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  •  Wonderful goals, but (0+ / 0-)
    - That every campaign, offensive or defensive, must demonstrate to and show average workers the power that is possible to achieve in collective or concerted action.
    Since public sector unions have access to power not available to private sector unions, how can they do this?  

    The benefits gained by public sector unions are paid for by private sector productivity, and those workers cannot gain from increasing the pay and benefits of public workers.

    Religion gives men the strength to do what should not be done.

    by bobtmn on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 11:15:06 AM PST

    •  A response to bobtmn (0+ / 0-)

      The truth is that almost all workers in America have suffered 35 years of stagnant wages. In fact, public workers in 22 states do not have bargaining rights, grievance procedures or dues checkoff. I know because I organized such workers in Georgia, and we still built a vibrant union of 7000 workers. It is a pernicious myth that undermines solidarity that somehow public sector unions have it better that private sector unions. This is not a competition for who suffers the most. It should be a struggle in solidarity to save the economy by saving unions and the working class and middle class. For example, I don't know anyone who works harder and suffers more than a public sector worker who chases a trash truck all day or climbs down in sewer manholes (I did) to unclog a city's mainline.

      To the main point, we can no longer afford to argue behind closed doors. And I'm not arguing for more strikes - only for struggles that recruit others whose help we need that allow us to show non-union workers that their daily indignities are not inevitable.

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