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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 02:15 AM

Rochelle Riley: Unions need to remind people what life was like without them

Rochelle Riley: Unions need to remind people what life was like without them
December 12, 2012 |


Hard lessons

History was an important task that somebody forgot to assign, so now there is a generation of young people -- and other not-so-young-people -- who don't belong to unions, don't know the union history and don't really care about what legislators are doing this week.

Unions built the middle class.

Unions improved the standard of living for workers.

No one standing Tuesday at the state Capitol shouting at the top of his or her lungs about injustice and calling the governor a rat was talking enough about history or marketing the good work of unions.

No one marching on government grounds was paying attention to what century this is.

And there is the lesson.



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Reply Rochelle Riley: Unions need to remind people what life was like without them (Original post)
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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:33 PM

1. It should be schools, history classes, and parents who remind others of this fact, but of course

with "regulatory capture" of everything from schools to TV stations, the word not only doesn't get out, the opposite view (that unions are just robbers taking your money) has been spread around for many years. Propaganda works, folks. It seems that only the school of hard knocks works on most people.

Unluckily, the school of hard knocks has a REAL knockout blow coming to most people -- not only will they not be able to unionize, the climate/oil/water/food problems are going to make most people either dead or virtual slaves to whatever hierarchical apparatus springs up to 'manage' the plebes.

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