Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Welcome Back to the Sweat Shop

     (Tip o' the tinfoil hat to Constant Reader CC)
     Excerpt: "For the worker, this means they can leave the union and save on fees yet still get the pay and benefits the union negotiates with the employer."
     Now, you show me any other private organization or business that voluntarily provides benefits and comparable union pay to employees who don't pay dues.
     That deadbeat would be wearing that boot print on his keister for the rest of his life, amiright?
     Companies were forced to pay a living wage to their labor pool BECAUSE of unions. And if it weren't for unions, we'd still be getting paid under what the minimum wage is now and working long hours in dangerous, dirty working conditions without any hope for paid time off, workman's comp, paid vacations, etc. That's because your average industrialist is a cold-blooded psychopath who has to be politically and legally leveraged into doing the right thing. That's what your onerous mandatory union dues got you and your ancestors. And, as long as the union was providing an actual service to its constituents, we didn't have a gripe with mandatory dues.
     No unions is what got us the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in which nearly 150 people were killed.
     You want a glimpse into what it was like working without unions? Look no further than Hunan, China's notorious and infamous Foxconn sweatshop, the Triangle Shirtwaist of the 21st century that trowels out bullshit for Amazon's Jeff fucking Bezos and Apple's Tim Cook.
     Aren't Republicans the ones who always yell, "There's no such thing as a free lunch" when the issue of universal healthcare or free college tuition arises? In fact, Republicans are some of the biggest fucking moochers on the planet. And aren't right wingers the ones always screaming about "activist judges"? Right wing judges are also some of most activist ones on the planet. And their rancid politics are openly coloring what should be impartial judgment in matters of Constitutional interpretation.

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