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    was different. Unions were viewed favorably by the public. Today after years of smearing they are looked upon with suspicion at best. Even friends who are ostensibly 'liberal' speak ignorantly of the 'loss of productivity' under unions. In addition you have pressure on corporations to move their operations out of the country for really, really cheap labor. I don't think that kind of pressure was near as strong in the 30s and hence unions were the natural buffer to corporate power.

    Now they simply don't have as much leverage, our media is a bought and sold corporate mouth piece, so they'll get no support there. The single most effective unionization effort is still going to have to be an international union--especially now. Paradoxically, I think, the wobblies may be more relevant than ever.  Unions that operate only locally/nationally will suffer from the corporatist race to the bottom on wages. But an international union may be able to stare down the corporate fucks.

    But you have to organize it. And you have to have some kind of standard living wage agreement within the union across all nations. It's a tall order, but frankly, outside of piecemeal government intervention on labor's behalf, it is the only way for workers to maintain a decent standard of living.

    Workers of the World Unite.
    Gee, why does that sound so familiar? Oh, that's right. Marx wasn't wrong, he was merely premature.

    90% tax on all income over a million or more: a simple solution to funding Healthcare Reform, extending Social Security benefits and other budgetary concerns.

    by DelicateMonster on Sat Nov 20, 2010 at 08:55:22 AM PST

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