And so it begins: Republican Governor calls for ending all public sector unions (cops, teachers, firefighters)

When collective bargaining was put on the butcher’s block in Wisconsin, Democrats suspected their next move would be eradicating unions altogether. On Fox News Sunday, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels called for the elimination of public sector unions, which confirms that theory.

Huffington Post reports: “Wallace… asked whether Daniels would like to see public-sector unions disappear entirely. ” Daniels replied, “I think government works better without them, I really do. There’s a reason that defenders of labor … always said that unionism had no place in the public sector, that it was necessary freedom, and it is, in the private sector. But that it was a bad idea in government.”

Remarkably, for years we’ve all had to endure attacks on teachers, with the onslaught of propaganda claiming educators are afforded extravagant wealth and luxurious lifestyles — except that’s not true at all.

Let’s review public unions, who are now among the long list of Americans ostracized and demonized by Republicans:

In 2011, 7.6 million employees in the public sector belonged to a union, compared with 7.2 million union workers in the private sector.
The union membership rate for public-sector workers (37.0 percent) was
substantially higher than the rate for private-sector workers (6.9
percent). Within the public sector, local government workers had the
highest union membership rate, 43.2 percent. This group includes
workers in heavily unionized occupations, such as teachers, police
officers, and firefighters. Private-sector industries with high
unionization rates included transportation and utilities (21.1
percent) and construction (14.0 percent), while low unionization rates
occurred in agriculture and related industries (1.4 percent) and in
financial activities (1.6 percent). (See table 3.)

(my bold)

Republicans claimed that eradicating unions altogether was not their goal, but after Walker’s win in Wisconsin, right wing politicians morphed overnight into dogs with a bone. While at an Occupy event here in New York City, a police officer told me during a conversation, “they would never go after police unions.” (In your face hipster cop!)

Present day Republicans have become the most unrelenting, uncompromising, polarizing force in American political history. It’s their way or no way. This is unacceptable. Sure, Republicans voted them in, but now there is a nice faction of the 7.2 million union workers who will rethink their Republican vote.

 

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  • Jbernie480

    What do you expect when people keep voting against there own interests?

  • Jbernie480

    What do you expect when people keep voting against there own interests?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=731921527 Mary Aseltyne

    they don’t care because they live in gated communities with private security, the rest of us can just suffer along without police and fire protection, or schools for our kids

    • http://twitter.com/MilesToCode Miles to Code

      Yawn, more talking points for the stupid.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZDSMMFBW3SZ6JHEDP5WVWHXQEI William

        Two words for you: Grow up.

        If you’d like to have an intelligent conversation that doesn’t denigrate to schoolyard bickering then I’d be happy to engage you and I’m sure Mitch would too.

        Yawn – another line spoon fed by FOX.

        • Rbourgeau

          thats for sure, mitch doesnt engage anyone, he just does what he is told.
          hes a 1 percenter like many on this page like todd. 1 percenter are the evil in this world which must be stopped. the only thing they worship is money, they, like todd and all the 1 percenters could care about this country or the other 99%. they have bought it, hook ,line and sinker.

          • ThePatriot

            haha, are you on Wall St. by any chance?
            That 99%er shit is so tired. They are angry at the wrong people.

      • Rbourgeau

        talk about stupid? how about first recession since 50’s which local and state govs didnt stimulate the economy with new jobs=new revenues=healthy state gov. and i qoute from a recent article by two leading economist, “But the United States has also seen unprecedented austerity at the level of state and local governments, and this austerity has slowed the job recovery.

      • Rbourgeau

        talk about stupid? how about first recession since 50’s which local and state govs didnt stimulate the economy with new jobs=new revenues=healthy state gov. and i qoute from a recent article by two leading economist, “But the United States has also seen unprecedented austerity at the level of state and local governments, and this austerity has slowed the job recovery.

    • http://twitter.com/BarrelOpps DriverSide

      That argument makes no sense at all. Lets all try to use common sense. Public sector work like all work should be performance based. Government action should be the voice of the people not public sector bureaucracy.

  • Northeastgaboy

    Unions are a form of Freedom of Speech….. Don’t take that away……….

    • ThePatriot

      Huh? I’m all for a employees organizing, but if the company would rather fire them all than deal with it they should be able to. I think that it’s crazy to think it constitutional to force a company to bargain with any group “in good faith” if they don’t want to. It’s their company!

      • Andrewtnyc

        It’s their company…but who is doing the drudge work? You actually just made a point for socialism.

        • ThePatriot

          More workers can be found. The company was built up by someone willing to bust their ass and make it happen. I don’t get this idea that the owners are only riding the coat tails of the workers. It’s the other way around.

    • Clhopkins78

      How are unions a form of “Freedom of Speech”? Please share some examples. If they are “Freedom of Speech” then why to unions take money from the workers as so called “member fees”. Member fees my ass, the union boards live on the percentages workers give in member fees for what, to perhaps once or twice in their entire working career need a union member represent if even ever needing one. So if a worker never ends up using their union representative, do they get their memberships fees back?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ronald-Behr/100002004966925 Ronald Behr

    THREE WORDS FOR HIM
    FUCK YOU MITCH

    • http://twitter.com/MilesToCode Miles to Code

      Two words for you: Grow up.

      If you’d like to have an intelligent conversation that doesn’t denigrate to schoolyard bickering then I’d be happy to engage you and I’m sure Mitch would too.

      • GPFandango

        Actually, curse words are appropriate when someone tries to take away hard-fought for rights. People died for the right to organize.

        • Ranger

          you can quit any day you lilke. no one is forcing you to do anything

        • Ranger

          you can quit any day you lilke. no one is forcing you to do anything

        • http://profiles.google.com/ottermann Jason Heiken

          People died for the right to unionize the private sector.
          No one died so government workers could unionize. Unions were desperately needed in the past, but not so much now.
          The only issue I really have are the collective bargaining rights.
          I’m sorry, but public service jobs should be performance based, not decided by what everyone else gets.

          • ThePatriot

            Every position should be performance based. Why would anyone think otherwise? What kind of crap is it that everyone should get the same? This is the trophy for everyone mentality at work. I’ve got news for everyone. We may have all been created equally but we have definitely not all turned out equal.

          • http://sheffieldmediagroup.com/ Peter

            This is true but once we allow them to take away Public unions then they’ll try to take away private unions as well. You have to look at the big corporations that are pushing for this so they can then have the discussion of taking away private union next. Remember the government is fully owned by big corporations and financial institutions so there is no line between the two any more. Republicans have been the advocates of big corporations so when they say something like this there is an agenda behind it.
            Reform should be made in unions but they should never be abolished entirely.

        • http://profiles.google.com/ottermann Jason Heiken

          People died for the right to unionize the private sector.
          No one died so government workers could unionize. Unions were desperately needed in the past, but not so much now.
          The only issue I really have are the collective bargaining rights.
          I’m sorry, but public service jobs should be performance based, not decided by what everyone else gets.

          • Insulator

            Police , teachers and any public works or government sector should not have union rights or union period !!!! As far as the postal service goes half the time my mail doesnt make it to my box and important info im waiting for goes missing for months . They should not be in the union. As for the construction sector I agree totally for union ( I am one and proud to be an union insulator. ) Trades such as us should have unions because of all the crap w have to put up with. Agreed there are some in my trade that are not worth their pay but mose of us put in a good days work for a good days pay.. Hell we as construction workers can not srike but teachers , poastal servics , hospitals etc can NOT the construction side !!! Got to keep construction going so the oil keeps running but fuck the workers rights and their families . I would like to see the public sectors come out in minus 35 and work in the freezing cold for 2 1/2 hours plus hours with only a 15 min warm up break …. so in total in a 10 hour day of work you get a whole 1 hour of warm up time . or vise versa in the basting heat when they have air conditioned offices to keep cool and do not have to wear steel toed bots and fire rated coveralls for 10 hours a day straight. I say screw the public sector and leave the hard working construction trades people alone in their unions . We just need people running it that have backbone not yellow stripes down their backs and those who are not bag lickers . We work hard for what we get paid. We are not over paid by far. We are under paid for what we do out there. I think our government officialls should be paid what the voters say they should be paid and only given a pension for the years worked just like the rest of us. not so many years in there and you get so many hundred thousand a year for pension. Put a trades person in power and you will see a big change noT GREEDY FUCK|ERS THat run our countrys now and fuck us all while the party.

          • perkdog

            I hear you to a certain extent, but we make our own decisions concerning the employment path we take and with that said, every person’s choice and work ethic should be respected and protected whatever it may be as long as it is honest. No one told you to be a construction worker. Politicians just run their mouths and get paid alot for it whether truth or lies and mostly lies for their own greed. Common sense!

        • perkdog

          Yes! Common sense. I agree.

      • perkdog

        I am with Behr. Fuck Mitch too!!!! Such republicans are not conversing, only taking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ronald-Behr/100002004966925 Ronald Behr

    THREE WORDS FOR HIM
    FUCK YOU MITCH

  • 50isthenew50

    Daniels never moved off his talking points. When Wallace offered numbers that oppose Daniels comments, he ignored them. Public sector pensions are the biggest block of “untapped” resources left for Wall Street to go after. Hence the demonizing of public sector union employees.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nareiber Nicky Reebz

      I’d like to wish you were being sarcastic about it being the biggest money pile left for Wall Street to grab, but you’re probably not. And you’re probably right. 8-(

    • Rbourgeau

      it has happened in michigan. the republicans are running their austerity package at local and state levels. obama was right its the public sector stopping the job growth in this country.

  • http://www.serr8d.blogspot.com/ Serr8d

    You are nuts. Police and firefighters and, yes, teachers got along just fine for hundreds of years without public-sector unions. Public sector unions don’t strike against ‘evil’ corporations (as you term them) or against powerful corporate CEOs, but against taxpayers who for the most part pay taxes (might be a strange concept for you; seldom do we see low-level #OWS or Democrats paying taxes; they’ll take tax monies for their votes, but that’s another moocher issue).

    Another reason public-sector unions must go is that they take dues monies from their rank-and-file and give it to Democrats. That’s a pipeline that needs smashing! If public-sector unions were NOT allowed to contribute to EITHER party, then perhaps they could stay. But, NO! you want to take that money for a far-Left Party that’s going farther-left every cycle.

    Sorry, we are NOT all dirty Socialists now. Bust up these public-sector unions!

    • http://freakoutnation.com/ Anomaly

      “Police and firefighters and, yes, teachers got along just fine for hundreds of years without public-sector unions.”

      Care to back that up with a citation please?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QL2Q63WVFXIPQOCJOOXQHQ5PAI Don't Drink It

      teachers got along just fine for hundreds of years… that must be why they were commonly not allowed to get married.

      • http://twitter.com/MilesToCode Miles to Code

        There’s a lot of teachers and administrators that ought to be finding new jobs but they won’t because they’re protected by their union.

        • Str8 Edge

          Care to prove that assertion? Links to Fox News don’t count.

          • Tbird

            you mean Faux News,they have been caught lying so many times I just block them on my cable box.

          • ThePatriot

            And you think the others are any better?

          • ThePatriot

            http://www.teachersunionexposed.com/protecting.cfm

            i found this in only a few seconds. Be careful though, they site some FACTS. Oh NO!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lord-Byng/628747040 Lord Byng

        Yeah- not just pregnancy, either; marriage, too, could get you fired.

        My mom was dismissed as a teacher when she announced she was going to get married. And they asked her to stay on for six months regardless to train her replacement. She said no.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1521879503 Jerome Healy

        My grandmother was the first in her family to attend college. Then she taught school in the proverbial one-room-schoolhouse, which gave her a paycheck. She gave it all up to get married…I got the impression she could kick herself for believing somebody else’s B.S.

        She told me her story and then added about how her replacement started a scandal by becoming PREGNANT! The real scandal started when they found out she was MARRIED.

    • Str8 Edge

      Moochers? You mean like states that receive more tax money than they contribute? Check it out, you might be surprised.

      And you’re mistaken, my friend, we’re all socialists. All of us. Maybe not dirty ones, but that’s another topic. There’s some things private enterprise just can’t do as well as the government. That’s why we have a mixed economy, with a public (socialist) and private (individualist and corporatist) sector. Checks and balances, that’s the American way.

      Real Americans prefer public roads over toll roads. The free market wouldn’t be going to space today without NASA and other collectivist enterprises to do the unprofitable basic research to get the ball rolling. And Social Security, for all it’s aggravations, keeps plenty of our countrymen from starving in old age. I could go on.

      Individualism and free enterprise are two of our greatest strengths, but they need to be checked and balanced by government regulations to keep from degenerating into anarchy and fascism.

      Read up on the Wild West. Much freer, but a dangerous place to raise a family. Or check out why Teddy Roosevelt broke up Standard Oil. Think Ma Bell would have given us cell phones? Ever driven to a national park on a public highway, after a 40 hour work week, and paid for the gas with federal dollars? Then you’re a socialist too, if you dare to think it through.

      You may have a point about public sector unions, but don’t forget why unions were formed in the first place — to fight against cruel exploitation of employees. Maybe they were too successful and need some push-back.

      Make that case if you can, you might persuade me. Maybe you’d even listen to my argument for elections financed only by tax money.

      Checks and balances, that’s the American way. Socialism and Capitalism, with public and private sectors of the economy taming each others excesses. That’s why we’ve become a wealthy and powerful nation.

      • ThePatriot

        I’m pretty radical compared to most when it comes to the role of the government but I don’t think even the libertarians have a problem with public utilities like roads, electricity, or Police… etc. My opinion is that the .Gov should create the infrastructure for an economy to exist and then keep their fingers out of business. Even monopolies don’t last forever and may actually be an incentive for companies to strive for.

      • engineb

        Str8 Edge — Amen! nicely said, agree 100%

    • Tbird

      if were not for the unions we would all be working 80+ hours a week, and be lucky to get $2.00 a day. check your history. as far as the Dems and the Repubs being left and right, the dems might be to left like the west coast verses the east coast but the Repubs are so far right there on the other side of the planet.

      • Frarfats

        Some might say from a different planet!

      • Frarfats

        Some might say from a different planet!

      • ThePatriot

        Wild claim with no basis in reality. Great.

      • BrooklynBoy

        I was a Teamster for five years, now I work in an office making twice as much. Bargaining for myself. Without the help of a gang.

        • ThePatriot

          Nice job! Some people would claim that what you did was impossible, glad you proved them wrong. America is still the best place in the world to make your own success. It’s really too bad that there are so many people trying to change that.

      • BrooklynBoy

        I was a Teamster for five years, now I work in an office making twice as much. Bargaining for myself. Without the help of a gang.

  • Spectre_rx

    Unions for public sector is bad. There is no incentive to keep costs down.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nix4congress Nicholas Nix

      Spoken like someone who has never worked in the Public Sector… In Texas the average salary for a firefighter is 35,000 a Teacher 38,000 and a Police Officer 42,000, municipal water is almost sold at cost, so is municipal electric (when offered) this comes from a state with an environment that is all about not spending more than needed… If anything there is a major incentive in municipalities to cut cost on everything including salary… An area where there is little to no incentive to cut cost is the private sector for executive pay…

    • Edekit

      Really? How do public sector employees know the limits of their responsibilities, wages, benefits, hours of work, and all the other things that go into doing a job? You say that Unions take away incentive. That is an outright lie. Unions create incentive by protecting workers, negotiating contracts for pay and benefits, working conditions and compensation for overtime hours. Without a union the employee is subject to the whim of the employer, private or public. Being at the whim of the employer is a major incentive to do as little as possible to satisfy the labor agreement with the employer. One bargaining chip of union employees is the offer to do their best to do the best work they can for the employer who agrees to pay them fair wages and benefits.

      Your premise is false because the incentive for working is fair and adequate pay and benefits.

  • ThePatriot

    Unions should be ruled unconstitutional! They are just another form of big business that is killing American jobs. Why would any American company want to deal with their bullshit when they can simply take jobs overseas, use your critical thinking people. Unions would rather suck every buck they can from a company until it goes out of business and then move on. They have no concept or care for the long term of their jobs.

    • Rrsort1

      Patriot, that argument just doesn’t make sense, in fact multiple points within your post are not logical. Before we start, I am not a union supporter at all. I have never belonged to one, nor will I ever, but groups of workers within particular businesses in America can decide for themselves if they want to belong or participate. Our ability to choose and make our own decisions is quite democratic and American.
      It is always in the workers best interest to keep their job, keep it long term. Further, it is always in a workers best interest to make sure their employer, industry, and even geographical area they live in remains profitable and a viable business or business environment. Economic cycles are just that, and whether or not employees are unionized is of relatively small consequence in the big picture. Loads of non-union businesses move overseas, and those have nothing to do with unions. Yes, I would like people to use their critical thinking after they have considered viable data and logical arguments.

      • ThePatriot

        People have every right to organize, the part that is unconstitutional is how protected they are and favored against the company they work for. What to you seems constitutional about forcing a private company to negotiate with a union if they don’t want to? Why should the Fed Gov give additional rights to labor unions at the expense of the people who own the business and don’t tell me that their rights don’t matter, that’s not how the constitution works.

        • Edekit

          The Constitution, if you care to read it gives all of us the right to negotiate contracts covering Legal activities. Having a job in the legal sector of the economy is legal. Negotiation of contracts concerning pay, benefits, hours, extra hours, duties and responsibilities is part and parcel of every relationship between employer and employee. The contract may be oral, implied, inferred, or written, but the contract itself exists. Unless you are one of those people who work alone and for yourself you are party to a labor contract. If you work alone and for yourself, say painting pictures on canvass or mowing the neighbors lawns you have contracts with the people who use your services. You may not realize that the price tag on an apple is a proffered contract that is accepted when the price is paid and title to the apple shifts from the seller to the buyer.
          Contracts are what make civil life possible.
          Unions have a CONSTITUTIONAL right to exist and make binding contracts. This right is NOT denied to public sector workers who ratify a contract with the employer by working for the employer. The right to collectively negotiate those contracts is guaranteed. The right to unilateral provisions of a labor agreement is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, Especially when the unilateral contract is made by a government entity.
          Workers accept the labor contract of a company or government when they go to work. The have an absolute right to reject that contract, and an absolute right to negotiate a more satisfactory labor agreement.

          • ThePatriot

            I do not question the constitutionality of negotiating contracts at all. But a contract would imply mutual consent by both parties. What would you call it when an employer doesn’t wan’t a Union in THEIR business but is forced to “negotiate in good faith” with one per Federal law simply because the employees voted to enact one. The employer loses their freedom and is forced to deal with the union. How is that constitutional?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lord-Byng/628747040 Lord Byng

      I had occasion to run a company that had a union shop, years ago. After stupidly opposing “union obstructionism” for a year or so, I came to realize I was an idiot. First of all, the union (the big union guys taught me) did not protect bad employees. All the union did was require a certain process. In return, I got a way to set wages and benefits for all the employees at once, instead of one at a time- a massive savings in time and effort.

      Running a company with a union taught me that unions have great value in our system. I’ve since run non-union as well, and I’d take the union any day.

      • ThePatriot

        Awesome! I’m glad you had a good experience but I know of a few examples where they haven’t gone so great. If you like unions and want one at YOUR business then that is your right. If you don’t like unions and don’t want one at YOUR business then it should be your right to not have one either. From what I’ve seen they squash productivity and any incentive to work harder than anyone else.

    • Andrewtnyc

      So Mr. Patriot…how does one in this country get a living wage that is fair? The options seem to be pay American citizens the wages of sweat shops in Asia or move to Asia to use sweat shop labor.

      • ThePatriot

        You attain skills that employers are looking for and negotiate your wage. Imagine that! If you don’t think you earn what you should find a different job. There a plenty of people in this country that do it without Uncle Sams help.

      • ThePatriot

        You attain skills that employers are looking for and negotiate your wage. Imagine that! If you don’t think you earn what you should find a different job. There a plenty of people in this country that do it without Uncle Sams help.

      • BrooklynBoy

        Most people who take their careers seriously do better that most union workers. ThePatriot is right, and manages to make points without being argumentative.

    • Friarfats

      A union shop is that by choice. They like having a pool of skilled labor that they can count on to complete the job on time, within budget. The owners of organized shops are free to go out of buisiness and reopen as an open shop, and yet they chose not to.

      • ThePatriot

        No… their. Maybe the workers choice but not the owners. A company cannot simply close shop and then re-open. They would still be required to honor the union “agreement”. They would likely have to move to another state more friendly to Capitalism which wastes a lot of money and time. That which many companies do not have enough of.

      • ThePatriot

        No… Maybe the workers choice but not the owners. A company cannot simply close shop and then re-open. They would still be required to honor the union “agreement”. They would likely have to move to another state more friendly to Capitalism which wastes a lot of money and time. That which many companies do not have enough of.

  • http://twitter.com/MilesToCode Miles to Code

    Unions, when they were first formed, were a valuable asset but they’ve morphed in to something way out of control.

    • primat

      Agreed. Just like governments.

      • Fuse

        Agreed. Just like our dominant political parties

  • http://www.facebook.com/nix4congress Nicholas Nix

    To all the Police Officers that felt their Union would not be next…. Just remember “Freedom is merely privilege extended, Unless enjoyed by one and all.” The internationale – Billy Bragg

  • Jane Doe

    Take this republican governors job away as a union and give him a private right to work attitude and pay! Take away his free public welfare of healthcare too.

  • GPFandango

    They always cite ” Freedom” when they want to take away someone’s rights.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gavin-Wigg/1065902495 Gavin Wigg

    Public unions are undemocratic. This was a great move for the people of Wisconsin. I have very little problem with private unions because their money isn’t being taken from the hands of the public.

    • Jhuckstep

      I wonder how you guys would feel if the firemen or policemen or teachers decided they didnt feel like “risking their life for yours” or “teaching your kid” at the time of need. I have news for you folks…. That same union that is soooo awful, is also working for you, and further more, I don’t think they are paid enough!

    • Jhuckstep

      I wonder how you guys would feel if the firemen or policemen or teachers decided they didnt feel like “risking their life for yours” or “teaching your kid” at the time of need. I have news for you folks…. That same union that is soooo awful, is also working for you, and further more, I don’t think they are paid enough!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Dirk-Boaz/1465399288 Kevin Dirk Boaz

    boo hoo all you demoncrats living off of us private sector people. Really why do you need unions in the public sector? We’re your boss face it and we are not brutal masters, unions had their place back in 1930 in the PRIVATE sector but now there’s laws to protect workers. Here’s a news flash the private sector is NOT doing fine and it’s the private sector who drives the economy not some government worker that lives off of us. His so called jobs plan to hire even more of you will just make things worse, Greece and Spain ring bells? there they spent themselves into bankruptcy in this same manner with govt. workers and their comfy reitrement packages that CAN NOT be afforded plus hiring more does nothing for the economy in a good way. The author of this has no clue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kris-Haynes/100000515211878 Kris Haynes

    Some Union members may rethink their vote, but there is a not insignificant sector of them that resent being forced to go union. I have never belonged to a union to know why that might be, but I have heard plumbers and carpenters complained about union laws. regs and restrictions, not to mention fees and meetings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kris-Haynes/100000515211878 Kris Haynes

    Hiring government employees pulled the last three (R) presidents out of a recession. Government workers has fallen under Obama. All of a sudden, hiring public workers is a bad idea when we are in a recession. This is a clear (R) lie to continue to discredit Obama, no matter the cost to America’s people. I have no doubt that the TP want to give ALL government jobs to the private sector, send us into austerity and make us a third world country but when Romney takes office, he has already said he would not cut the government employment because it would be disastrous. I believe his words were, “Of course I wouldn’t do that”.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/53AJWGF37X6FUNXKBH3ZJAJ7VU Qnwdqifcjvarzm

    What do you expect when people keep voting against there own interests?

  • Seanseamour

    Come November America will plot a course for the future, either in the path of civilized nations in which managed capitalism thrives or the path of devolution where robber barons thrive in quest of oligarchic powers, back to the times when masses were good cannon fodder for monarchic territorial gain and games.

  • br56

    i read patriots remarks and figure he doesn’t get it. The only rights unions have is that every 3 or 4 years they have the right to sit down and renegotiate their contracts with their employers, which is a good thing for both parties, just as you probably negotiated a verbal contract with whoever you work for when you were hired. You are covered by just as many laws as anyone else its just that their is more strenght to bargain a good deal when you are in a union, and the reason that these laws cover you as well are because of unions.

  • https://openid.org/robin951 Robin

    I think anyone dealing with current issues like this is also looking for ways to handle their future, finances, and even retirement in successful ways. One interesting story I found today that talked about this issue is an intriguing write-up about a wealthy boss that decided to do something different with his career. He left Newmont Mining, a $6.5B company, to join a tiny mining company. Very inspiring story that dovetails many of the themes here, I figured you might like it:
    http://www.trefis.com/stock/fnv/articles/125627/why-a-billion-dollar-executive-is-risking-his-career-on-an-abandoned-mine-in-nevada/2012-06-11

  • http://sheffieldmediagroup.com/ Peter

    Now I’d be the first to admit that I think unions are abusive and do harbor a non-progressive/entitlement attitude in many ways but to abolish all unions! Are they kidding me or what! The Republicans are calling for all Unions to be abolished because big corporations (who own all Republicans) want to relinquish all power from the people in order to have total dominance as it was 100 years ago. No rights for the common man means more wealth to the wealthy few. If we as a nation ever allow this to happen again we the people should and shall stop working! Period! And see let’s see how those few wealthy control freaks feel when no one picks up their garbage, puts out their fires, let’s criminals take all of their belongings and no one oversees their cable/dish service. They truly believe they run the world but they still don’t see that they need us more than we ever need them because we have the skills and we make the goods. Money is a made up commodity but skills and goods can be traded, and we the people can make money worthless if we chose to!

  • Spiele4kinder

    It’s a dirty poloitic, the interest is only corruption and to their benefit foloseascadelegi legal to steal

  • Yo_lucy92
  • Sujan Suninfo

    Million of people uses computer a day. In those of people, few are knows how to keep their computers smooth, fast and reliable. http://infotechspace.com/

  • Ewd3

    This is how the Nazis started.

  • GPFandango

    They always cite ” Freedom” when they want to take away someone’s rights.

  • ThePatriot

    I don’t recall reading anything about the right to force a private entity to your will in the constitution.