Unions are hated by many conservatives (that includes the Republican Party, Libertarians, and a number of corporate Democrats) because unions represent workers, as opposed to [who many conservatives represent]- big business and big/Wall Street money interests. In addition, unions are hated by conservatives because they usually support the Democratic Party (however, there are union members who vote for Republicans). So, unions represent workers, who in turn, usually support Democrats. Destroy unions, who represent workers ... you help destroy the Democratic Party. -
These conservatives forget it was the firefighters and police (who were members of unions) who gave their lives on 9/11.
Many public employees live in the communities/cities where they serve, and this creates a special bond between the residents and public employees. If you live where you work, you tend to care more about that city/community.
In regards to unions in the private sector: Don't be fooled by rhetoric that says corporations are outsourcing (to other countries) because of unions.
Labor unions in the United States now make up only 7.6% of the private workforce, yet corporations continue to outsource.
Many major U.S. corporations and multinational corporations are simply motivated by, and totally focused on profits. How do you increase corporate profits?
The first thing corporate management looks at is reducing labor costs. Do they go overboard? We think yes, ... instead of looking at what's good for the city/state/country/world where the sell their products or services, they choose to exploit labor (they look for cheap labor)... A living wage or raising the standard of living doesn't enter into the discussion (even though doing so would ultimately benefit them).
Corporations compete among themselves for the best talent in specialized fields; however, if they could automate every job/function of the corporation today, they would do it. This kind of thinking is devastating to all societies.
Where are our urban planners? We need urban planners and honest politicians to create plans and policies that help lift the standard of living for everyone; and we need them to promote and create an attractive, peaceful, healthy, and productive environment.
The only organizations that consistently fight for worker's rights, benefits and a living wage are unions. Are unions perfect? ... No ... No organization is. ... But you have a choice ... You can bash unions who have consistently represented (and fought for) the worker (you), or side with those who are corporate shills.
[We stand with unions all over this world (and there are many). We also ask that they form one cohesive worldwide organization that represents each and every one of those individual unions/us]. One focus of that worldwide body should be ... a global base wage for each industry (so large corporations would no longer be able to exploit cheap labor).-
DNC Expands Role In Labor Protests To Ohio, Indiana
Walker denies favoring police, fire unions - JSOnline February 13, 2011
Scrooge and Marley, Inc. -- The True Conservative Agenda by Thom Hartmann, June 16, 2004
AlterNet: Right-Wingers Using Public Employees as 21st-Century Welfare Queens by Joshua Holland (just learned that the police and firefighters will not be giving up their collective bargaining rights)
**Privatization Doesn't Pay! (UE's Information for Workers)
The Rachel Maddow Show:
Why the GOP is OK with federal job loses
The Ed Show (February 16, 2011 videos):
Other Ed Show videos about Wisconsin public employees - February 15 and 16, 2011:
Why Wisconsin union fight matters (Feb 15, 2011) - includes our Gov. Kasich's
remarks, and John Nichols remarks
Media absent in Coverage of Liberal Movements
Wisconsin budget crisis is a myth
Boehner on lost jobs: "So be it"(February 15, 2011)
Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York - FDNY | Homepage
Stop the Lies About Public Workers
EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT (EFCA)
Degrees and Dollars - NYTimes.com by Paul Krugman, March 6, 2011
10 Developments in the Huge Story of Wisconsin's Uprising | | AlterNet by Joshua Holland, February 21, 2011
rebelpleb: The Real Story Behind the Battle in Wisconsin by Carl Mumm and Kristine Mattis, Feb. 20, 2011 [Love this post]******
Exposing the Republicans' 3-Part Strategy to Tear the Middle Class Apart -- Let's Stop Them in Wisconsin | | AlterNet by Robert Reich, February 20, 2011
Robert Kuttner: Wisconsin's Tunisia Moment by Robert Kuttner, February 20, 2011
GOP pushes big oil over Big Bird (February 16, 2011)
Robert Reich: The Shameful Attack on Public Employees by Robert Reich, January 5, 2011
THIS IS THE REAL JOHN BOEHNER, November 20, 2010
What is the future of the American Dream? April 23, 2010
Labor Pains - Bill Moyers Journal, September 18, 2009
Bill Moyers Journal August 29, 2008
Expose: Worker's Safety, June 27, 2008
Undoing the Great Risk Shift, or, Saving Capitalism from Itself, Again September 17, 2004