Every once in a while a dumb Conservative will fall off the wagon and start blabbering about how bad unions are… Since Conservatives are today’s equivalent of yesteryear’s Communists, and since the more they talk (as did those communists), the more the real truth emerges about their horrid ideal for America, it is my sincere wish that they keep it up.
However, just to make sure that not all conversation is one way, I wanted to give everyone a pat on the back who is Union, and thank them, by reminding them just of the powerful role they play… When facts are on the table, the only way one can really be against unions in general, is if one shoots themselves up with heroin and looses all contact with reality … Today, you really got to be “on something” if you are anti-union…. For all realistic facts point in the opposite direction…
First, let us dispel the mentality that unions force people to be in them…. Once past that rhetorical device, one realizes there are no “forced unions” and therefore there can be no “worker’s choice” involving union ownership.. Or put in layman’s terms, both forming, and disbanding a union operation, ARE the worker’s choice… As everyone knows, (my goodness, I hope everyone at least knows) it takes a majority of workers to form a union. Likewise as everyone knows, it takes a majority of workers to opt out of a union, should they find that union membership really doesn’t “do it” for them.
Workers have plenty of choices. They can choose to make their shop a union. They can choose to undo their shop as a union. They can individually choose to work there under existing union shop arrangements. They can individually choose not to work there under existing union shop arrangements.
The argument that workers cannot choose is bogus. It is based solely on the principle that a union has to cater to the whim of every prospective employee. In today’s corporate world, would we expect Bank of America to have to cater to the whim of every single employee? I wish.. huh? So the entire argument behind “right to work” laws are about the employer’s rights and the hirer’s rights… as in their right to be able to hire someone willing to work on the cheap, instead of what was called for in the contract he signed with the union….
Worker’s rights have never changed… if they don’t like it, they have always had the right to quit. They are not being forced to do anything. They have worker’s choice… The union laws don’t make unions compulsory; they merely prevent free-riding, whereby workers could get the benefits of a union contract without paying for it. .. Would a corporation like Bank of America keep free riders on their payroll who were getting paid and doing nothing? I wish, huh?..
Most employers do prefer the consistency of having contracts over that of having strikes which are very expensive and are not penciled into the long term plan. Even employers are supportive of having closed shops, because only that provides the consistency they need and makes planning more accurate.
However, in attempting to close down unions in America, conservatives have stirred the ire of the American people…. “No matter their warts, unions ultimately reflect their members: typical Canadians just trying to earn a decent income, support their families, and (hopefully) retire with some security, in an economy which rewards the rich and powerful more than ever before..”
Unions represent America. After all, none of us really identify with the CEO making $1,000,000 an hour. If he doubles his salary, it does nothing for us… if he doubles his salary and we are the ones paying for it in lower wages, that does affect us. Unions are the only defense America people have.
Wage gains have been small, strikes are historically rare, and even much-maligned public sector contracts have been rolled back substantially. In such a lopsided context, it’s simply impossible to convince most voters that unions are really Public Enemy Number One..
All those of us making less than $1,000,000 annually, innately understand that if the only institutional voice speaking for working class priorities is silenced, then the whole social contract will become even more tattered in the years ahead. Unions, to their credit, effectively emphasized their broader social impacts in their responses to ridiculous conservative fabrications of reality.
Every attempt to destroy unions, whether in the public or private sector, is now viewed a simply the rich, trying to take what does not belong to them, to make themselves even richer at our expense…. America can see. It sees conservatives as mean spirited harbingers of middle class poverty. We are on it’s doorstep now.
America can see. it can see our fathers hard negotiated benefits they thought would one day help their children, get pulled back, and back, and back. Health benefits, pensions, insurance, all those things their fathers chose to take in lieu of more salary, are now clutched back into the hands of those who at one point in our father’s past, had to grudgingly fork them over… .
America can see. Conservatives are mean spirited, hateful, selfish, brutal, and self-serving. America can see.
Their anti Union views have pissed off moderate conservatives, who do see the benefits of being able to stand up to ones boss when he is wrong. They blatantly offend labor unions and their families, by equating their representation with that of organized crime when the actual real criminal is the CEO running the economy into the ground. …
I hope Conservatives speak up all the louder. For every time they open their mouth, America again realizes that Conservatives do not speak for the 99% of us… They may sometimes fool us with a quick turn of phrase. But we’ve lived with them long enough, to know, that what they propose, and who they are, and what damage they will do to both the middle class and America… was not accurately reflected upon their original application to us for employment.
It’s past time to fire Conservatives, for lying on their application…