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    Re: Are Labor and Trade Unions Still Necessary in Our Economy?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    So they are not necessary because you dont like who many labor unions endorse?
    they stopped representing members

    why are more and more people electing NOT to go union....because they no longer see the benefit

    100k have left the union rolls in Wisconsin since the choice was given

    Tennessee auto manufacturer (VW) just voted down the union in 2014

    the unions had their time and place....and they helped to make the workplace a safer and fairer environment

    now...it is just a political outfit....that cares little for their members and their members are leaving because of it
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    Re: Are Labor and Trade Unions Still Necessary in Our Economy?

    Quote Originally Posted by wist43 View Post
    Public sector unions are bankrupting municipalities - last time I checked 6 CA cities have gone bust, and several more are on that path. Teachers unions are nothing more than organized crime units that have figured out how to pick the lock of the public treasury.

    In San Diego the teachers union was able to secure a $100 million dollar loan to ensure that the teachers continued to receive their golden parachutes and early retirements. The terms of the loan were that there would be no payments for 20 years, but after that time the payoff amount would be $1 billion. Do you think some teacher who is getting ready to retire at the age of 52, is going to tell 7 year old little Johnnie that in 20 years, when he is 27, that he will have to start making payments on that loan so the teacher can retire early and live the good life until they kick off??

    Here in Wisconsin, the teachers union has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars - until enough people got wise, and ousted the radical left from power in this state. Of course the thieves threw a hissy fit that made national news, as all the Dems went into a childish exile in Illinois - they should have stayed there, as Chicago and Illinois are about as corrupt as any city-state in the country... they were pigs in mud down there, lol..

    You can't fire them for malfeasence, misconduct, poor performance, or anything for that matter. In short, it is nearly impossible to get rid of the parasites, and attempting to do so is very much time consuming and costly. Here in Wisconsin a few years ago, a teacher was fired for watching porn on his computer during class - the union went nuts, and began a years long battle to get the guy his job back. They got him his job back, with full back pay. Now that pervert is back to "teaching" children - as a concerned parent, I would never allow my child to come in contact with that piece of garbage.

    Detroit is fine example of leftist mismanagement; Birmingham, AL went bust; Santa Barbara, Stockton, Vallejo, etc... San Francisco will go bust within a decade, as will Los Angles; Chicago is in big trouble; the states of New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, and California are all on very shaky ground - all b/c of golden parachute retirement plans and benefits for unionized government workers.

    Notice a pattern there?? They are bastions of leftist, democrat, socialist, communist, unionized parasites.

    It is no accident or suprise that the communists have always targetted unions for infiltration and then used them as a vehicle to spread their poisonous ideology. They infiltrate institutions, and then turn those institutions against the people - of course the union workers within the institutions are benefitting handsomely - of course they think it's a great deal - and of course they couldn't care less about the impropriety of their actions, or the suffering and damage they cause to their society; b/c afterall, they themselves are profitting.
    Public sector unions that can negotiate payment do need to pay attention to if their areas can afford that pay. I agree.

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    Re: Are Labor and Trade Unions Still Necessary in Our Economy?

    Quote Originally Posted by wist43 View Post
    Public sector unions are bankrupting municipalities - last time I checked 6 CA cities have gone bust, and several more are on that path. Teachers unions are nothing more than organized crime units that have figured out how to pick the lock of the public treasury. [...]
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    Quote Originally Posted by wist43 View Post
    [...] Notice a pattern there?? They are bastions of leftist, democrat, socialist, communist, unionized parasites. [...]
    Sloganeering:

    A slogan is a memorable motto or phrase used in a political, commercial, religious, and other context as a repetitive expression of an idea or purpose. The word slogan is derived from slogorn which was an Anglicisation of the Scottish Gaelic and Irish sluagh-ghairm tanmay (sluagh "army", "host" + gairm "cry").[1] Slogans vary from the written and the visual to the chanted and the vulgar. Their simple rhetorical nature usually leaves little room for detail and a chanted slogan may serve more as social expression of unified purpose than as communication to an intended audience.

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    Re: Are Labor and Trade Unions Still Necessary in Our Economy?

    Quote Originally Posted by wist43 View Post
    [...] Here in Wisconsin a few years ago, a teacher was fired for watching porn on his computer during class - the union went nuts, and began a years long battle to get the guy his job back. They got him his job back, with full back pay. Now that pervert is back to "teaching" children [...]
    Ah. More right wing propaganda... surprise, surprise, surprise

    The court system told the school board to reinstate the teacher, mainly because there were several other teachers that were involved in the email porn deal (not really "watching" porn as the propagandists try to imply) who were not fired but merely given suspensions. According to the local news reports, the teacher that was fired was a vocal union supporter while the others apparently were not. So, a pro-union worker was punished much more severely than other workers, for apparently the same offense. Surprise, surprise, surprise

    Quote Originally Posted by WMTV Madison WI
    Posted Wednesday, February 3, 2010 --- 2:30 p.m.

    Press Release from the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District:

    There have been incidents involving adult content material being transferred via district email, which violates district policy regarding appropriate use of technology. As soon as administration became aware of this, swift and appropriate action was taken. [...] During this review we discovered additional violations of district policy. There are seven high school staff members and one administrator that will receive some type of discipline. The administrator chose to retire; the others will receive disciplinary action based on the severity of the violation. In addition, one substitute teacher was dismissed.
    Quote Originally Posted by WMTV Madison WI
    UPDATED Thursday March 1, 2012 --- 5:35 p.m.
    Posted By: Barclay Pollak

    In a near 60 page document an independent arbitrator outlines the relationship between Andy Harris and three of his female colleagues. The arbitrator says all parties involved used adult humor and spoke of adult topics on occasion while at work.

    She also says that Mr. Harris should not have been fired. He should have been punished to the tune of a 15 day suspension with out pay. [...]
    Quote Originally Posted by WMTV Madison WI
    UPDATED Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 --- 7:30 p.m.
    Posted by: Madeline Anderson

    The board of education for the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District continues to fight an appellate court's decision [this is after they lost to the independent arbitrator] to reinstate a middle school teacher accused of viewing porn at work. While teaching seventh grade science at Glacier Creek, the school district says Andrew Harris received, viewed and showed pornographic images on the job. [...]

    The school board terminated Harris because of his behavior back in May of 2010. The Middleton Education Association filed a grievance challenging the punishment, and an arbitrator largely ruled in favor of the MEA, reducing Harris' termination to a 15-day suspension on the grounds other faculty who were accused of similar conduct in unrelated instances weren't treated as harshly. Since then, the board has unsuccessfully appealed the decision to put Harris back in the classroom. Now, in a unanimous vote Monday night, Lindgren says the district hopes to take the case to the State Supreme Court. [...]

    Harris' lawyer says he's not surprised the district is appealing for a second time. "In this case, the district is willing to spend unlimited resources to vindicate a view that has clearly been rejected by every single neutral that has heard the case," said William Haus, the attorney for the MEA [union]. [...]
    Quote Originally Posted by WMTV Madison WI
    UPDATED Wednesday, January 15, 2014 --- 9:30 p.m.

    The Middleton Cross Plains-Area teacher fired for looking at pornography while on the job could be back in the classroom by the end of the month. This week the Wis. Supreme Court announced it would not hear the school district's case against Andrew Harris. This appeal to the state's highest court was the district's last chance [...].

    The district faces nearly $1 million in legal fees and back pay it owes Harris. [...]
    Quote Originally Posted by WMTV Madison WI
    UPDATED Tuesday, January 28, 2014 --- 12:43 p.m.

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker wants a middle school teacher who viewed pornography on his classroom computer to lose his license. [...]
    Quote Originally Posted by WMTV Madison WI
    UPDATED Thursday, April 17, 2014 --- 1:04 p.m.

    According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Middleton teacher Andrew Harris will be allowed to keep his teaching license. [...] Arbitrators ruled the school district wrongly fired Harris. He returned to teach science at Kromrey Middle School this year. In a letter the DPI said that while Harris's conduct was "highly inappropriate," it does not meet the legal definition of immoral conduct as the law stood at the time. [...]
    Quote Originally Posted by reader comment
    I scanned and read the arbitration document. This teacher was fired for receiving 23 emails with inappropriate content over about a 12-14 month period (with records available for examination) from his sister who send him 100's of other emails in the same time frame . The district didn't claim he ever shared the contents with students or that any students ever saw any of the emails. The district contends he shared the emails by forward 1 inappropriate email to 2 of his friends who were not district employees. He also let teachers from his teaching team see the images before deleting them from his mail box and trash. The teacher admits his sister had been sending him emails with inappropriate content for 9-10 years at a rate of 1-2/month along with many other emails. The district does not claim he actively viewed pornographic websites or searched using inappropriate terms. The district does not claim any students ever knew of or saw the images, or that he had any inappropriate interactions with students. The district agreed that the recipient of an email can not tell if the contents of an email are inappropriate without opening it. However, 8 of the 23 emails were marks "XXX" by the sister. (in my reading of the document, it appeared to me that the materials were all primarily intended as humor rather than sexual arousal. (The worse description I found was a photograph of 3 naked women bent over the back of a car labeled a "snatch -back". I did not see the image.)
    UPDATE: DPI: Middleton teacher Andrew Harris allowed to keep teaching license
    In summary, several teachers are caught viewing emailed 'porn' from one teacher's sister (a little weird, but obviously not illegal). The one teacher who is a union agitator gets fired by the school board. An arbitrator rules against the school board. The school board appeals to a regular court and loses. The school board appeals to the State Supreme Court and is refused a hearing. The Governor then gets into the act and tries to use his executive power to probably illegally influence a state agency to revoke the teacher's license. He loses. Typical right wing authoritarianism... if only they could get rid of those pesky courts and that pesky Constitution they could do great things

    In this particular case a union stood in the face of tyranny, and as a result the rule of law was sustained. This is why tyranny wants to get rid of unions.

    P.S. -- it was not the union that went nuts, but the school board and Gov. Koch Brothers Walker
    Last edited by Karl; 08-27-14 at 07:13 PM.

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    Re: Are Labor and Trade Unions Still Necessary in Our Economy?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnWisconsin View Post
    You know nothing of what trade unions do. Why do you hate on people making money? You'd rather stick up for big business than the middle class union worker? It just doesn't make sense to me why there is a race to the bottom. Are you just jealous and want to bring everyone down to your level?
    "Are you just jealous and want to bring everyone down to your level"...ROTFLMMFAO. Yeah, that's it. I am jealous that I don't have to PAY for a job. Yeah, I am jealous that I would have to be accountable to a BA who only takes care of his friends. When did I say that I HATE people making money? You are just in denial that unions are a thing of the past. Democrats have used unions for years for their money and what have they done for you? NOTHING...as I have said before, union numbers are dwindling each year. Best of luck in your servitude to your union.

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    Re: Are Labor and Trade Unions Still Necessary in Our Economy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lakeside View Post
    Hillary Clinton come to mind? Ole Hilly worked for one of the biggest anti-union law firms in America. And when Hillary was on the WalMart Board of Directors she sat in on 33 anti-union board meetings. We all know that Bill and Hillary were owned by Sam.
    You should vote for Hillary then. Seems that you and her are in agreement. Would you like me to send you a Hillary for POTUS bumper sticker?
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    Re: Are Labor and Trade Unions Still Necessary in Our Economy?

    I voted other because I straight up don't know a lot about the state of other, similar industries, but living in the coalfields of Virginia for most of my life, I know that the UMWA has helped miners immensely (many in my family, in fact), at least in my area. So my answer is yes, at least to a small extent.

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    Re: Are Labor and Trade Unions Still Necessary in Our Economy?

    Quote Originally Posted by gdgyva View Post
    [1] they stopped representing members

    [2] why are more and more people electing NOT to go union....because they no longer see the benefit

    [3] 100k have left the union rolls in Wisconsin since the choice was given

    [4] Tennessee auto manufacturer (VW) just voted down the union in 2014

    [5] the unions had their time and place....and they helped to make the workplace a safer and fairer environment

    [6] now...it is just a political outfit....that cares little for their members and their members are leaving because of it
    Goodness... look at all the sloganeering

    1. Says who? You?

    2. Because an increasing number of states are making scabbing legal, and the typical low information right wing blue collar worker has no problem with being a taker (receiving good pay and benefits which he never did and never will contribute towards the cost of obtaining, and which would surely not exist unless others did and do pay for).

    3. Assuming your figures are correct, I think we can then reasonably assume that they are either newly legal scabs or the union(s) involved were somehow legislated out of existence or representation by right wing governments or right wing courts.

    4. There are some local/state government irregularities (threats, interference) reported in that vote. Don't know the current status of any legal action, if any.

    5. You could apply that logic to many other things, like the U.S. Constitution either in part or in entirety.

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    Re: Are Labor and Trade Unions Still Necessary in Our Economy?

    Quote Originally Posted by imagep View Post
    You should vote for Hillary then. Seems that you and her are in agreement. Would you like me to send you a Hillary for POTUS bumper sticker?
    No thanks. I would rather shower at Penn State then vote for a brain dead Liberal like Hillary.

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    Re: Are Labor and Trade Unions Still Necessary in Our Economy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lakeside View Post
    No thanks. I would rather shower at Penn State then vote for a brain dead Liberal like Hillary.
    Brain dead Liberal, is there some reason you said the same thing twice. Being brain dead is a part of the definition of Liberal.
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