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  1. katry Says:

    Andre Gide quote

  2. Bob Says:

    I’m glad to see that young people are beginning to organize and form labor unions to bargain collectively. Starbucks and Apple retail, and hopefully other younger, workers are realizing that they actually have power to change the system.

    • katry Says:

      I think for a while unions had a bad name then workers started to realize again how beneficial unions are for them. The way to win was definitely solidarity. It dies change the system.

  3. lilydark Says:

    Yes, more young people are beginning to organize, which is remarkable.
    My pet peeve is those who take advantage of what the unions have brought to them, but are against them.

    I always think of the Triangle Shirt Factory. Here is a video by Cris Chandler, who was very close to Anne Feeney.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygVRAOdrgVM

    • katry Says:

      The teachers contract where I worked had an article that said the amount of union dues would be levied again any who did not join. That way they could not take advantage of the results of the negotiations.

      Thanks, that is quite the video!

      • Bob Says:

        Unfortunately, Texas as well as most of the southern and western states are what are called, “Right to work” states. That means that a non union member can’t be required to contribute union dues. Which of course weakens the union. Obviously, workers who aren’t members can benefit from the collective bargaining agreement and not have to pay their fair share of the dues. Boeing built their newest plant in a right to work state, South Carolina. Obviously, the non union workforce reduces the cost to build a new 787. Interestingly, airlines have refused to accept 787 aircraft built in South Carolina because of poor workmanship. You can’t hire a bunch of non skilled workers and in 90 days expect them to produce the same quality airframe as union workers in the Seattle area have been doing there for a hundred years.

      • katry Says:

        I am so glad I live in Massachusetts. This commonwealth seems to do everything right. The non-union workers should be forced to pay as they too benefit from the union, and that they didn’t have to by law would have driven us crazy.


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