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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 12:40 PM
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63. "the working poor are unable to join unions...
they apparently do not have marketable skills."

A "marketable skill" is not a prerequisite to join my union. No one gave me a test to see if I qualified, and I doubt if the SEIU tests your ability to clean an office before you can join.


"You apparently are coming up with another way for working people to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps...you tell them to unionize."


Yes, I recommend it to anyone who isn't a member of a union, because it is only through solidarity and collective bargaining that you can help yourself to better wages and working conditions.

Do you think most owners and managers will willingly part with an extra nickel out of the largesse of their heart?

(I also happen to support strong government social programs to make life more equitable in this country.)


"Either way, the onus is on me and people like me, rather than being on those ver well paid "leaders" to do something to help me."


Every working person in this country has benefitted from labor unions, whether they are members or not.

You want someone fighting for you, find like-minded people, set some by-laws, and elect a leader who knows something about labor/management relations.


You have fallen for the oldest trick in the book-divide and conquer.

Keep attacking people working collectively to make their lives better. This will not lift you up, but it will tear them down, and while that is something that might make you feel better, it won't do a damn thing for your economic security.

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