Thursday, September 18, 2014
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When workers stick together, they win

When workers stick together, they win

This is an interesting story -- it's from 2011 but I was inspired to read it now:

[BEGIN EXCERPT]We always hear that unions are in trouble. But that’s not the whole story.

While nearly one of every three American workers were union members in 1945, today only 6.9 percent of private sector employees have union representation, a historic low. Tea Party governors like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker have pushed anti-union bills through state legislatures. Wisconsin’s bill stripped public employees of most of their collective bargaining rights and was the most significant direct attack against unions by a leading politician since Ronald Reagan crushed the air traffic controllers strike in 1981.

Yet despite the odds, over the past few months unions have achieved significant victories around the nation. Workers continue to fight for better wages, job security, safe workplaces, and health care, regardless of the struggles unions face. Their long-term struggles have not changed. But their success rate may be improving.

Why is this? The terrible economy may have convinced more workers that standing together with their fellow employees is the best chance they have to hold on to middle-class dreams. The less-negative media climate surrounding unions after the draconian anti-union bills in Wisconsin and Ohio may have helped.[END EXCERPT]

I learned from watching the movies that a lost cause is the only cause worth fighting for. If you happened to watch the Baltimore Ravens or the Atlanta Falcons this weekend, you were reminded of how many times that "lost cause" wins.

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