NYT: Unions Are in “Free Fall”

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    Jul 22, 2012 12:41 AM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/business/economy/unions-past-may-hold-key-to-their-future.html?pagewanted=all

    Organized labor is in free fall. The number of workers who belong to a union has plummeted about 20 percent over the last decade. Only 8 percent of all workers are unionized. And leading labor activists are wringing their hands over the seemingly inevitable death of a movement unable to cope with technological change.


    Their one bright spot - public sector unions where 37% of all workers are unionized is now under attack because of the unsustainable benefits they negotiated with complicit politicians...
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    Jul 22, 2012 5:06 AM GMT
    You're such a douche bag.
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    Jul 22, 2012 5:14 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidYou're such a douche bag.


    To quote another, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
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    Jul 22, 2012 2:08 PM GMT
    that is unfortunate. Folks forget that before the unions, there was no substantial American middle class. Liveable wages, decent working condition, overtime pay, child labor laws, fire safey in the workplace were all due to the unions. In the Triangle Fire, they were not union and see what happened to them.

    Anyone visiting Colorado should visit the Ludlow Massacre site, where business literally murdered men but mostly women and children of the men trying to unionize and create decent working conditions in the mines of Colorado.
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    Jul 22, 2012 8:06 PM GMT
    The unions will be back, as soon as the poor people finish dragging all the union members down to their income level, and they realize that there's no middle class left.
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    Jul 22, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidThe unions will be back, as soon as the poor people finish dragging all the union members down to their income level, and they realize that there's no middle class left.

    ...and when the pain gets too great.

    We are dismantling the worker's benefits and rights obtained 100 years ago. When people realize they are being screwed, either unions will be back or riots etc will ensue.
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    Jul 22, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    Caslon20000 said
    Webster666 saidThe unions will be back, as soon as the poor people finish dragging all the union members down to their income level, and they realize that there's no middle class left.

    ...and when the pain gets too great.

    We are dismantling the worker's benefits and rights obtained 100 years ago. When people realize they are being screwed, either unions will be back or riots etc will ensue.


    Or they won't because they are now anachronisms yearning for an age that has past. Technology, and the nature of work has changed the world into one where workers no longer need unions to play the role of intermediaries. The only reason that they have survived for so long in government is because they were able to buy off complicit politicians. Fiscal realities have changed that and Wisconsin was just one of the first steps.