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  •  was Gettelfinger as gloomy as the press (1+ / 0-)
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    reported?  How are things going there?  I'm UAW as well. Local 652 out of Lansing. Any other news to report?  All the news around here is pretty bad.

    As for this site, there's a lot of antiunion sentiment.  Apparently the DKos American dream only applies to white collar and academics. I wouldn't look for much support around here.  Depresses the hell out of me to read some of the comments.  

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness." Mark Twain

    by dougymi on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 03:26:59 PM PDT

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    •  I disagree! (1+ / 0-)
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      I think that most posters (and lurkers) on these fora are very supportive of labor. However, for many of those in unions, unionism is a religion. Anytime someone criticizes unions, those in the labor movement don't actually address the criticism, instead they open the holy book of past union accomplishments and tell everyone about how great unions were 50 or 100 years ago.

      This only feeds into the idea that unions are dinosaurs better suited for the 20th century.

      Unions are in trouble, not because 80% of the nation (the non-unioned part) is stupid or evil. They are in trouble because they have failed to connect with modern workers in America. We are an ADHD nation. So, to move forward, unions will need to show how they can improve today's workers lives today, not just rely on ancient tales of heroic deeds done in bygone days.

      If a union wants to step into the 21st century and tell me how unionizing can improve my life, I am willing to listen.

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