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Steve Breen

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  1. Darren Blair

    Darren Blair said, almost 4 years ago

    Nobody’s saying that all unions are bad.
    Rather, individual unions are, through a variety of factors, causing more harm than good.
    For example, a number of individual education unions have put “protecting their employees” over “reforms”. Because of this, incompetent teachers and teachers who are not up to date are allowed to remain in their positions because the union doesn’t want to admit they aren’t suitable for the job. So long as these teachers remain in their jobs, kids won’t be learning what they need to learn and schools will continue to fail.

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 4 years ago

    The trend of more working hours for less compensation has been going on since the mid 1970’s. It is not a new thing since President Obama’s election. Even with your relative lack of American historical knowledge, you ought to know that.

    Besides, it is even modern unions that have tried (unfortunately with relatively little success against big business) to reverse, or even slow this trend.

    It IS this (and not the policies of ANY particular president) that has been steadily pushing the middle class into the working poor!!

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    Unions have done much since their inception to earn the disregard of the general public, especially those who do not understand how and why the need for unions began. The good unions do far outweighs the bad, but like any political organization giving too much power to too few people, it is easily swayed from its purpose. Like the Congress it lobbys and donates to as do so many others.
    The CEOs of several companies have taken Romney’s on tape advice to warn their employees their jobs are at risk if Obama is elected.
    At least unions can’t do that.
    We are also creating a prison labor force that works cheaper than people do in China that is competing with Americans looking for a living wage.
    Unions are trying to stop that too. Creating an industry based on keeping Americans incarcerated is evil.

  4. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 4 years ago

    My grandfather died because there was no union in the mine where he worked.

  5. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, almost 4 years ago

    Howie, that would be proof that we need MORE union power. People to stand up to the corporations who are laying off workers for the sole purpose of increasing executive pay (every million in bonus money is equivalent to 20 50k jobs). There is a lawsuit against Rite-Aid now because once an employee accepted the assistant manager salary position, they were subjected to unlimited hours of the same menial work as before, and the hourly rate essentially became lower than a base employee.

  6. Quipss

    Quipss said, almost 4 years ago

    Now under free market premises the plausible reasoning for this is that there are other companies your skilled employees can transfer into, once the market is monopolized you can do whatever you want.

    Chinese workers are banned from elected unions

    Union shredding occurs in Thailand, India

    And to a large degree unionized workers have seen their wages grow with inflation whereas non unionized workers saw stagnation in wages

  7. Quipss

    Quipss said, almost 4 years ago

    @Darren Blair

    Good point, Unions in some companies can prove a valuable asset where in others a heavy liability. Optimally they can work against arbitrary procedures that frustrate employees and thus increase efficiency, work to improve safety as to reduce workers compensation and increase productivity and to negotiate wages to a reasonable level based on profits.
    Unfortunately as with that said you do see other unions where the goal is to antagonize the managers and prevent mobility.

  8. indieme

    indieme GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    When did Dorothy become a corporation, my friend?

  9. Quipss

    Quipss said, almost 4 years ago

    Because during the financial crisis many companies were foreclosed upon by the banks. From that point the employees could no longer spend money and thus had their homes foreclosed and lacked the ability to stimulate economy thus causing other companies to shed jobs
    The standards for welfare and for food stamps did not change under Obama to suddenly become the jackpot, it is because of external factors (perhaps the largest market crash since the depression might have something to do with it)
    Finally if you wish to compare to stagflation in the 80’s the cause and solution was the Federal Reserve * a private organization* spiking interest rates to 23%

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Grew up in an “anti-union” family. When I DID “grow up” ended up being a union steward for a while, and regained some CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS for folks the “administration” was trying to take away. (won the case before SCOTUS)

    The United Mine Workers was formed for worker safety, and did a good job. Yes, Hoffa, and some others, were crooks, but a minority smaller than the proportion of corrupt CEO’s in “business”.

    I also find it amusing that every time a “right winger” tries to point out how much better off even the “poor” in the U.S are compared to “overseas”, they never mention that those crappy countries are the ones that are NON-UNION, with slave shops, long hours, poor safety, and much lower life expectancies for workers. (They’re also the ones U.S. corporations under the “Bain model”, shipped our jobs to!!)

  11. spyderred

    spyderred said, almost 4 years ago

    Well put, dtroutma

  12. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, almost 4 years ago


    So no union miners ever die??
    Condolences on your grandfather.

  13. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, almost 4 years ago


    NO it is not. one 50k job costs the company far more than 50k. you know that. Exempt and non exempt are carefully defined by law, if Rite Aid is wrong I hope they lose, but if not then the law needs to be changed. Do not blame the company for following the law.

  14. indieme

    indieme GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Money is well organized. Labor is taking it in the neck. Who’s side are you on?

  15. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, almost 4 years ago


    Ok, we’ll go with 15 jobs per million. The point is, cost cutting is no longer about keeping a company afloat as it is protecting bonuses. Bonus money is now considered guaranteed at the beginning of the quarter, and budgets are built around that. If profits fall short, the bonuses are not touched. Kind of the opposite of how a small business operates, where a bonus is given after all expenses are paid. Circuit City was a victim of this practice, Home Depot almost was. In my work, I watched all of the engineers get fired, and then the companies scrambled for us when the technology needed updated. Since we have no union, now each of us does what was the work of five or more people at each job. Now even benefits and travel expenses have been cut out, so a career that once left us with plenty of extra cash is now costing us more than it’s worth. Unionizing is out of the question, because there are plenty of engineers from India, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines waiting to fill our shoes who have no problem with 80 hour work weeks.

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