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    farleftcoast, kraant

    In what you say is that "unions" are "greedy and demand better wages and benefits than what the average worker recieves" then "they have no positive impact on the average worker".

    Unions do collect dues to fund negotiations, strikes, administration, etc BUT workers under union contracts earn signifigantly more than the cost of their dues. Also, the boost that unionized workers recieve in wages and benefits translates into higher wages for non-union workers as employers compete for the quality workers in the labor market.

    Also, eventually workers are going to be fighting for the 35 or even 30 hour work week (simply because of population and job availability). 4 shifts in one day as oppose to 3. This will give Americans more time with their families, more time to relax and relieve a shitload of the stress we currently operate under as a society. That struggle is going to require organized labor.

    "How do you ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake?" -John Kerry, 1971 but what we needed to hear in 2003/2004

    by Demise on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 09:12:47 PM PDT

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