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Is Labor A Lost Cause?

by Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers:

Bill opens this week’s show by explaining how last week’s Supreme Court decision not to reconsider Citizens United exposes the hoax that Citizens United was ever about “free” speech. In reality, Bill says in a broadcast essay, it’s about carpet bombing elections “with all the tonnage your rich paymasters want to buy.”

Also lost in the Supreme media chatter last week: a disturbing ruling in Knox vs. SEIU Local 1000 that restricts labor unions from directing collected dues toward political causes. There’s no similar limit on corporations, naturally – yet another indication that the power and status of modern unions is waning, especially when compared to the unbridled influence of Corporate America. With a sharp decline in union membership, a legion of new enemies, and a series of legal and legislative setbacks, can unions rebound and once again act strongly in the interest of ordinary workers?

8 comments to Is Labor A Lost Cause?

  • dishesdealer417

    Many people don’t like labor unions but they are the only thing keeping workers of america from making .58 cents an hour with no benefits like in China.

    Too big to fail bailed out banks get international support from NWO nanny socialist governments but workers are facing strict darwinian fascism on the massa’s plantations.

    • stacker

      Complete nonsense. Labor unions do nothing good in todays economic structure. The argument that they are the only reason American workers are paid well is hogwash. Henry Ford is the best example of this fallacy. Ford paid his workers double the going daily wage, created the most successful business in his time, and did not need labor unions to force him to do it. Labor Union are in engaged in price fixing plain and simple and price fixing leads nowhere good.

      Bill Moyer is a typical liberal hypocrite. It’s not ok for big corporations or better yet the people running them to spend millions on politics, but it is ok for labor unions run by self-proclaimed communist to spend millions on politics.

      • dishesdealer417

        I’ve never belonged to a union or had a union job but I would in a second. They are some of the few workers who get treated well in today’s cutthroat world wide worker competition model.

    • Jayber

      Actually, dish, your initial comment is pure rhetoric. Fifty years ago, maybe. Nowadays, private unions are dropping by the wayside because most everything they strove for is codified into law; they are becoming irrelevant except in isolated cases. Another factor in this is how greedy they have become, sucking up dues, giving perks to the union administrators/officers and providing little/nothing in return. (This has been happening locally, since the national unions took over from the locals.) Not to mention, unions having such ridiculous demands that companies are unable to profitably comply, or significantly increasing costs of production without commensurate increases in quality/value of goods. detroit

      The fastest-growing segment of union membership is the public sector, with membership rates more than 5 times that of the private sector. Why? Because they have a monopoly guaranteed by the government, and the person they are bargaining against is…oh,yeah, someone they helped get in office (and is probably a union member, too). Hate to tell you, but that nanny state you hate…is run by public UNION bureaucrats.

      Aside from that, your comment that we’d all be working for $.58 an hour like China is just ignorant and flat out impossible outside of the prison systems or a major currency revaluation. As well, who do you think the Chinese Communists are? They are “The Workers” dish; they are the ultimate result of the vitriol you spouted in your last sentence.

  • metalmercenary

    the musings of a hollow eyed, feckless old fool, I didn’t need. here’s some poetry for ya old man, “the fool has said in his heart, there is no god”

  • misterkel

    I love reading alter-blogs. Everybody always thinks they get it and no one else does. They think they know everything and everyone who disagrees is stupid.

    We’ll never defeat the elites. We’re too busy fighting each other.

  • metalmercenary

    we’ll never defeat the elites because there isnt the wisdom, fortitude, or faith in the numbers needed to pull it off . . .

  • Glitter1

    Unfortunately the only reason unionized public and Federal employees have what they have has been the ability to remain attached to their public sector tax paying host. Even more so their elected administrators justify their ever bigger pieces of the pie as a result, however, with the contraction of the tax paying segment og society, the scheme is coming to an end. The whole scheme/fraud has been contracting for the last twenty years but State and Federal Governments have been borrowing the money to keep the whole fraud going, but it’s caught up with it’s self and is unrevaling heading for a crash.When a private company can no longer sell enough product to support it’s self they have to cut back or go out of business, when the tax paying base shrinks Govs can no longer support it’s self and when they can’t sell bonds/borrow to keep it going then it’s game over,RE: Stockton California.The Feds can perpetrate the fraud a little longer buy collectivizing/extracting more taxes. The most recent example is Obamacare, which is nothing more or less than a huge tax increase by sucking more blood from the host under the cover of must care for the children. As soon as all of the additional revenue starts flowing into the general fund and is squandered, as with all Federal Funds,this too will not be enough and they will just raise the percentages of the various taxes, and on and on until there is nothing left.It’s an unsustainable process and will collapse,sooner than most think.

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