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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:29 PM

65. Yes. The fact that the left doesn't get what turns workers off is a big part of the problem.

Corruption. Nepotism. Being forced to pay dues to an organization you didn't vote to join that (in too many cases) only helps the family and friends of the reps. Being told to sit down and wait your turn when you're objectively better at the job than the guy who has 10 years on you. Waiting two days to unload the pallets that are sitting right there because one group of people has to take it down the ramp while another group of people has to put it on the truck itself. Wages that haven't gone up. Nationals that are more interested in keeping the current workers' privileges than helping out the ones who are starting out. Locals that refuse to do anything to get rid of workers that are dangerous, incompetent, or outright criminal -- and in fact, locals that spend tons of time and money keeping them in their jobs while you stay two rungs below them.

Or, on the other side, maybe you're one of the majority of Americans who have never been in a union, and you've never been in a situation where there's anything between you and a boss's decision to fire you, and hearing people say that they absolutely have to have that to do their jobs is infuriating.

In terms of "Right to Work", we really, really have to find a better way to frame this than "you don't have to participate, we just want your money." If we leave it at that, Labor as a movement is finished, at least in the form of unions.

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