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Law gives Michigan unions new task

December 13, 2012

LANSING (AP) — Now that Michigan has become a right-to-work state, unions in this stronghold of organized labor confront a new and urgent problem: convincing members to continue paying for their......

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Whizzywhig

Dec-31-12 8:52 PM

I AM NOT,

NOR HAVE I EVER BEEN,

A UNION MEMBER.

But, like so many of you and my neighbors,

I have lived in the “shadows” or under the umbrella of the effects that union’s and organized labor have won over the years,

that have “trickled-down” to the rest of most all of America’s wage earning work force,

that are rapidly being eroded through the aegis of the American Legislative Exchange Council,

wholeheartedly embraced by

republican party leadership and membership minions.

Most of you and your children will never live to see the living standard that was in exisistence between 1970 and roughly 1999.

Perhaps, history and historians may remark that this was, or may have been the "middle-classes" finest moment...

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Whizzywhig

Dec-31-12 8:48 PM

Did you enjoy your 40 hour work week,

Did you enjoy your two day week end...

and time off for holidays,

and time off for vacation,

and time off for sickness,

and time off for maternity leave?

Did you take time to kneel down and

think enough to thank your EMPLOYER,

every time you use one of

these “benefits” he ‘WILLINGLY’ or

rather ‘GRUDGINGLY’ gave to his workers?

No?

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Whizzywhig

Dec-31-12 8:46 PM

It was the average wage earning working man that fought tooth and nail,

people just like the majority of all of the citizens of the Upper Peninsula,

miners,

laborers,

day workers,

night workers,

wage earners all,

darn near everyone one of us owe these benefits

to, OUR RELATIVES

who fought businesses both big and small,

that didn’t care

one iota,

not one centavo,

not one red nickel

about its workers,

the very people that made money for

the business owner,

the corporate ownership,

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Whizzywhig

Dec-31-12 8:39 PM

until YOUR RELATIVES,

stood their ground and fought for the right to have their work and their worth as a human being,

recognized by business,

by the company

and by the corporation,

and by investor’s,

recognized and receive that recognition not only in a mere worthless “thank you“,

but in a more tangible nature,

in the form with benefits that befit such a valuable human business resource, deserving a living, thinking, human being to live feed, house, care for and educate his family.

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Whizzywhig

Dec-31-12 8:32 PM

Before you negate, denigrate or despise a union worker,

take a little time to investigate their history,

investigate why TODAY, you may need

TWO (2),

THREE (3),

or more jobs

to make ends meet.

Now, republicans and the American Legislative Exchange Council would have us turn back the clock and turn back history and turn labor back 50, 75, 100 years.

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Whizzywhig

Dec-31-12 8:30 PM

Has anyone recently heard the

“REST OF THE STORY”

about Twinkies/Hostess?

Two federal court judges didn’t want the Twinkies/Hostess company to file for the form of bankruptcy they chose,

because, the bankruptcy plan allowed top management to

TAKE ALL OF THE COMPANY ASSETS,

and sail into the sunset with GOLDEN PARACHUTES,

while the workers got nothing.

If the company had stayed up and running and under another form of bankruptcy protection/reorganization,

the other terms would have forced top management to take pay cuts, just like the workers,

but top management would have none of that,

so they forced the company to close,

and rode off into the sunset with what remained of company assets neatly stashed away in their bank accounts.

Who is getting the blame?

The largely rich owned media, didn't report the "rest of the story".

END OF STORY.

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