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  •  how is forced, unpaid participation in (4+ / 0-)
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    a partisan political advertisement legal? I'm pretty sure unpaid coercion into partisan politics violates the constitution.

    Socialist Fuckstick No. 308273

    by culturejammer on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 03:51:47 PM PDT

    •  In a perfect world... (1+ / 0-)
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      This sort of thing would be illegal. Unions are one of the very few protections that workers have against such exploitation. It's my understanding that this mine did not have unionized workers.

      In what I've come to see as freefall capitalism in the US, the logic is that of course miners do not have to do this sort of thing! They can always quit their jobs. This is the same logic used in so-called Right To Work states, generally.

      (Nevermind that finding another job by which one could support oneself, and one's family, is still damn tough these days, in most parts of the country...)

      (Right To Work = Right To Own Workers, they just forgot one word...)

      "Fast, Cheap, and Good... pick two." - director Jim Jarmusch

      by AnnCetera on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:43:57 AM PDT

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