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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:35 PM

Stop Using the Phrase "Right-To-Work" in any Fashion

President Obama made waves by wading into the debate over whether or not Michigan should become a "right-to-work" state by lamenting it as "the-right-to-work-for-less" which is a common turn of phrase used by liberals to deride such laws.

I applaud the President for stepping in but I am disheartened by the acceptance of the phraseology used by conservatives. Martin Luther King Jr. called the "right to work" a false slogan and that is what it is.

By calling it "right to work" it facilitates the idea that these types of laws are about improving the contract rights and work opportuntities for individual workers and it is an effective campaign. They make it seem like talented workers will be able to work and bargain for better wages above and beyond mediocre or bad employees that would hold them down if they bargained collectively. By buying into the phrase "right to work" we help facilitate this fraud.

If you just heard that phrase without context admidst the political hoopla "would you like the right to work?" it sounds good.

It must be rejected.

I suggest that we refuse to acknowledge this terminology and begin calling these states "Free-Loader" states or something similar.

I believe the terminology does not work in the union movement's favor.

What say you?

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Reply Stop Using the Phrase "Right-To-Work" in any Fashion (Original post)
LakeErieLiberal Dec 2012 OP
Scootaloo Dec 2012 #1
spanone Dec 2012 #4
rock Dec 2012 #16
Blue Idaho Dec 2012 #2
Kalidurga Dec 2012 #3
rachel1 Dec 2012 #5
leftstreet Dec 2012 #6
KansDem Dec 2012 #7
DinahMoeHum Dec 2012 #8
Brickbat Dec 2012 #9
jody Dec 2012 #10
meow2u3 Dec 2012 #11
limpyhobbler Dec 2012 #12
meow2u3 Dec 2012 #14
meow2u3 Dec 2012 #13
MichiganVote Dec 2012 #15
Blue_Tires Dec 2012 #18
LeftInTX Dec 2012 #17
warrprayer Dec 2012 #19

Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:37 PM

1. Sort of like "Pro-Life," isn't it?

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:43 PM

4. like 'americans for progress' republicans are good with names, bad with policy

the names they conjure are usually the OPPOSITE of their intended goals

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Response to spanone (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:15 PM

16. It comes from their foundation of hypocrisy

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:40 PM

2. In Idaho we progressives call it

"Right to Starve" it stinks and it will ruin your state.

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:42 PM

3. I don't have a problem with that phrase if it is followed by LESS.

Could the phrase right to work be changed to something more accurate sure. It could be called the right to work with fewer rights. Or it could be called the union busting law. Or it could be called the right to make your state much poorer. Or it could be called the right to tank your states economy. There are a whole lot of things it could be called. But, if they gave the law an accurate title it would have no support.

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:44 PM

5. Right-to-work-for-less is a more accurate description

and better wording of the true intention of the law.

Part of destroying their propaganda is to use better wording.

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:47 PM

6. DURec

I can't believe the Democrats have let that term stand all these years

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:47 PM

7. "Blight to Work"

Blight
n.
...a person or thing that mars or prevents growth, improvement, or prosperity


About sums it up...

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:50 PM

8. Yeah, "RTW" is just another way of saying "Arbeit Macht Frei". . .

. . .and that latter phrase has already been used in history.

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:52 PM

9. I never say it. We call it "right to scab" in this house.

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:57 PM

10. Too late, it's in our Party Platform and can't be rescinded without embarrassment.

 

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:58 PM

11. I call it a license to enslave

In other words, an end run around the 13th Amendment.

Here's how license to enslave works: Underpay your workers, subject them to dangerous working conditions and/or a hostile work environment, and strip them of their constitutional rights, and turn around and call it "at will employment", as long as you're paying them just enough to keep them from killing you and your family.

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:02 PM

12. I think you have a good point there.

The right-to-free-load is more accurate.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:05 PM

14. A couple of the Michigan protesters used "freedom to freeload"

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:05 PM

13. The corporate hookers call it "right to work", but don't mention the right to be paid a decent wage

Right to work is a half-truth. You have a right to work, but not a right to be paid enough to support a family, much less what you're really worth. Nor do you have a right to question the working conditions and/or environment.

In a right-to-work-for-peanuts state, you're an inferior subject to the will and whims of a boss who may or may not think it's good business to invest in one's workers, so you may end up at the mercy of some psycho boss who'll not only fire you for no reason, but also might blacklist you so you'll never be able to work again.

I may be exaggerating in the previous paragraph, but it's to illustrate the point of how license-to-enslave states think so little of labor.

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:13 PM

15. Right to Freeload

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 07:16 PM

18. +1000

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:18 PM

17. Right to Fire?

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Response to LakeErieLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 07:25 PM

19. I believe you're right

it is "right to work for less"

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