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Freedom From Union Compulsion

Illbay Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 1:17 PM
Unions have in the past served a useful purpose...not just in "protecting" wage-earners, but in providing training and vocational standardization. The problem, of course, is they've been allowed to become way, way too involved in the political process under cover of "workers' rights." Now, there's nothing wrong with being involved in the political process - those who complain about that apparently have never read the bill of rights - but they are IMMUNE from censure or limitations that regular businesses must adhere to. Not least of which, is the Democrat party's insistence on turning a blind eye and deaf ear to union-inspired VIOLENCE. There was a time - really a rather brief one - where "big business" hired truncheon-wielding thugs...
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 1:42 PM
WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Unions NEVER served a "useful purpose" and, in fact, it was EMPLOYERS who provided training, improved compensation and improved working conditions - NOT unions. Litearlly, the ONLY thing uions have provided to their members EVER has been slightly higher than market wages (and those at the expense of other non-union workers) while cretaing incentives for employers to outsource or automate, thus reducing union jobs.

Please don't perpetuate the debunked union myths.
Roy323 Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 4:50 PM
Fletch-I totally agree with your sentiments! As I stated above, the fed Union I worked for,( an open shop but I voluntarily paid HIGH dues) was a total waste. I paid dues, mostly as an "offering" if u will, but refused to pay a dime into PAC donations and that position caused SOME BIG PROBLEMS--i totally rebelled at the Union's posting my name, and other dissidents refusing to contribute PAC $, but WE won that one! My experience with Unions has not been stellar!
Illbay Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 1:20 PM
...to make sure their best interests weren't threatened by unionism.

But it has been DECADES AND DECADES since that was allowed, and in the meantime the unions have used all that time to become rather adept themselves at jack-booted thuggery.

Difference is, whereas there was the "yellow press" to help expose and curb big-business abuses in the latter 19th Century, "big union" is allowed and even encouraged to be even more brutal - and not only towards businesses but even their own MEMBERSHIP.

This cannot stand and it's time to put an end to it, just as the "trust-busters" put an end to corporations' private armies 120 years ago.

To everything there is a season, the Good Book says, and in Michigan workplaces the season of freedom is arriving at last.

Republican legislators voted Tuesday to make Michigan the 24th state in the nation to protect an essential civil liberty: the right to work for a living without being required to join or pay money to a labor union. Governor Rick Snyder signed the new laws – one dealing with private-sector employees, one covering government employment – a few hours later, hailing them as "pro-worker and pro-Michigan."

Big Labor and its allies, of course, are furiously denouncing this as...