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The Right to Work Shot Heard Around the World Won’t End Well for Conservatives

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The people calling themselves ‘conservatives’ are full of glee over what Americans for Prosperity (the same Koch-funded group behind Walker’s assault on workers) is calling the “shot heard around the world” – also known as the Michigan Republicans shoving an ALEC/ Koch funded kill unions bill down the people’s throats in the heart of the American union.

They gloat. It’s what they do. But what they don’t see the long-term impact of what they’re doing.

The unions have been dying for years. The orchestrated ALEC-based hits on collective bargaining in Republican-led states was no doubt meant to be the deathblow.

But instead, it has sparked ongoing debate about the point of unions. Many Americans who never had a reason to think about unions before are now aware of the issue. So while it pains me personally that Republicans did this in my home state, taking aim at all my Grandfather worked for his entire life just weeks after he passed away, I see an opportunity here.

This is the time to talk to your friends and neighbors about why the union was started, what collective bargaining rights have to do with human rights around the globe (collective bargaining is recognized internationally as a basic human right), and how the union isn’t Big Boss, but rather teacher Dad and line-worker Mom and electrican Brother, etc, and how unions actually help the market self-regulate.

Worker-friendly states (those without “right to work” laws) have higher incomes on average and better working conditions. An NEA study concluded, “Eleven of the 15 states with the highest poverty rates are RTW, while nine of the 11 states with the lowest poverty rates are worker-friendly.” If that doesn’t get it, how about a discussion regarding productivity? An analysis of gross domestic product per capita shows that worker friendly states “appear to be significantly ‘more productive’ than the RTW states.” Furthermore, “12 of the 14 most productive states are worker-friendly states, while five of the six least productive states are RTW states. The median GDP per capita for the worker-friendly states is $41,529.50, compared to $38,745.50 in RTW states.”


The premise of unions is very simple. When there are two sides negotiating something, the side with the most power does not have to give. Who has the power in corporate America? The boss. Sometimes the boss is a nice person, sometimes not. But depending upon the benevolence of a person is a fickle business.

Even worse, depending upon the benevolence of an entity with no heart and an obligation to shareholders with no moral core is a fool’s game. Hence, by coming together as a group, workers around the world have found a way to have a seat at the table. They hardly have equal power, and what little power they have is clearly resented by the Elite, but with solidarity comes enough power to matter; enough to bargain for a decent wage and retirement — the things CEOs get (though in much greater amounts seemingly due to their inherent “worthiness”) without question. Retention fees, if you will. Or, as a good businessperson might see it, ways to motivate employees and increase morale and output. In fact, “right-to-work” laws may be a detriment when a business is considering moving to a state:

“Right to work is not high on employers’ things to consider when they move to a state,” Dale Belman, a professor at Michigan State University’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, said Thursday. “For existing employers it doesn’t provide a benefit and may be a detriment,” he said, because of worsening labor relations in right-to-work states.

Some businesses are run with the idea that good business means less turnover, and less turnover means treating employees as valued commodity. So, certainly not all corporations are greedy vultures. But by design, the market is supposed to temper their greed with their reputations, among other non-monetary assets. This is why you see conservatives trying to sell the idea that greed is good. If, for example, we stop holding corporations responsible for looting their employees’ pension funds, there is no balancing act to the greed.

It’s ironic, but the modern day conservative movement is not conservative at all. They are rigging the market to have no power to self-regulate, in order to feed the greedy hands of the corporations at the top who stand to benefit from a skewed market.


By destroying the very function of the capitalism they claim to not only stand for, but love, conservatives are tolling their own ideological death bell. It’s not unions that wanted to kill capitalism. Unions are a part of capitalism; they are one of the self-regulating forces that can serve to keep “too-big-to-fail” at bay. They are a check, if you will, on absolute power.

No, it’s not unions that are killing American capitalism. It’s the greedy corporations masquerading as conservatives that are killing capitalism – destroying competition from smarter and leaner mom and pops, rigging the market with government subsidies and bailouts, and killing all measures of self-regulation. The public is slowly waking up to this reality — a fact that will not serve the alleged “conservative” cause well. It’s called backlash, and yes, it requires patience and diligence, but it’s real.

Republicans don’t stand for business. They don’t stand for conservatism. They don’t stand for capitalism. They stand for the greed of corporations who seek absolute power with no free market to regulate them.

Unions are part of the free market. Unions are a global part of freedom. Unions, working as a measure of corporate reputation, are a part of what conservatives claim makes capitalism work — self-regulation. What will the market bear, they ask.

I ask, who is the market? The market is the American people. What will you bear?

http://www.politicususa.com/shot-heard-world-shooting-conservatives-foot.html

by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM
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poietes
by Member on Dec. 11, 2012 at 10:47 PM
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Im a little confused on why this is so horrible. If this law gives them a choice to be in a union or not and unions are just awesome for the common man then won't they just choose to stay in the union? If unions are so great I dont understand why they are so scared people wont choose them. Arent the dems all about right to choose?
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shannonnigans
by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM
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Truer words were never spoken. That's what always amazes me here - people voting against their own self interests. I find it amazing when they vote for something that benefits me, often at their expense. Oh well.


Quoting Sisteract:

Those laws in place will be gone- Naive is right-

People want to make this country a third world country- and guess ,what I'd venture to say not many on cafemom will be in the top echelon.

You'll have nothing-

be very careful what you promote and support- so many are already malcontents. Your own worst enemies-


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jcrew6
by Jenney on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:21 AM
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Won't end well for republicans, huh?  That explains the violence today in Michigan at the hands of union members/supporters.  

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/12/union-thug-who-beat-steven-crowder-ided-his-name-is-tony-cummings-video/

http://www.michronicleonline.com/index.php/local/news-briefs/8987-violence-breaks-out-amid-right-to-work-protests

http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/18024


Union Thugs doing what they do best.  Making sure it doesn't end well for anyone who disagrees with them.  


katiew2012
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:29 AM
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Don't forget about teachers getting plastic surgery as a perk.

*goes hunting for the link*

Edit: the link...http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/197295/70/Buffalo-NY-teachers-get-free-plastic-surgery

Quoting happy2bmom25:

when a line worker with only a high school diploma at an auto plant that received a tax payer bailout can make six figures a year, i say the unions have gone too far.

when auto workers can be caught on camera smoking pot and drinking on their lunch breaks, and still keep their jobs, i say the unions have gone too far.

when a school teacher can make six figures not including benefits for teaching art 3/4 time,  i say the unions have gone too far.

why should teachers get pay increases when test scores are decreasing? Oh, becuase unions do not care about the job being done.

unions have outlived their usefulness.  There are now laws in place that protect workers. The unions are no longer for the workers.  

The unions no longer need the power they had.


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Canvas_says
by Silver Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:49 AM
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When 40 percent of even the union members support going to RTW you have to listen to that. This is not some fast bill only passed because we have a Republican majority, the people actually want this in the state.The state went against the unions at 58% in November after they dared try to change our constitution to be their playbook. 

SeakingPeace
by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 3:19 AM
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Thank God!   Thank you for posting this.  I'm sick of unions (especially teachers unions.)  I appreciate our good teachers.  But the sucky ones need to NOT be protected by unions.

Quoting happy2bmom25:


when a line worker with only a high school diploma at an auto plant that received a tax payer bailout can make six figures a year, i say the unions have gone too far.

when auto workers can be caught on camera smoking pot and drinking on their lunch breaks, and still keep their jobs, i say the unions have gone too far.

when a school teacher can make six figures not including benefits for teaching art 3/4 time,  i say the unions have gone too far.

why should teachers get pay increases when test scores are decreasing? Oh, becuase unions do not care about the job being done.

unions have outlived their usefulness.  There are now laws in place that protect workers. The unions are no longer for the workers.  

The unions no longer need the power they had.


SeakingPeace
by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Yahoo!  Another great response to this article.  I had the same thoughts you did!  Thanks for posting.

Quoting poietes:

Im a little confused on why this is so horrible. If this law gives them a choice to be in a union or not and unions are just awesome for the common man then won't they just choose to stay in the union? If unions are so great I dont understand why they are so scared people wont choose them. Arent the dems all about right to choose?


SeakingPeace
by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 3:23 AM
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What they BOTH said.........

Damned straight.  frustrated

Quoting mustbeGRACE:


Quoting happy2bmom25:

when a line worker with only a high school diploma at an auto plant that received a tax payer bailout can make six figures a year, i say the unions have gone too far.

when auto workers can be caught on camera smoking pot and drinking on their lunch breaks, and still keep their jobs, i say the unions have gone too far.

when a school teacher can make six figures not including benefits for teaching art 3/4 time,  i say the unions have gone too far.

why should teachers get pay increases when test scores are decreasing? Oh, becuase unions do not care about the job being done.

unions have outlived their usefulness.  There are now laws in place that protect workers. The unions are no longer for the workers.  

The unions no longer need the power they had.

What she said...................

Damned straight.


SeakingPeace
by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 3:25 AM

I feel for Michigan.  But I don't see what the problem is.  Don't they still have a choice to either be IN the union or NOT?????  

Quoting nanaofsix531:

Snyder is going to pay for this at the next election and so is the rest of the repugs.Repubs in Michigan on face book are mad as hell and changing to independent and Democrats.


SeakingPeace
by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 3:28 AM
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clappingclappingclappingclappingclapping

Quoting lylalane7275:

clapping

Quoting happy2bmom25:

when a line worker with only a high school diploma at an auto plant that received a tax payer bailout can make six figures a year, i say the unions have gone too far.

when auto workers can be caught on camera smoking pot and drinking on their lunch breaks, and still keep their jobs, i say the unions have gone too far.

when a school teacher can make six figures not including benefits for teaching art 3/4 time,  i say the unions have gone too far.

why should teachers get pay increases when test scores are decreasing? Oh, becuase unions do not care about the job being done.

unions have outlived their usefulness.  There are now laws in place that protect workers. The unions are no longer for the workers.  

The unions no longer need the power they had.



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