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      eridani
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      https://www.nationofchange.org/2021/07/23/worker-power/

      Most union-busting tactics are illegal, but the punishment is so laughably small that it’s simply the cost of doing business for a multi-billion dollar company like Amazon.

      In addition, 28 states now have so-called “right-to-work” laws on the books, thanks to decades of big business lobbying. These laws ban unions from requiring dues from non-union workers, although non-union workers still benefit from these union contracts. This obviously makes it much harder for workers to unionize.

      Corporations are also misclassifying employees as independent contractors and part-time workers, so workers don’t qualify for unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation, or the minimum wage, and don’t have the right to form a union.

      And corporations are waging political fights to keep employees off the books: Uber, Lyft, and other gig companies shelled out $200 million to get Proposition 22 passed in California, exempting them from a state labor law cracking down on misclassification.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #436834
      snot
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      “The most important [political choice we can make to turn the tide in workers’ favor] is now in front of us: It’s called the Protecting the Right to Organize Act.”  More about the Act at the link.

      Beyond that, I’d also quibble with his reference to “shareholder capitalism” – I think he means “vulture capitalism.”  Corporations have always had a duty to maximize profits to shareholders, but it was in the 80’s that this was used as an excuse for extracting massive short-term profits by means of excessive lay-offs and other cr*ppification measures at the expense of the longer-term health of the company.

      Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

    • #436849
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Look at the Frito-Lay strike in Topeka. A union approved of the suicide shifts in the previous contract. WTF? I speak as a union member. If our next contract is as shitty as the last one, I will exercise my rights under Citizens United and stop paying union dues. Why should I, when they don’t deliver much of anything, and then donate my dues to people like Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden?

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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      • #436859
        closeupready
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        serves as a great illustration of your point – the corrupt union bosses and the ordinary union member whose interests come last for the bosses in today’s America.

        The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

        • #436934
          eridani
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          I still have my CRAM YOUR SPAM button.

          Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

          • #436969
            closeupready
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            Remember that episode when the guy brought in the Abominable Snowmonster of the North from “The Year Without A Santa Claus”? If I recall correctly, he got an estimate of about $1,500. Who knows, you might have a $1,000 button on your hands, lol. Cheers!

            The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

    • #436983
      jbnw
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      as the employer can terminate you without cause at any time.

      And they’re in most contracts when you start a new job. If you don’t agree, they’ll hire someone else.

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