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  •  I think there needs to be a "Everyone Union" (3+ / 0-)
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    I like the Benefits Union idea, but I work for a company with 5 employees.  My boss is my friend.  I wouldn't want a union and don't need a union, but that doesn't mean I can't belong to a union.  I think there should be a "Union of Unaffiliated Workers" that can provide a means of getting benefits, lobbying the state and federal government to look out for all laborers needs.  If somehow, enough people sign up for this union that work at the same place, maybe this is a way to force a "Union" vote and establish a negotiating union with that company.  But those people could still be members of the Unaffiliated Workers Union all the same.  The only requirement is you pay your membership dues.  It's kind of like joining the NRA.  We can elect the President of the Union, have conventions and all those fun things, but the import thing is using social media for organizing.  Have significant Facebook presence and Twitter presence and grow viral-y.  I'd join in a flash and I'm sure there are hundreds of thousands if not millions of workers who would join too.  It shouldn't just be a Progressive Union, but have workers progressive positions and try to bring income inequity down and workers salaries up.  We also need a retirement safety net, which a union could provide.  All these things unions do, but it is stupid that I can only join if I work at a GM plant.  And this way, you get around the right to work laws.  In this case, it is a right to organize, which the constitution guarantees.  I also think we should take lessons from Norquist and friends and maybe have a "Worker's Pledge" that we get politicians to sign.  We don't want to be as draconian as Norquist, but make politicians accountable to workers.  It is about time.

    "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength", George Orwell, "1984" -7.63 -5.95

    by dangoch on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 01:28:40 PM PST

    •  What I would love to see is a clear framework (1+ / 0-)
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      of growth in which there is a voted on power structure before dues paying starts happening. Say the first step of membership is learning to work social media to effect change. Second step is becoming part of the media team. Third step is developing collective self governance. Fourth step, voting on leaders. Finally, after lots of people have skin in the game because of their efforts and clear transparency has been established then dues are agreed upon.

      Money corrupts. Inattention corrupts. And we want people joining in and feeling empowered. We need to acknowledge that in any collective group we build... you know, IMO.

      Poverty = politics.

      by Renee on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 03:47:08 PM PST

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