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The AFL-CIO and Laughing Liberally have teamed up on a series of videos illustrating the importance of collective bargaining.

Along with three humorous takes on the issue, the website features real workers talking about the importance of collective bargaining in their own lives. Linda Oalican of Domestic Workers United says:

In isolation, a worker or a sector of workers has no power. We can only find power, you know, in numbers.

According to AFGE member Michael Gravinese,

What I’ve gained from collective bargaining is the ability to have a voice in the workplace, a structured voice. Without that, a collective bargaining agreement, in essence management dictates.

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  •  Maybe Daily Kos diarists should unionize... (2+ / 0-)
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    phrogge prince, Dirtandiron

    to negotiate better pay from Soros.

  •  Not very good. (0+ / 0-)

    Good, but not very good.  It needs a little more punch, better timing, and less footage of people walking.  The score should perhaps be more assertive.

    Cut it down to 30 seconds.  Offer it as an ad during popular programs.  If a station (or network, particularly if its name rhymes with pox) doesn't play it, so much the better since that makes it a news item.

    A wholly owned and operated subsidiary of Two Cats Enterprises

    by Yamaneko2 on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 08:11:14 PM PDT

  •  It's simple, really. No ability to take part (3+ / 0-)
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    Trix, Dirtandiron, BYw

    in negotiations means no voice at all:  Management makes all the decisions and workers line up for whatever crumbs they throw them.

    That's NOT how the system is supposed to work, and it's NOT in the best interest of workers.

    Period.

  •  Ignores our best assets: police, fire & teachers (0+ / 0-)

    As a viewer, I can't quite relate to this swarm of generic office workers.

  •  Good, but so basic.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    I think what needs to be hammered into the heads of right-wingers is that collective bargaining isn't a "right" granted by the elite.  It's something which is going to happen whenever the workers start working together and get fed up.  It originated during a period when it was illegal -- they really think they can stop it by banning it?

    But these ads may be more directed toward the people who don't get that workers are generally working under coerced conditions, and unless they band together they can't actually bargain with management.

    Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

    by neroden on Sat Jun 18, 2011 at 05:33:11 AM PDT

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