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Thursday, March 22, 2012

What has a labor union ever done for you (even if you never join one)?


5 comments:

Ana Tinta COM 101-4080 said...

Exactly Frederick Douglass, now and days people have to demand. As times passes, there will only be more and more demanding.

Anonymous said...

very true! thank you for sharing

Kristian Magtanong
Com 101
section 4049

Anonymous said...

Whether you believe in the current state of labor unions or not people should at least appreciate the workplace benefits that majority of people now recieve due to the labor unions of the past.

Jesse Steele
Com 101
Section 4080

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately many people do not think unions do anything for them if they didnt specifically save their own butt at work. They fail to realize how it helps organizations as a whole. For example at TSA many of us have been fighting for a union for the past 10 years because we have been so badly treated by management and have been given very little rights and little pay. With laws placed after 9/11 it made it so the agency could hire fire and punish at will. They made their own policies on how and when we were able to use our paid leave. They fail to follow basic labor laws on a regular basis. Many workershave been fired for no apparent reason and has juat made all the workers terrified of management.The union has been fighting with us all along but officially stepped in late last year and has been on a long road to help bring us basic benefits and ensuring management is held accountable for their actions and treating the workforce fair.

Many criticize unions without realizing many of their basic work rights throughout the country now were brought about by stubborn unions who believed Americans have rights in the workplace and will fight for them with all their power.

I saw a commercial for station casinos who say the workforce do not want a union but the "big union bullies" keep harrassing them and that unions are a bad thing. I agree if an organization as a whole feels they do not need a union, good for them. But it does not mean unions are a bad thing and should be dismissed all together. There are too many organizations who need someone on their side and fighting for their rights and needs because the company treats their workers unfairly.

Krystle Gerber
Com 101 4080
MOn 6-850

fred said...

Very powerful post. I am not shock that it was a Frederick Douglas quote especially considering that he had to fight for everything that he earned in his life. He was a great leader and in many ways he has inspired me.