justify.

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Response to randys1 (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 12, 2015, 02:54 PM

2. Unions were (imo) a victim of their own success.

Eventually a generation grew up that had no memory of how ruthless and amoral corporations are, and how little they care about treating workers with fairness or dignity.

But we're going to re-learn.


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Response to phantom power (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 12, 2015, 05:32 PM

3. spot on

Plus, the corporations became more adept at union busting, taking a long 30 year generational approach to build new factories first in right to work states and then overseas, and establishing "two-tier" wage structures that induced older union members to let newer workers get less benefits. It was classic divide and conquer.

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Response to uawchild (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 12, 2015, 05:36 PM

4. Good point, the rise of international capital mobility was another nail in the coffin.

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