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spinns17
TEAMSTER
02:24 PM on 12/29/2009
loss of wages does more than you think.dont come crying when your house goes down another 30 or 40 percent because people cant afford to buy one.or save enuff to buy one.why do you think were in the mess were in now.american standard of liveing went down so much in the last 30 years ,government had to give houseing a boost to get it going again.its about the same time unions started to get busted.
03:31 PM on 12/29/2009
Agreed. We are still digging ourselves out of the deep ditch Reagan et al drove this country into.

Trickle down economics - there's an oxyMORON for you!
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carbolaw
05:10 PM on 12/29/2009
Well stated. People seem to ignore how the 30 years of stagnating wages were a major factor in the financial meltdown. So many want to blame the homeowners as if they desired nothing more than to lose their homes to foreclosure. Many assume that people went out and bought extreme houses, but they ignore that housing prices went from about $50 per square foot to over $350 (or more ) in many areas. In my own part of the country in just a few years time housing prices per square foot nearly doubled while wages decreased.
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spinns17
TEAMSTER
01:59 PM on 12/29/2009
maybe people will wake up when there boss comes up to them ,and tells them they have to take a 20% wage cut.because thats how much more a union worker costs a company.
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alieninvader
02:18 PM on 12/29/2009
A rising tide lifts all boats. In other words, if employees are paid more, they are able to support the economy and buy more...especially at Target.
02:26 PM on 12/29/2009
Faved and Fanned, again!
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spinns17
TEAMSTER
02:27 PM on 12/29/2009
and target can charge a little more .or pay a little more to there employees .its a game of makeing a liveing, or go in debt to the banks.and which do you think wall street wants?
02:51 PM on 12/29/2009
Target workers make minimum wage or barely above minimum wage as it is.
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TJCole
01:58 PM on 12/29/2009
The Bilderberg Group, wants to bring back feudalism, that's all..!
01:55 PM on 12/29/2009
Unions built the middle class. Reagan and his corporate goons destroyed unions.

Look around, this is the DIRECT, intentional result of globalized slave labor.

Unless you are a CEO or a Wallstreet thief, your layer in the wealth pyramid, along with your social mobility, will be globalized sooner or later. Count on it.

You can either support collective bargaining that will provide a hedge against the global slavery being pursued by Wallstreet and the business oligarchs, or you can take your chances that "they'll never globalize MY job!"

I will now watch as the robber barons stampede to try to discredit these facts.
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hulagirrrl
02:35 PM on 12/29/2009
Whenever I see how these manufacturer "crack the whip" faster, cheaper, with less people, we can always outsource you know... For years now I am thinking about a very effective strong international union. The corporate boards have their country clubs where they discuss labor laws and price control, globalization works except for the workers....
02:49 PM on 12/29/2009
Exactly!!! They've been organizing for decades, scheming and price-fixing wages while using Washington to protect them from the bargaining chip of organized labor.

They are sooooooo afraid of EFCA (so called "card check") because they will no longer legally use intimidation to control votes. Although many will speak out publicly against unions, in fear of repercussion, they will for sure VOTE for a union if given the un-coherced opportunity.

Excellent point - Internationally-linked unions are essential going forward to ensure these fascist corporate mobsters can no longer exploit child slave labor and destroy environments for profit.

Only the bullies need to be afraid of unions.
01:41 PM on 12/29/2009
If EFCA passes, I will volunteer every bit of my spare time organizing and dealing with union busters.

I am very much looking forward to working with them. ;)
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TomFox
01:45 PM on 12/29/2009
While I like your Edward G Robinson avatar, I will be pulling my business away from every company I do business with that engages in union busting or scare tactics...I very much look forward to saving a lot of money.
01:48 PM on 12/29/2009
Glad you decided to support unions, Tom. Welcome aboard!!
01:49 PM on 12/29/2009
Any info on how to volunteer or get involved?
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spinns17
TEAMSTER
02:14 PM on 12/29/2009
pick a union that you are close to ,and tell them you want to help.some will not need help but ask you to come to rallies.
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NickfromCali
wants a better Democrat than Feinstein as my Senat
01:38 PM on 12/29/2009
I think most big business is afraid of unions being able to spend a quarter what they spend in campaign contributions instead of the 10% they now spend.

And PLEASE don't tell me that unions contribute as much to campaigns as big business? I ain't that stupid.
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amaycatbaker
01:29 PM on 12/29/2009
Time to make home made stuff, and where do we get that stuff sold... there is a co-signment shop here, and e-bay.

Or how about more recycling, go to thrift shops, donate... we can't let these bad business practices continue.

By American, make it yourself!
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amaycatbaker
01:35 PM on 12/29/2009
YOu know this is tough for me too, I am all thumbs when it comes to electrical stuff, there has to be a way to vote with our dollars.
01:41 PM on 12/29/2009
Thumbs are underrated, and money is overrated.
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hulagirrrl
02:39 PM on 12/29/2009
Buy American - make it yourself amaycatbaker, you are right, and that is probably the only way you will have it American. Even our produce comes from every corner of the world and you do not even have the right as a consumer to know where your food is coming from.
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amaycatbaker
03:00 PM on 12/29/2009
I know apples are currently from chili, and some produce is currently coming out of brazil. Then in spring we might get New Zealand apples, but you are right. I know because I am actively seeking information. Some people don't have the time. I know I make the time... but others can't.
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cmp1966
03:10 PM on 12/29/2009
There's usually a local farmer's market somewhere - it's worth looking for.
01:27 PM on 12/29/2009
Folks, let's think about some of the retail that is unionized: major grocery stores etc. A close friend of mine's sister works in a unionized grocery store. She works in the deli. She is in her mid 50's and is only allowed to work 12 hrs a week, preventing her from qualifying for company insurance. Her take home pay before taxes is less than $200/wk.

Co-ops are the answer. Let's shop at places owned by us. It really is the only way of getting any corporation to respect their worker's and their customers. Both are seriously lacking today. The unions have also let their worker's down. A contract like I just described is a sick joke for a unionized business. How can they charge dues for those contracts? I also haven't stepped foot in a major grocery chain since I found that out. There are alternatives. Seek them out.
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spinns17
TEAMSTER
01:37 PM on 12/29/2009
union cant do anything today.there told the same thing over and over.if they dont take the contract they will close the company down.so they take something ,rather than get nothing.but its funny everytime this happens .after the contract is signed ,management gets a raise.
01:38 PM on 12/29/2009
WHY is she only allowed to work 12 hours a week?
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spinns17
TEAMSTER
01:42 PM on 12/29/2009
its a part time only shop.
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FoonTheElder
Always choosing between the lesser of two evils
01:06 PM on 12/29/2009
It is just another example of 'follow Walmart'. The shareholders of all retailers look at Walmart and say, if they can abuse their employees and suppliers to make more money, we can do it too.

The only retailer of any size who does not blindly follow the Walmart way is Costco.
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spinns17
TEAMSTER
01:14 PM on 12/29/2009
and what will be the next industry that will follow them? maybe where you work.
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FoonTheElder
Always choosing between the lesser of two evils
01:23 PM on 12/29/2009
I already work in the headquarters office of a national retailer that has been doing this for years. That's how most industries work now days....monopolize or oligopolize.

http://www.harpers.org/archive/2006/07/0081115
http://www.oligopolywatch.com/stories/2003/04/17/definingTheNewOligopoly.html
http://www.oligopolywatch.com/2004/01/05.html
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hulagirrrl
02:44 PM on 12/29/2009
Whenever I shop at Costco I see the same people, working hard and smiling. Friendly and although busy always there to help. I love shopping there, you would think that other stores have people like that, but I just don't see them.
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Eric Penner
Why are you reading this? Do tell!
03:24 PM on 12/29/2009
Agreed. I love Costco; the prices are outstanding, the employees are paid well, and buying in bulk saves loads of money. $50/year membership dues are well worth it!
01:04 PM on 12/29/2009
Wow. Target is anti-union. I specifically shop there to avoid going to the notoriously anti-union Walmart. Now I'll have to shift to Super Kmart of Ultra.
12:40 PM on 12/29/2009
Newsflash.......... When you work in low or unskilled industry such as retail, the wages are also low. If the cart boy/girl at target make 40k a year, its going to significantly drive up the cost of goods sold by target, and significantly reduce the amount of people they employ. The government shouldn't provide any advantages to either labor or business
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spinns17
TEAMSTER
12:44 PM on 12/29/2009
so your saying anyone without a degree should make 9$ an hour, ha.?
12:58 PM on 12/29/2009
What do you think a wage should be for a cart pusher?
12:57 PM on 12/29/2009
no one said you had to pay the cart pusher 40K a year. Unions exist to ensure AMERICANS get paid what they are worth. also to see that we are insured from abuse.
12:59 PM on 12/29/2009
I am not saying that unions shouldn't exist, however it is impossible to unionize unskilled labor without the support of government
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mhazard
Hillary/?2016
02:40 PM on 12/29/2009
Cart pushers are usually students or retired people trying to make extra money. There are no cart pushers who make 40K a year.
12:31 PM on 12/29/2009
hat tip to http://iamned111.blogspot.com/
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spinns17
TEAMSTER
12:16 PM on 12/29/2009
as a union member you dont know what i ,and my fellow workers go thru each day.you would think we were not union.there are so many things they do to union labor today.you would not believe the stuff they pull on us.
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hulagirrrl
02:58 PM on 12/29/2009
Do you have to disclose that you are a member? I really do not know what the rules are.
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12:09 PM on 12/29/2009
Sigh...Sounds like we might have to stop shopping at target. then again, I'm sure that no business in the USA will sign up for more employee wages. I hope the "card-check" bill passes, but WITH a private vote left intact ...we need to give the working/middle classes some power again.
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Aldyth
Advocating for those who cannot defend themselves.
01:37 PM on 12/29/2009
The only objection I have to card check is that there should be a guaranteed secret ballot. People need to be able to cast their vote and not fear repercussions from either side.
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carbolaw
12:09 PM on 12/29/2009
Everyone should read the EPI report by Kate Brofenbrenner to get an appreciation of how pervasive these tactics really are (and how so much of them lead right back to Wal-Mart) - http://www.niu.edu/~rfeurer/labor/Bronfenbrenner%20edc3b3dc172dd1094f_0ym6ii96d.pdf

http://www.epi.org/publications/entry/bp235/
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hulagirrrl
03:01 PM on 12/29/2009
Thanks for posting