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36 Ways Unions Have Improved Your Life

Posted by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM
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As all human institutions, unions have their good side and their bad side. However, I always find it frustrating that the "I hate unions" sentiment so closely echoes the propaganda used against unions back in the day. 

This article isn't new, but is particularly relevant today.


This is repost of a blog I wrote in winter of last year when the protests against Governor Walker and union busting were gearing up.

Way beyond my wildest expectations, this post actually went viral.

I've decided to post this again here, not to try and prolong the success of it or recycle it, but because I feel it is still very relevant and can't be said enough. Especially with the Wisconsin recall elections less than a month away.

The right has made unions the boogeymen of our time. It is our duty to set the record straight.

Please share this with everyone you know. I don't care about credit. You can put your name on it for all I care. I just want the message out.

Unions are not a bad thing. In fact, we should thank them everyday of our working lives.

God Bless Unions!

Solidarity Forever!

Let's get one thing straight...

Employers and Corporations did not feel generous and decide to give you two days off every week to have a social/personal life. (We now call them weekends). Corporations did not just feel like being nice one day and give their employees paid vacations. CEOs didn't get together in a board room and say "Let's give our employees more rights at work" or "Maybe there should be laws to limit our power over an employee".

Virtually ALL the benefits you have at work, whether you work in the public or private sector, all of the benefits and rights you enjoy everyday are there because unions fought hard and long for them against big business who did everything they could to prevent giving you your rights. Many union leaders and members even lost their lives for things we take for granted today.

The right-wing attack on unions is nothing more than ignorance, lack of education, and propaganda.

If republicans would rather support corporations instead of organized groups of workers working to secure a fair work environment A.K.A a union, I ask them to walk the walk as well. Give up every benefit and right that you use that unions are responsible for.

Complete trust and submit yourself to the corporate agenda you fight for. Play by their rules with no influence from democrats or labor unions to try to force rights among the workers of this country. Dedicate your life to their life goal of making your company more money than the year before. Just understand that this may mean sacrificing the union fought rights you enjoy everyday. I mean, you don't want to be a hypocrite, do you? Like bashing unions on your union fought lunch break? Which means if you practice what you preach, you don't get a lunch break.

Corporations use to work employees 80+ hours a week, offer no breaks, hire children, offer horrid, unsanitary work conditions, paid literally next to nothing, and even murder. Not murder with a pen like they do today, but actual murder. They basically did whatever they wanted.

This is what they were like before unions. Don't take my word for it, look it up. (Links at bottom of page). If we rid the world of unions tomorrow, who is to say that they won't go right back to the way they were merely 70 years ago? The GOP governor of Maine signed a bill to repeal child labor laws this year, maybe they are going back to their roots whether we have unions or not.

So conservatives, please practice what you preach and give up all these rights and leave the umbrella of these laws for they were brought to you by unions...

36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union

Weekends
All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
Paid Vacation
FMLA
Sick Leave
Social Security
Minimum Wage
Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
8-Hour Work Day
Overtime Pay
Child Labor Laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
40 Hour Work Week
Worker's Compensation (Worker's Comp)
Unemployment Insurance
Pensions
Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
Employer Health Care Insurance
Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
Wrongful Termination Laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
Whistleblower Protection Laws
Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
Sexual Harassment Laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Holiday Pay
Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
Privacy Rights
Pregnancy and Parental Leave
Military Leave
The Right to Strike
Public Education for Children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

So will conservatives give up all 36 of these union fought rights? Will they stand by their rhetoric that unions are thugs and refuse to take benefits from these "thugs" or will they hypocritically carry on the diatribe that unions are ruining this country while enjoying their weekends and paid vacations?

Or...

Maybe they could just admit that while not perfect, like anything else, unions have done great things for working people that they use and benefit from everyday of their lives?

Maybe a conservative union-hating family got to have some of the best moments of their lives while on vacation from work, and they still got to come to a job still there waiting for them, because of unions?

Maybe a conservative can't wait for their lunch break at work so they can turn on the radio and listen to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Back talk about how horrible unions are?

If you don't want to give up all your union fought rights and benefits at work, I understand. I don't want to either, that's why I'm pro-union and vote Democrat.

But maybe you could just admit that unions are not demons spawned from hell, and admit the FACT that they have improved your life in more ways than one?

Or am I asking too much?

ORIGINALLY POSTED TO THENEWDEAL00 ON TUE MAY 15, 2012 AT 07:03 PM PDT.

by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM
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yourspecialkid
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM
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 The unions of today in no way resemble the unions of yesterday.

 

macbudsmom
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM
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 There is very much an anti-union movement happening throughout the country.  Why do we think corporations, owners, managers, etc... will be more fair and giving than they were back in the day without unions???

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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I don't have a clue...

There seems to be some kind of cult of worship of the uberwealthy that will cause folks to vote against their own best interests and defend the corp leaders, ceo's and share holders at all costs.

I just don't get it.

Quoting macbudsmom:

 There is very much an anti-union movement happening throughout the country.  Why do we think corporations, owners, managers, etc... will be more fair and giving than they were back in the day without unions???


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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:23 PM
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As a person working in a 24/7/365 industry (one that never closes), the unions have helped tremendously in preventing abuse. For example, when I was on jury duty M-Fr during the day but worked the overnight, and my boss thought that I should be able to work some overnight shifts during the week as well. One call to my union rep and that issue was put to rest. State and federal mandates have helped as well!

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:24 PM
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Wannabes-

Quoting NWP:

I don't have a clue...

There seems to be some kind of cult of worship of the uberwealthy that will cause folks to vote against their own best interests and defend the corp leaders, ceo's and share holders at all costs.

I just don't get it.

Quoting macbudsmom:

 There is very much an anti-union movement happening throughout the country.  Why do we think corporations, owners, managers, etc... will be more fair and giving than they were back in the day without unions???



lga1965
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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Quoting yourspecialkid:

 The unions of today in no way resemble the unions of yesterday.

 

 Can you explain your comment and give us details, with unbiased sources, not merely your 'feelings' on the subject?I think many of us would appreciate it.

joyfree
by Platinum Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Too Right!

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yourspecialkid
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:40 PM

 

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 The unions of today in no way resemble the unions of yesterday.

 

 Can you explain your comment and give us details, with unbiased sources, not merely your 'feelings' on the subject?I think many of us would appreciate it.

 Open a newspaper or turn on the tv.

 

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:43 PM
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Union leaders have taken their lead from corporate America- Greed masked as "trickle down" economics has been sold to the masses. IMO, if one complains about what one has become, one should also be equally disgusted at what the other has become. Greed will be the death of this country-

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