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  •  That's one of the reasons why they privatized (3+ / 0-)
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    marina, slippytoad, sfbob

    St. Ronnie and his friends. Thus, unions have been crushed, and as a result, the middle class is being eliminated. Thanks a lot!

    "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

    by Crider on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 08:23:45 AM PDT

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    •  Ronald Reagan was an enemy of this country (2+ / 0-)
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      He worked long and hard at fucking us over.   We are still cleaning up that idiot's mess and he's been out of office for 25 years and dead for almost 10.

    •  Reagan did a lot of damage but.. (0+ / 0-)

      The turning point in public support for unions was the illegal PATCO strike.   Unionized air traffic controllers had the power to essentially shut the country down, and they chose to use it, even though it was illegal.    It is an extreme example of a union having too much power, and abusing it.

      After PATCO, public opinion turned against public unions, and support for private unions gradually decayed.

      Although there were 39 illegal work stoppages against the federal government between 1962 and 1981, no significant federal job actions followed Reagan’s firing of the Patco strikers.
      PATCO overstepped, Reagan resisted, it made him a "hero"  and the private sector union movement paid the price.

      So, don't thank me, thank PATCO.

    •  PATCO supported Reagan in 1980 (0+ / 0-)

      PATCO is a great example of what is wrong with public unions.   Many Kos'ers argue that public unions are "Progressive", yet in 1980 many unions, including PATCO, supported Reagan.

      Not only did he court and win Patco’s endorsement during his 1980 campaign, he directed his negotiators to go beyond his legal authority to offer controllers a pay raise before their strike — the first time a president had ever offered so much to a federal employees’ union.

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