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Response to maddogesq (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:26 PM

12. I think I understand the police and firefighter exeption...

... it's illegal for them to strike (ignoring the occasional bout of "blue flu"). They are required to submit to arbitration in any union/management negotiation.

That, plus, the governor is driven to work by police

Why a union? I'm not an organizer, and not eloquent enough to really spell it out. But if my hourly wage was good, and my benefit package was good and my workplace was safe, it was because of the sacrifice of workers who came before me, striking for improvements from managers who always want to give less. The strike is the only real weapon workers have, and it is only effective if the whole workforce commits to it.

Solidarity Forever (1915):

When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the union makes us strong.
CHORUS:
Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
For the union makes us strong.
Is there aught we hold in common with the greedy parasite,
Who would lash us into serfdom and would crush us with his might?
Is there anything left to us but to organize and fight?
For the union makes us strong.
Chorus
It is we who plowed the prairies; built the cities where they trade;
Dug the mines and built the workshops, endless miles of railroad laid;
Now we stand outcast and starving midst the wonders we have made;
But the union makes us strong.
Chorus
All the world that's owned by idle drones is ours and ours alone.
We have laid the wide foundations; built it skyward stone by stone.
It is ours, not to slave in, but to master and to own.
While the union makes us strong.
Chorus
They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn,
But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn.
We can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn
That the union makes us strong.
Chorus
In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold,
Greater than the might of armies, magnified a thousand-fold.
We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old
For the union makes us strong.

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