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  •  back to basics (3+ / 0-)
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    BMarshall, Webster, kraant

    The essence of the union is not political clout, but organizing.  In that sense, many of today's unions have neglected themselves.  

    The tragedy of the decline of unions is that generations of American kids are not growing up like I did -- at least hearing from grandpa or dad, the basic principles of what it means to be organized, to be made politically aware that yeah - there are powerful interests out there who want to limit your opportunities and can't be unreservedly trusted.  My grandfather's generation would have actually witnessed actual organizing activities.  (My generation largely did not.)

    All of that knowledge is vanishing.  Kids today just do not know the first thing about putting up a fight.

    9 counties, 70 towns, 200 miles, and one monstrous and unnecessary project. Stop NYRI.

    by NYCO on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 12:28:25 PM PDT

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    •  You're right (1+ / 0-)
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      They don't know how to fight for anything other than themselves because everything has been translated into the model of a zero sum game.  I think too that when The Union to which all Americans belong works against you and lies to you, all unions tend to be distrusted.

      A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

      by Webster on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 12:49:16 PM PDT

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    •  They don't listen to their union reps anymore. (1+ / 0-)
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      Shame.  They're on the same side.

      The trouble with war is that it kills off the best men a country has.-Rep. C. A. Lindbergh (R-MN)

      by Ice Blue on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 01:21:13 PM PDT

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