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  •  Yep, that's true. If every fast food (1+ / 0-)
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    job in NYC all of the sudden paid $11, workers in general would benefit. Just not the workers who are there now.

    •  That's a worst case scenario (0+ / 0-)

      If strikes always worked out that way, nobody would ever strike unless they were already at the highest skill/pay range for hourly workers.

      •  Strikes only work when labor (0+ / 0-)

        has leverage. If there are an endless number of people who can and will do your job, companies have no reason to cave in to a strike; just fire the workers and bring in new ones. That is why it is critical to have a job that requires skills, so employers can't replace you so easily.

        •  "Just fire the workers" (3+ / 0-)
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          FloridaSNMOM, fuzzyguy, misterwade

          Well, there was at least a time when firing striking workers was, you know, illegal. Maybe, just maybe, all those progressives at the Great Orange Satan can ask this allegedly pro-labor president that we all voted for to protect people's right to organize.

          "As the madmen play on words, and make us all dance to their song / to the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun..." -- Iron Maiden

          by Lost Left Coaster on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:28:18 AM PST

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