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  •  Well, I was joking, but then (3+ / 0-)
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    I started thinking about it. What if unions ran lotteries? I'm sure some laws would have to be changed. But what if?

    If good old fashioned Solidarity Unionism had been a long term plan, compulsory dues would not have been necessary. When did it die out, because I sure never saw any of it when I was represented by AFSCME in Michigan in the late 60s. Unions in the University of Michigan, where I worked, frequently had disputes with each other that even resulted in picket lines occasionally.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 04:35:15 PM PST

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    •  Thing is Lotto is a Small Payment for Virtually No (7+ / 0-)

      chance at a jackpot. Union fee is a modest payment for a certainly bigger paycheck every week.

      Who could sell such a ridiculous deal?

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 04:37:49 PM PST

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      •  No, not quite what I meant. (0+ / 0-)

        Part of the lottery sales would fund the union, the other part would go into a jackpot.

        Just trying to think outside the box a little and see if in the real world I could come up with something that would make paying for the union more attractive than it seems to be at present.

        From this site, it looks like the income derived from the 380,000 members of the UAW is about $27 a month per member, on average, or about 90 cents a day. Or one lottery ticket a day, more or less.

        It's not a huge amount of money in any case, but sell it as a lotto and it might work better than calling it a "Per Person Tax" as the website seems to call it. Buy two a day and you end up paying the same as the dues plus funding another 140 million per year more or less.

        Just a thought.

        Moderation in most things.

        by billmosby on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 07:01:59 PM PST

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    •  When I was a 49er we payed our own dues. (6+ / 0-)

      (IUOE) We were proud to do it.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Dec: Life so cheap; property so sacred.

      by JayRaye on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 04:41:09 PM PST

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      •  I would be, too. (1+ / 0-)
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        notrouble

        I wish more people felt that way. But it seems there are plenty of moochers, I was trying to think of a way around that since we seem to be getting deeper into "right to mooch" territory with each passing year.

        Moderation in most things.

        by billmosby on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 07:03:36 PM PST

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