The Union Situation

What should be done about unions?

What have unions ever done for us?

  • Maternity leave
  • Sick leave
  • Weekends off
  • Overtime pay
  • Child Labor laws
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Workplace safety laws
  • Military leave
  • Paid holidays
The list goes on. If you want to read a longer list, not just the highlights, it’s been compiled by same people who brought that MoveOn video to our attention, the New Hampshire Labor News, for their recent article: “What Have American Unions Ever Done For Us?

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IUOE Local 49 was formed in 1927. Today we are more than 13,000 men and women in Minnesota, North and South Dakota with contracts for highway/heavy and building contractors, well drillers, equipment repair shops, welding shops, sand and gravel suppliers, counties, municipalities, hospitals, school districts, cemeteries, and more.

Posted on February 15, 2012, in benefits, Jobs, union and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Minnesota Nurses and commented:
    Found this video really funny (and true!) about all the amazing benefits Labor Unions have brought to the American workforce. Easy to forget all that Unions have done.

  2. Reblogged this on political FAQ and commented:
    Knowing that unions built the middle class, which is most of the consumers in America, why would any reasonable business owner try to get rid of them? It’s like cutting off your nose to spite your mirror.

    Visionary, successful leaders in politics and business realize it’s only going to work when everybody has a fair slice of the pie, not when greed creates an underpaid class of have-nots.

  3. “Draw one line on a graph charting the decline in union membership, then superimpose a second line charting the decline in middle-class income share,” writes Timothy Noah, “and you will find that the two lines are nearly identical…”

    …Noah notes that a JPMorgan economist calculated that the majority of increased corporate profits between 2000 and 2007 were the result of “reductions in wages and benefits.” That makes sense, too. At the same time labor has been in decline, the power of shareholders has been on the rise.

    “Say what you want about the abuses that labor committed,” says Noah. “They were adversarial. They weren’t concerned enough about the general prosperity. Some of them were mobbed up. But they were necessary institutions.”

    Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/opinion/nocera-turning-our-backs-on-unions.html?ref=twitter_@Tom49er

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