Closing Thought–04Mar20

“A travesty and a disgrace”

In the past I have worked as a union activist and organizer and still help when I can whenever my union asks….

I have been worried about the lack of concern and members in unions….and one of the best unions was that of the Federal employees….all that could very well change thanks to Trump….

“This administration will not stop until it takes away all workers’ rights to form and join a union.”

President Donald Trump on Thursday quietly issued a memo granting Defense Secretary Mark Esper the power to abolish collective bargaining rights for the Defense Department’s 750,000 civilian workers, a move unions decried as part of the administration’s far-reaching assault on organized labor.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) condemned the memo, which was published in the Federal Register (pdf) Thursday, as “a travesty and a disgrace.”

“The administration’s divide-and-conquer strategy with respect to organized labor is as disgusting as it is shameful.”
—American Federation of Government Employees

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/a-travesty-and-a-disgrace-trump-quietly-issues-memo-that-could-abolish-union-rights-for-750000-federal-workers/#.XlGdg7qxeX4.twitter

Decline in Union membership is not something Americans acre about……

For much of 2019, headlines signified a labor resurgence, particularly among white-collar industries like technology and media. US public support for unions was among the highest levels in 50 years at 64%, according to a 2019 Gallup survey.

Despite the overall support for the cause, the anecdotal evidence has not shown up in the data.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics’s latest available data on annual union membership, released on Jan. 22, shows that 10.3% of American workers were in unions, down from 10.5% in 2018. For context, in 1983, the first year for which the bureau started collecting the data, the union membership rate was about 20% with 17.7 million union workers.

https://qz.com/work/1789615/union-membership-rates-in-the-us-continues-to-decline/

Unions made our middle class and yet no one gives a crap that the middle class is disappearing along with the unions.

Maybe a little rational thought could help explain why they are declining together…..or maybe it is just a coincidence….(I do not believe in those)….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

6 thoughts on “Closing Thought–04Mar20

  1. We have had an identical decline in membership here. As a lifelong union man, I despair. Amazon will not even negotiate with unions here, even though they allow staff to join.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Unions of today are not the unions that your grandfather grew up with. Today’s unions usually work under ambiguously written contracts that favor management over the union and can be interpreted in a number of different ways ….Today’s unions are usually nothing more than a convenient smoke screen, owned and controlled by management, meant to make workers think their thoughts and actions actually count for something …In short, because of such anomalies as right to work laws, and an impotent Labor Relations Board, unions are worse than useless in most cases.

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