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  1. Bro

    Bro Namaste Gold

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    Michigan legislators are ramming right to work down the states throat. They are ramming it in now while republicans have the power to do so.

    False Claims, False Promises: Why “Right to Work” Is Wrong for Everyone

    The facts below illustrate why right to work is wrong for workers, businesses, and our economy.


    Wrong for workers

    These laws drive down wages for all workers, including non-union members, women, and people of color.
    Workers living in right-to-work states earn about $1,500 less per year than workers in states without these laws. The wage penalty is even higher for women and workers of color.
    (http://www.epi.org/publication/bp299/)


    Workers in right-to-work states are less likely to have health insurance.
    The rate of employer-sponsored health insurance for workers in right-to-work states is 2.6 percentage points lower than in states without these restrictions.
    (http://www.epi.org/publication/bp299/)


    Right to work makes workplaces more dangerous.
    According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of workplace deaths is 52.9 percent higher in right-to-work states.
    (http://www.aflcio.org/issues/safety/memorial/upload/dotj_2010.pdf)


    Wrong for businesses

    Right-to-work laws do not improve business conditions in states.
    (http://www.bepress.com/rle/vol5/iss1/art25/)


    Right to work is not a deciding factor in where businesses locate.
    (http://www.areadevelopment.com/Annu...-annual-corporate-executive-survey48843.shtml)


    High-tech companies that provide good-paying, American jobs favor states where unions have a strong presence, because unions provide a high-skilled workforce and decrease turnover.
    (http://www.itif.org/files/2010-state-new-economy-index.pdf)


    Wrong for the economy

    Communities lose jobs when wages are lowered by right to work.
    The Economic Policy Institute estimates that for every $1 million in wage cuts, the local economy sheds six jobs.
    (http://www.epi.org/publication/working-hard-indiana-bad-tortured-uphill/)


    Right to work does not improve the employment rate.
    In fact, eight of the 12 states with the highest unemployment rates have right-to-work laws on the books.
    (http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm)


    According to a report from Ohio University, these laws actually led to a decrease in employment in certain industries.
    (http://econpapers.repec.org/article/sejancoec/v_3a73_3a2_3ay_3a2006_3ap_3a402-418.htm)


    Right to work proponents are wrong

    Right-to-work supporters hide behind the claim that right to work protects workers who don’t want to join a union or agree with a union’s politics.
    But federal labor law already protects workers who don’t want to join a union or make political contributions.


    Right to work’s true purpose is to hurt the ability of unions to advocate for all workers and serve as a check on corporate greed.
     
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    Who’s behind right to work?

    Ignoring the facts about “right-to-work,†far-right politicians across the country are promoting these deceptive policies as payback to their Big Business donors. By weakening workers’ ability to have a say about their job, right to work weakens unions’ ability to serve as an advocate for all workers and a check against corporate greed.

    Without solid evidence to back their claims, the politicians advancing right-to-work legislation depend on a coordinated network of extremist right-wing groups to provide resources, research, and an echo chamber that pave the way for right to work.

    The most well-known of these cash-flush special interest groups include the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Right to Work Committee. Read on to learn more about the groups working overtime to make every state a right-to-work state.

    ALEC
    Right to work has gained some momentum as result of the collusion between Big Business and allied lawmakers involved in ALEC, an established conservative group backed by corporate special interests that peddles influence with state legislators. While much of its work has gone on behind closed doors, several media outlets and the Center for Media and Democracy have recently exposed how ALEC operates, peeling back the curtain on the significant political influence it wields at the state level. ALEC gives companies and politicians a shared role in developing its legislative prototypes, which are then introduced in copycat fashion by its members in legislatures nationwide. As part of its extremist agenda, ALEC and its members aim to limit the rights of workers and their unions through initiatives such as right to work. Check out Progress Missouri’s ALEC exposé, which reveals just how similar Missouri’s proposed right-to-work bill is to ALEC’s draft legislation.

    In the ultimate irony, ALEC gives corporations a voice and a vote in order to rob workers of theirs. ALEC’s leadership and membership include executives from corporations like Comcast and Walmart that are notorious for their low-wage, anti-worker business practices. ALEC is also tied to heavy hitters in the Tea Party movement, like the billionaire Koch brothers, who channel their vast wealth to far-right groups and politicians and helped orchestrate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s repeal of public employees’ collective bargaining rights.

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    As the nation’s most powerful lobbying group, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has made right to work one of its top priorities. The U.S. Chamber and its state affiliates have issued misleading reports, launched PR blitzes, and used their lobbying muscle to advance right-to-work legislation across the country. Like ALEC, corporations funnel money to the prominent lobbying force to promote their agenda in Congress and in the states. The U.S. Chamber has been campaigning against unions, fair labor practices, increases in the minimum wage, and legal protections for America’s workers for nearly a century.

    While the Chamber advocates that workers benefiting from a union contract should not have to pay the union any fees, the Chamber does not appear to hold itself to the same standards. Click here to view a local Chamber’s double standard on right to work, which surfaced when the area’s union Building Trades Council inquired whether it would be possible to be a member of the Chamber but not pay dues. The Chamber responded that “It would be against Chamber by-laws and policy to consider any organization or business a member without dues being paid. The vast majority of the Chamber’s annual revenues come from member dues, and it would be unfair to the other members to allow an organization not paying dues to be included in member benefits.â€


    National Right to Work
    The National Right to Work Committee and its legal arm, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, are longtime proponents of right to work. The group claims to be a “worker advocate,†but an examination of its press releases issued between 2003 and 2005 showed no reference to any attempt to improve benefits or working conditions for workers; and only one mention of increasing wages. Meanwhile, the organization continuously pushes reports with outdated and flawed information to advance right to work. National Right to Work refuses to disclose its donors. However, like ALEC, the group has connections to the ultra-conservative Koch brothers.


    What About Corporations?
    In addition to hiding behind these special-interest groups, thanks to Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, corporations have significant leeway to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to influence elections and policy—without having to disclose their role. Since that landmark decision, record sums of money have been spent by outside groups to scale back protections for workers, and it is no coincidence that right to work has recently gained momentum.

    Despite the challenges of tracking specific businesses and donors that are involved in promoting right to work, it’s clear that those behind these efforts have deep pockets. In 2012, Indiana’s airwaves were flooded with ads for right to work featuring top Republican lawmakers, who refused to share how the ads were funded. Public records reveal that the Indiana Opportunity Fund, a group founded by Republican activist Jim Bopp, spent $600,000 on ad buys. With laws granting anonymity to his donors, Bopp wouldn’t disclose where the money came from.

    http://www.wrongforeveryone.com/more-facts-on-right-to-work/
     
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    Freedom > Unions :yay:
     
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    Corporate greed is taking away your freedoms mathew. Wake up.
     
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    Your freedoms are being bought by wealthy organizations that don't have to reveal who their donors are.
     
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    Capitalism :yay:

    Unions :nono:
     
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    that was mean; i was just fucking with you Bud :flowers:


    both capitalism and unions are :nono:
     
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    Fighting with Anti-Unions people/groups is usually a lost cause to begin with as they are too stupid to see the countless failed decisions from the company and somehow equate normal pay and normal benefits with being "unfair"

    Twinkies is a perfect example. Workers take massive cuts multiple times, Execs take bonuses and raises, companies goes through multiple bankruptcies....and b/c the Union won't take another round of massive cuts, it is their fault the business went under?

    Good lord, those people find new ways to dumb down this country with stupidity.
     
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    yeah, like seeing reality for what it is. reality. the baker's union killed Hostess. if you prefer, they delivered the coup de grace.
     
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    i can just hear them now "they can't make it without us! we bake the twinkies! we are irreplaceable! we have a contract! they can't fire all of us!"
     
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    And here is a perfect example.

    Discuss bankruptcies? Nah
    Exec raises? Nah
    Previous Union Cuts? Nah

    "It just is"

    Brilliant.
     
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    bankruptcies that are necessary to cast off the union contracts choking the company? those bankruptcies?

    or the $1 executive salaries? excessive?

    maybe the unions fucked up and killed the Hostess :dontknow:
     
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    Republicans are using right to work as a political move. They're not interested in the workers. They're main objective is to dismantle organized labor which is the democratic base.

    Eliminate the opposition and secure the election at the cost of the working man.
     
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    Oh, is that why the Executives got raises less than a year before they filed for bankruptcy for the final time?
     
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    The business was dying. The workers voted to walk out rather than take another round of cuts.

    Would you work for free to keep your company afloat while execs get paid bonuses? Ask yourself.
     
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    unions = organized labor = labor party = communist

    sorry bud, but deep down you know it's true
     
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    BINGO!!!

    And guaranteed 100% they will point the finger at the Left.

    Texas is a notorious "right to work" state, and is a very Orwellian term, to put it mildly....
     
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    So Fascism is preferable in your eyes?
     
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    facism = nazis = national socialism = socialism = communist
     
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    yup, you got it; the facists and the communists fought each other not over idealogical grounds, but over resources

    imagine that. fighting wars for greed.
     

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