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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:24 PM
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Obama's Right on Crucial Issue of Replacement Workers

http://www.alternet.org/workplace/78337 /

Daily Kos. Posted March 6, 2008.

Teamsters activist says every union member has reason to support the candidate.

This is a diary from TeamsterPower

You can't be fired for going out on strike. That's against the law. But if the boss hires an untrained scab to permanently take your place, he or she does not have to give you your job back when the strike is over.

Barack Obama has pledged to protect striking workers:

Obama supports the right of workers to bargain collectively and strike if necessary. He will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers, so workers can stand up for themselves without worrying about losing their livelihoods.

Permanent replacements have been around since 1938 when the Supreme Court said in NLRB v. Mackay Radio & Telegraph Co. that a company does not have to reinstate "economic strikers" if it hired strikebreakers to continue the business. Now, for you business majors out there, that may sound well and good. Why should I rehire a worker who went on strike for a raise if I can find someone to do the job for less money? Why? Because it's fair. It's the right thing to do. Because many times, these workers have sacrificed to make your business a success and when it succeeds they should be rewarded, not treated like draft animals or machines.

Consider the workers at Diamond Walnut in Stockton, Calif. In 1985 Diamond was facing bankruptcy and turned to its workers for help. The workers, Teamsters from Local Union 601, agreed to take pay cuts of up to 40 percent to help the company weather the tough times.

By 1991 Diamond had reached the Fortune 500 and bragged of record profits. But instead of giving those profits back to its employees, the company demanded more concessions.

FULL 2 page story at link.

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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:27 PM
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1. They need to pound this into the heads of Pennsylvania's voters
That state has never recovered from Reaganomics, and it never improved during Bill Clinton's two terms.

It wont improve with a third Clinton term either.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:40 PM
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2. Scabs are scum
If you're a scab, you deserve to burn in hell.
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