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The following video is hard to watch but sometimes we need to be reminded why we fight the good fight. Now if we could only tie Scott Walker, Sam Brownback, Rick Snyder, the Walton's, the Kochs, and the Fisher Family, et al, to chairs with their eyes pinned open and make them watch all the way through, you know, A Clockwork Orange Style.

Originally posted to Doctor Jazz on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 09:37 PM PDT.

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  •  To the Kochs, Waltons, etc. workers are not people (10+ / 0-)

    they are just 'widgets'. To the Rethugs in thrall to them, workers are just 'suckers', and 'foreign' workers are not 'our' concern. They would make the US into Bangladesh, and have spent millions to get us there.

    May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

    by oldcrow on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 10:10:55 PM PDT

  •  IMO, everybody on the planet should see this. (7+ / 0-)

    IMO, everybody on the planet should see this.

  •  Recent history, the Perdue chicken plant fire (8+ / 0-)

    the doors were locked there, and they used to restrict workers pee breaks, ( in a red state) and red state voters keep fighting unions, and electing people who restrict unions. (to keep the blacks 'down'?).

    May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

    by oldcrow on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 10:24:27 PM PDT

  •  A million recs if I had them (4+ / 0-)

    This is an important diary; if only everyone would take the time to watch the video.

    "Liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality." - Michael Bakunin (Economic Left/Right: -10.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -9.79)

    by ZhenRen on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 10:55:46 PM PDT

  •  I'm a degreed salaried professional (5+ / 0-)

    making 6 figures in a blue state for a multi-billion dollar corporation, and my office facilities for many years were non-compliant with occupational codes regarding restroom access.  As a first-line supervisor at the time, I elevated it with my own management (and was ignored), brought it to the attention of the responsible department (and was ignored), but declined to make a legal issue of it (knowing that would be career limiting, and that if I went higher internally, it would be 'solved' ostensibly legally but punitively by making employees drive farther to different office locations).  I posted the relevant passage from the state code on the office wall with the most pertinent verbiage highlighted.  It stayed there for several years before someone saw it who recognized they could and should do something about it before someone decided to make a legal issue of it.

    If a company like mine is so cavalier about compliance, what is everyone else doing.  Everything they can get away with, in most cases.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 11:05:29 PM PDT

    •  Unions are necessary. (2+ / 0-)
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      benamery21, eyo

      It is very difficult for an individual or even a group to stand up to their employer when that employer ignores their safety and well being, for fear of losing their job and means of supporting their family. That is why unions are so important.

      •  Unions are needed and need strength (2+ / 0-)
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        Doctor Jazz, eyo

        The decline in union membership understates their decline in clout.  A significant fraction of my company is unionized, but for the entire 16 years of my employment one benefit after another has been cut while work conditions worsened and pay stagnated.  It's still a much better than average place to work, but it compares pretty unfavorably to how good it was in the 70's-90's, at least on paper and anecdotally.

        Although I and my workgroup were not represented employees, among those working in the building I mentioned were some union members (in two work groups which both consist primarily of skilled workers in very short supply) also affected by the provision of a bathroom legally appropriate for a maximum of 5 employees, but provided for upwards of 20, with months long periods where the number of folks onsite doubled for specific projects.  None of the union members were in a position to rock the boat either.  In general, their stewards were inclined only to support employees in cases of high individual consequence, or egregious maltreatment, not technical illegality, or frequent inconvenience.

        In most cases unionization of an individual workplace can make a difference, but they can only buck the tide so much, we need widespread union penetration to keep general labor conditions from deteriorating to the point that even the represented have little to no leverage to support their (and our) rights.

        Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

        by benamery21 on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:00:32 AM PDT

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        •  Steady decline of the Middle Class. (2+ / 0-)
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          eyo, benamery21

          Since even before Reagan fired the PATCO employees there has been a coordinated effort by corporate interests and conservative organizations to undermine the power and influence of unions. They have pointed to a few incidents where unions have overreached and used them to discredit the whole movement.

          They blame the decline of the American auto industry on unions when it was clearly the oil industry and corporate management who made the decisions to produce and promote inefficient, gas guzzling models and intentionally engineered programmed obsolescence in the face of competition from Japan, who was producing smaller, energy efficient vehicles designed to last. American workers were just doing what they were told by management.

          These companies then have been allowed to move their plants overseas to exploit workers with no real protections. Unions are again blamed for American companies inability to compete in the world economy, causing further erosion of worker rights. This is particularly evident in the garment industry. Free trade agreements tend to exacerbate this trend and contribute to income inequality. Meanwhile the rich keep getting richer and are allowed to continue to hide their profits overseas. It is an every increasing economic spiral to the bottom.

  •  MFN, please proceed. (1+ / 0-)
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    Doctor Jazz

    Becoming a Most Favored Nation has benefits.

    President Clinton signed into law on October 10, 2000.[8] PNTR paved the way for China’s accession to the WTO in December 2000; it provides U.S. exporters of agricultural products the opportunity to benefit from China’s WTO agreements to reduce trade barriers and open its agricultural markets.
    Look what else the US exported, along with Overkillifornia's water.
    Faceless estates. Sprawling suburbs. Soulless financial districts. Discredited elsewhere as fostering the worst kind of urban angst, these are the vogue in China – but change could be afoot
    Renaming helped, I guess.
    In 1998, in the United States, "most favoured nation status" has been renamed "permanent normal trade relations" (NTR) as all but a handful of countries had this status already. (The impetus for the change in terminology came from irritation voiced by some Americans that various totalitarian governments around the world enjoyed being a MFN of the United States)
    Same as it ever was.
  •  Some amplification on Bangladeshi sweathshop death (2+ / 0-)
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    Doctor Jazz, eyo

    Rana Plaza 1129 dead 5/13/13

    Spectrum factory collapse 64 dead 4/11/05

    That's It Sportswear fire 29 dead 12/14/10

    Tazreen Fashion fire 112 dead 11/24/12

    This is not cottage industry.  These are the major factories where our clothes are made.  Good faith efforts by OECD buyers would end this.  Instead our companies corrupt governments to suppress the right of association, to take profit from death and misery.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:42:09 AM PDT

  •  We failed. (0+ / 0-)

    We are a Godless nation trying to be taken over by the Anti-Christs forces, claiming to be Christian, but are totally bereft of all moral, ethical, and even basic human standards.

  •  I'm glad they made the connection (1+ / 0-)
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    Doctor Jazz

    between the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the Bangladesh fires and collapsed buildings. It shows how far we haven't come as a species.

    Nothing matters but the song.

    by 47songs on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 11:15:26 AM PDT

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