The "Card Check" would make it possible to form a union by collecting cards from a majority of workers, rather than through a secret-ballot election. Business groups say this would expose workers to union intimidation, while unions contend that the current system leads to unfair pressure from employers before elections.
Do you think this nation needs more unions?
Do you think Unions and Democratic Leaders have an Alliance and agenda beyond the Greater Good of this Country?
The SEIU, one of the most aggressive -- and progressive -- labor unions in the country reportedly spent $80 million during the election to help Obama get the word out.
Do you think Obama owes them a "Thank You"?
Answer by gemgem at 11:43 AM on Jan. 13, 2009
Answer by akinbottom2 at 11:48 AM on Jan. 13, 2009
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:50 AM on Jan. 13, 2009
Unions served a purpose but it is becoming a smaller and smaller one in today's world.
I have lived under the threat of a strike for a year and half now - and my hubby is not in a union. Last Christmas, we kept things very small because of the writer's strike. When our daughter's birthday came around in the summer, we kept things very small because the Screen Actors Guild was talking about striking. When this Christmas came around, we kept things very small because SAG is STILL talking about striking.
Sure, I'm all for just-compensation. But the writer's strike put lots of small businesses under, really harmed the overall LA economy, and closed down the business my husband works for for 3 months - three months we went without pay. The union came out fine. The studios came out fine. It was the "collateral businesses" that were harmed. I'm sick of the "gimme" attitude that ends up harming everyone else.
Answer by kaycee14 at 12:02 PM on Jan. 13, 2009
Answer by blessed5x at 12:06 PM on Jan. 13, 2009
I grew up in Michigan, the auto workers union was a good thing in its onset, but like with anything else, good intentions go very bad when money is involved. Greedy greedy and that isn't what the unions were initially for.
Answer by blessed5x at 12:08 PM on Jan. 13, 2009
No, I don't think we need more unions. I believe the unions had a heavy hand in the crumbling of the Big 3.
Do I believe the unions and Dem leaders have an agenda beyond the greater good for our country, YES, I do. But I am anti-union anyhow.
Do I think that Obama owes the Unions for their help? Holy hell, Yes. and it will cost us all.
As for what it takes for a business / industry to go union with this Act, it is 50% + 1. So if a business has 500 employees and 251 sign, BAM! They are now union. The other 249 may have NO IDEA what is going on. I guess if you want to get technical, that is 'free of choice', but it isn't a good thing.
Answer by QuinnMae at 12:11 PM on Jan. 13, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 12:13 PM on Jan. 13, 2009
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:15 PM on Jan. 13, 2009
Quinn: I guess if you want to get technical, that is 'free of choice', but it isn't a good thing.
Very well put!
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:25 PM on Jan. 13, 2009