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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-05 02:18 PM
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Better World? The National Right to Work Committee
I continually ask myself about Republicans, are they really so cruel and heartless about the working poor. I've acquaintances that are Republican, they are shallow and uniformed (ignorant is more like it, since they prefer to be uniformed), they put business above relationships and scorn anyone that doesn't, (I believe they idealize themselves as some sort of martyr sacrificing family and friends "just to make it". I do not know if they are cruel, I do not want to know them that well.

I remember in college when I worked for a man that got the National Right to Work Committee Newsletter, the first time I read it I was shocked. It was a "Rovian" organization started back in the 50's to break the Unions. It told employers how to "save money" by hiring part-time employees, no benefits or unions. ( http://www.nrtwc.org/home.php3 http://www.nrtwc.org/whoweare.php3 http://www.nrtwc.org/officers_board.php3 ) My boss asked me what I thought of it, I told him it would be their downfall, because without consumers they wouldn't exist, and it there weren 't full-time jobs with benefits to help maintain the middle-class, there would be no consumers. He agreed...


This is what happened in most of our southern states, most jobs pay very low wages, are hard to get full-time hours, no benefits. Talk about repression and a welfare society.

What people refuse to realize is that the number of good jobs, with a livable wage, benefits and hours, are greatly out-numbered by the barely subsistent jobs...if there are not enough living wage jobs, there is nowhere to go, no chances to better the condition and no hope.

Do the republicans think far enough into the future consequences of their promotions? Do they really know what they wrought? Are they really just uncaring, cold hearted, "I've got mine, too bad for you" people?


I've added here some of the board to the NRWC, because it gives insight at how they have taken hold of the politics and the country:

MORTON C. BLACKWELL is an educator and President of the Arlington, Va. based Leadership Institute. Known as the dean of youth politics, Mr. Blackwell has trained many of the people who have been responsible for Right to Work victories over the past 20 years. Mr. Blackwell's training in how to win political battles is so effective that activists are sent into the field only after successfully completing his program. Throughout the country his graduates have helped elect local and national candidates that fight for voluntary unionism. Some run for elective office themselves. Mr. Blackwell's alumni include numerous state representatives, two U.S. Congressmen, a U.S. Senator and a Governor. Mr. Blackwell is a member of the National Right to Work Committee's Executive Committee.

REED E. LARSON is Treasurer of the National Right to Work Committee, having served as President for 35 years, and an acknowledged national leader in the Right to Work cause. Born near Kensington, Kansas, he attended Kansas Wesleyan University, Ohio State University, and Kansas State University, where he received an electrical engineering degree after military service in World War II. He thereafter served as president of the Kansas Jaycees. With Kansans for the Right to Work, he directed the successful campaign for the states Right to Work amendment, following which in 1958 he joined the staff of the fledgling National Right to Work Committee. In 1968, he was the impetus behind the establishment of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation for which he served as president until 2004. Mr. Larson has been the recipient of numerous business, religious, and civic awards. Mr. Larson is a non-voting member of the National Right to Work Committee's Executive Committee.

MARK A. MIX is President of the National Right to Work Committee and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc. A native of Alfred, New York, he graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he majored in Finance. After graduation, Mr. Mix worked for several state Right to Work groups as an independent lobbyist and also served as a field man for the successful congressional campaign of U.S. Congressman Herbert Bateman (R-VA). In 1990, he began working for the National Right to Work Committee, rising to the position of Executive Vice President before being named President of both the Committee and Foundation in 2003. He is married and has five children. Mr. Mix is the principal salaried executive officer of the National Right to Work Committee

JON SWEEN is an educator who resides in Kirkland, Washington. Mr. Sween is a former National Education Association (NEA) forced-dues payer in the Seattle, Washington area. As an active, vocal and articulate opponent of compulsory unionism and NEA union policies in general, he has, for the past four years, vigorously promoted and defended voluntary unionism through a number of local organizations, frequent letters to editors, television appearances and other public forums.


These are the people that broke our backs, you know that little phrase you find on job applications now, where it says "we are a right to work company, and fire and hire at will", meaning they have the right to fire you without notice? These are the people who promoted the demonization of Unions, as the reason they were moving to Mexico, or "going broke" etc. that made the younger generation really believe that pap. Thanks to these people most of available employment now is in the form of part-time, no benefit, non-living wage jobs...Welcome to THEIR world.....IS IT BETTER?

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Coastie for Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-05 02:26 PM
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1. "Right To Work" and "Decertification" Are Destroying America
Trial Lawyer Ann Coulter's only real job was as a "Union Decertification" lawyer.

Seriously, starting with Taft-Hartley - through Reagan's breaking of the Professional Air Traffic Controller's Union - the breaking and decertification of unions (and the overall attack on collective bargaining) has been the GOP's biggest hidden plot to destroy the American middle class -- and America.

    I grew up in a USWA house in Western Pennsylvania's "Steel Valley" - and even had Leonard Rapping for Economics 201
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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-05 02:47 PM
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3. I'm really surprised that so many young people
fall for the Union demonization, really think it's a bad thing, even after being fired unfairly form jobs, or being stuck working in unsafe conditions...
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-05 04:15 PM
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9. We ought to demand that H Schools teach Labour History as part of the
curriculum
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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-05 06:25 PM
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10. I agree, it is a much needed course
They aren't taught the history of Labor Day, know nothing about the Haymarket Uprising, or all the fights and deaths just to form Unions in the coal mines and steel industry, the stock yards and the railroads. I don't even think they know about the Salidarity Movement in Poland, otherwise people would have known who George Soros was. They don't know how the Pullman Union fights lead to the Civil Rights Movement. There are so many connections. I don't even think that The Jungle is required reading anymore.
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-05 03:59 PM
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12. Seems its a part of our history that..
"the powers to be" don't what it to be known to our youth. Many just assume the the benifits we enjoy today were just handed to us out of the the goodness of their corporate hearts.
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Yosie Donating Member (239 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-05 02:35 PM
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2. IMHO Right To Work Laws
are a subversive concept, and the National Right to Work Committee and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc.are subversive organizations - and I mean that in the Atty General Palmer and Director Hoover and Senator (Joseph R.) McCarthy and Atty General Ashcroft sense.

Their sole purpose is to rend asunder the social contract (social compact) --in the John Locke sense-- that is necessary to have a vibrant and functioning economy and republic.

That makes them subversives in my book -- dedicated to the overthrow of America and the American community. Subversion doesn't have to be violent by force and arms -- subversion can be stealthy.
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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-05 02:48 PM
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4. It's really amazing how many people
don't even KNOW about the National Right to Work Committee, they've been quite successful pushing their agenda, quietly, through newsletters, and lobbying..
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Yosie Donating Member (239 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-05 03:03 PM
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7. They are "Stealthy Subversives"
as dangerous to the survival of the American Body Politic as an subversives investigated by AG Palmer, AG Ashcroft, Director Hoover, or Senator Joseph R. McCarthy.

They seek to burrow from within, like a metastasizing malignancy, until they have turned the once great United States into a Third World Banana Republic.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-05 01:56 PM
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11. Hi Yosie!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-05 02:52 PM
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5. I live in a "Right to Work" state. Organizing a union here
is virtually impossible.

RtW is a position the Democrats ought to take a firm, anti-RtW stand on.
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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-05 03:00 PM
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6. Or at the very least define it, for all those who
don't know...
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-05 04:12 PM
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8. Wal- Mart is one of its biggest $upporters
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