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A view with a hint of satire of a one political party city DFL Duluth, 'progressivism' and leftist bigotry, one news story at a time.
Saunders, I on the same side of the right to work issue. Look at the union suffocation in Duluth.
Working families dominated the city population in the 60’s – 70’s. Now non-working families, college students, and retirees too poor to leave dominate.
Imagine what Duluth’s population would be without the welfare social services crowd and less that half of todays college student count.
The number of working families are much less because of the union strangle hold on Duluth and the high cost of doing business here. Net working jobs continue to drop along with wages.
Of the new larger non-government employers in the last 20 years, how many are union? Cirrus no. United Health Care, no.
How many union restaurants are doing well?
What food and commercial union shops are left?
When Wisconsin passes right to work legislation Minnesota will be fully surrounded by right to work states as seen on the map http://www.politicalruminations.com/images/charts-graphs/right_to_work_states.gif
Obviously Minnesota will deservedly be a less viable option to employ people in. and more difficult for residents to find jobs.
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Unions built this nation and right-to-work cripples the chances of the rich Republican business owners to screw us on our wages and benefits. I don’t believe those Union leaders salary listed either. There is no way they make half million dollars. Nice try fuck-sticks in trying to bash unions because it aint working. End of story.
Unions still serve a good purpose. They administer health care (really good health care), retirements (so when a company goes bankrupt retitees don’t lose EVERYTHING) and make sure there is a competitive wage. Some unions are not really needed. Like working at a grocery store? But difficult and dangerous jobs need highly skilled workers that have the training and compensation to do the job right.
Look at the mines and large commercial construction. this is where unions are needed. Maybe the right to work will cause the unions to reform themselves to retain membership, maybe jobs will be filled by low paid, low skill workers. Most of the large the companies that employ union workers can afford to pay them well. They still rake in $$$. I think the government should stay out of private contracts and concentrate on reducing their costs.
I know people in the I.A.M. union and they HATE it. Every year when they get their raise (never more than a dollar), within two months, the union raises their dues, so it’s STILL less money in the worker’s pockets.
Saunders, I specifically said there are areas where unions do serve a purpose. When you work in a dangerous job doing highly skilled labor you deserve the wages and benefits you receive. Are unions perfect, no. Are all unions needed, no. I understand that. But we are a conservative household and a union household. We have seen people lose everything when a company goes under. The union keeps that from happening. We also have good health care, dental, vision and retirement. Would you work in a job you could lose your life at for $15 an hour and no bennies….don’t think so!
Public unions are unnecessary.
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