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Unions Make the Middle Class. Without Unions, the Middle Class Withers.

 
 
revelette3
 
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Reply Wed 18 Dec, 2019 09:52 am
@Real Music,
Huh, amazing what a motivating factor can add to a cause which is otherwise, kind of ignored. I don't normally go all in for this DNC bashing, some of it is ridiculous. But does anyone think Tom Perez would normally go all in to help settle a uinion labor dispute at a university at any other time?

But good for them, the workers have gotten better compensation, health care cost and job security, lucky the debates were going to be held there.
RABEL222
 
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Reply Wed 18 Dec, 2019 02:48 pm
Does anyone know what the union employees wanted and did the democtatics get then something close to what they wanted or did the party big wigs force a contract on them in order to have their so called debate. Its stupid to call this a debate when 10 people are all trying to get their points across. The party has a death wish and are helping the republicans more than the Russians with their stupid games.
Real Music
 
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Reply Wed 18 Dec, 2019 06:53 pm
@revelette3,
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Huh, amazing what a motivating factor can add to a cause which is otherwise, kind of ignored. I don't normally go all in for this DNC bashing, some of it is ridiculous. But does anyone think Tom Perez would normally go all in to help settle a uinion labor dispute at a university at any other time?

1. Considering that there could be labor disputes at any time anywhere throughout the nation, Tom Perez would not be expected to (personally) get involve in each labor dispute.

2. Obviously, Tom Perez would have to get directly involve with this particular Labor dispute because that will be the location of the next debate.

3. Being that Tom Perez is the chairman of the DNC, anything that can affect the DNC debates is his responsibility to address.

4. That is why he had to (personally) get involve in this particular labor dispute.
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Real Music
 
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Reply Wed 18 Dec, 2019 07:11 pm
@RABEL222,
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Does anyone know what the union employees wanted and did the democtatics get then something close to what they wanted or did the party big wigs force a contract on them in order to have their so called debate.

1. The Democratic National Committee and its chairman, Tom Perez, stepped in to help with the negotiations.

2. The agreement reached, according to a statement by Unite Here, will give workers a 25% compensation increase, cut their health care costs by 50% and increase their job security.




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Its stupid to call this a debate when 10 people are all trying to get their points across.

1. I thought the current number of candidates who qualified for the next debate was 7.

2. Why would you call a debate with candidates trying to get there point across stupid?

3. Are you saying that debates should not have candidates trying to get there point across?
RABEL222
 
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Reply Wed 18 Dec, 2019 11:51 pm
@Real Music,
My question wasn't answered. Did the members get what they wanted or were they forced to accept this contract so the debate? Could go on. I don't consider a 10 or 7 person discussion a debate.
Real Music
 
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Reply Thu 19 Dec, 2019 09:26 pm
@RABEL222,
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My question wasn't answered. Did the members get what they wanted or were they forced to accept this contract so the debate?
I don't know the answer to this question.


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I don't consider a 10 or 7 person discussion a debate.
1. Why not?

2. Do you have an issue with the number of candidates in the debate?

3. Or is it the format of the debate?
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Real Music
 
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Reply Sun 11 Jul, 2021 02:19 pm
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Real Music
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 11:35 pm
American Workers Gain Upper Hand To Demand Better Working Conditions.

Robert Reich, former Clinton administration labor secretary, discusses the recent increase in
labor union strikes and how the pandemic and circumstances with the U.S. supply chain have
given workers new leverage and incentive to insist on better pay and working conditions.

Published: Oct 15, 2021

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Real Music
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 11:46 pm
Hollywood union IATSE reaches deal to avoid strike | ABC7 Los Angeles.

Local businesses are breathing a sigh of relief after the union for many Hollywood production
workers called off a strike that was set for Monday.

Published: Oct 18, 2021

engineer
 
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Reply Tue 19 Oct, 2021 06:45 am
@Real Music,
Definitely true here as we have a large local film industry. This particular case highlights another feature of unions. Unions don't just fight for pay, they fight for working conditions and a lot of the issues the IATSE had were around treatment of workers.
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Real Music
 
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Reply Thu 28 Oct, 2021 11:11 pm
Amazon Labor Union Pres. on ‘milestone’ in unionization efforts.

Christian Smalls, President of the Amazon Labor Union, joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss
NY Amazon workers’ unionization efforts.

Published: Oct 26, 2021

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Real Music
 
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Reply Tue 28 Dec, 2021 01:11 am
Amazon unionization efforts get a boost under a settlement with U.S. labor board.

Published: December 23, 2021

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NEW YORK — Under pressure to improve worker rights, Amazon has reached a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board to allow its employees to freely organize — and without retaliation.

According to the settlement, the online behemoth Amazon said it would reach out to its warehouse workers — former and current — via email who were on the job anytime from March 22 to now to notify them of their organizing rights. The settlement outlines that Amazon workers, which number 750,000 in the U.S., have more room to organize within the buildings. For example, Amazon pledged it will not threaten workers with discipline or call the police when they are engaging in union activity in exterior non-work areas during non-work time.

According to the terms of the settlement, the labor board will be able to more easily sue Amazon— without going through a laborious process of administrative hearings — if it found that the online company reneged on its agreement.

"Whether a company has 10 employees or a million employees, it must abide by the National Labor Relations Act," said NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo, in a statement. "This settlement agreement provides a crucial commitment from Amazon to millions of its workers across the United States that it will not interfere with their right to act collectively to improve their workplace by forming a union or taking other collective action."

She added that "working people should know that the National Labor Relations Board will vigorously seek to ensure Amazon's compliance with the settlement and continue to defend the labor rights of all workers."

Amazon.com Inc., based in Seattle, couldn't be reached immediately for comment.

A labor scholar says the settlement is a big step by Amazon

Kent Wong, the director of the UCLA Labor Center, called the settlement "unprecedented" and said it represents a sea change in attitude at Amazon, which is known to deploy fierce measures against union activity at its warehouses.

"Amazon has been very consistent in holding a strong anti-union position, " Wong said. "This opens up a new opportunities for unionization there as well as at other companies."

Wong noted that the settlement comes as Amazon, the nation's second-largest private employer after Walmart, is on a hiring binge while facing organizing efforts at warehouses in Alabama and New York.

In November, the labor board ordered a new union election for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, based on objections to the first vote that took place in April. The move was a blow to Amazon, which spent about a year aggressively campaigning for the Bessemer warehouse workers to reject the union, which they ultimately did by a wide margin. The board had not yet determined the date for the second election, and it hasn't determined whether it will be conducted in person or by mail.

The campaign is being spearheaded by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Amazon Labor Union, an independent group representing workers in New York's Staten Island borough, refiled its petition for a union election. The group of workers withdrew its first petition in mid-November to hold a vote to unionize after falling behind the adequate number of workers pledging support. Former Amazon employee Christian Smalls is organizing the effort in Staten Island without the help of a national sponsor.

The organizing drive is also happening during a moment of reckoning across Corporate America as the pandemic and ensuing labor shortage has given employees more leverage to fight for better working conditions and pay. Workers have staged strikes at Kellogg's U.S. cereal plants as well as at Deere & Co., to name a few.


https://www.npr.org/2021/12/23/1067698799/amazon-nlrb-union
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