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On Labor Day, Unions Have Nothing to Celebrate

makrov Wrote: Sep 04, 2012 1:42 AM
My non union company also gave me the day off with pay and paid my insurance, 5 weeks vacation and pension. They are 100% funded and the 2nd largest employer in our area with GOOD wages and NO dues. My daughter is in a union job makes a poor wage and pays dues. I have to help her out every once in a while. Unions are not needed anymore.
Jerome49 Wrote: Sep 04, 2012 11:14 AM
I worked in the private sector and was a non-union employee for forty-five years. When the situation called for it I would work evenings and weekends to make sure deadlines were met. I didn't ask for or expect overtime payments. There were years that I didn't get a raise and others where I got promotions and good raises. My employers provided good pay, good benefits and a pension plan. My job security came from keeping up with industry trends, mastering new technologies, talking on additional responsibilities, helping co-workers and being reliable -- not from paying union dues.

For labor unions around the country, this Labor Day serves as a painful reminder that when they decided to go all-in for Obama in 2008, they alienated the rest of us non-government, non-union members- the 99 Percent- who have to go out and earn our keep every day. And that alienation is being expressed in political defeats by unions around the country. 

I’m wondering if the unions are starting to regret their investment in Obama.

Unions dumped $450 million into the Obama effort in 2008, according to the New York Times, hoping that they’d buy political clout with Obama that...

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