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  •  far away and long ago (11+ / 0-)

    talk to a young person lately?  the history they don't know, were never taught, is staggering.  They think "the weekend" is a divine right.  And what are their jobs? few work at a "forever" job.  They live in the moment, knowing nothing of loyalty either to or from a company.  Most of them assume, and i might add rightly, that there will never come a time when they will be "there", satisfied and comfortable.  

    My generation planted roots. settled in and built a life.  Our dreams were security, for ourselves and the families. We rose thru the ranks, garnered "senority".  knew that if we put our nose to the grindstone someday we could enjoy our ease, the respect of others.  

    Knowing that these young people's coming of age was 9/11, only war and homeland security, not job security. That a piece of paper and your "network" signifies your worthiness and merit means nothing.  That wall street profits are the end all.  How can you expect them to
    act on unionization, when they know nothing about
    why they could need one.  But alas a time is coming soon
    when they all will google how it's done

    •  These days (6+ / 0-)

      it is clear to me through jobs I have worked in several industries that there is no longer a system in place to rise through the ranks.

      This applies even to companies that would be considered very liberal like the food co op I manage. I have an opening currently for a assistant manager. I would like to promote from with in but the board thinks hiring from the outside is better but of course the people who work there can apply I'm just not allowed to post the job opening so they can find out about it.............

      It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

      by PSWaterspirit on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:27:28 AM PST

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    •  Why would anyone have loyalty *to* (1+ / 0-)
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      a company.  They're out for profit and nothing else.

      How can you expect them to
      act on unionization, when they know nothing about
      why they could need one.
      Only because the unions we have are broken and weak.  Give people the chance to have an effective union and they'll jump on it.

      You need to meet more young people.

      •  And They Want to Be Rid of You When You Become (1+ / 0-)
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        too skilled or old.

        You'd think they'd lobby FOR national health so that their employees would be happy to leave as early as possible.

        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 Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:56:47 AM PST

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    •  I'm happy to say that my grandson (20-something) (2+ / 0-)
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      3goldens, NancyWH

      fully understands the need for "collective-bargaining" powers and supports them wholeheartedly.

      ...but in his case, that may just be a genetic thing

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:00:58 PM PST

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