Boeing NLRB Versus Boeing

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The difference however is that much of that stuff as far as corporations are concerned has been outlawed. Corporations cannot "buy" a politician, but the unions can to a degree. Corporations cannot create legalized monopolies, but the unions can.
The nasty behaviors of large corporations have not been outlawed, they have been codified. If your bottom-tier workers are part-time, you don't have to give them any benefits, and you don't have to pay unemployment insurance taxes on them. Plus, you can fire them for any reason at any time. That is a huge amount of leverage on a low-paid worker who may be trying to actually raise a family on poverty wages.
 

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The unions like the minimum wage becuase it prices cheaper labor out of the market and protects the union jobs.
If you have never been a union official, you might not have much perspective on this. As a union officer, I threw my support strongly behind increasing minimum wages, out of enlightened self-interest, as did the rest of the leadership. If you can keep base-wages livable, then poor families don't have to rely on help from social services, including fuel subsidies, food stamps, health-care subsidies, etc. All of those costs are a burden on other workers that big corporations want to foist off onto average taxpayers. Union workers support livable wages because it's the right thing to do.

The right-wing idea that our society is a zero-sum game in which you can enrich yourself by impoverishing the poor is not logical. Most people can see that if the people who are in the lower-paid classes (and spend most of their pay every week) are comfortable enough to buy goods and services, then the economy as a whole will strengthen, and we will all benefit. Trickle-down is voodoo economics. Trickle-up is a driving force that can pull us out of recession.
 

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The nasty behaviors of large corporations have not been outlawed, they have been codified. If your bottom-tier workers are part-time, you don't have to give them any benefits, and you don't have to pay unemployment insurance taxes on them. Plus, you can fire them for any reason at any time. That is a huge amount of leverage on a low-paid worker who may be trying to actually raise a family on poverty wages.
Turbo-1, for the most part, we only have negative laws in the US. Those things have not been codified, they just haven't been outlawed. And why would they be? You seem to be against corporations having any kind of power at all, even normal economic power.

If you think you can prove they have been codified, please provide evidence.
 
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The nasty behaviors of large corporations have not been outlawed, they have been codified. If your bottom-tier workers are part-time, you don't have to give them any benefits, and you don't have to pay unemployment insurance taxes on them. Plus, you can fire them for any reason at any time. That is a huge amount of leverage on a low-paid worker who may be trying to actually raise a family on poverty wages.
Would this be better for the US workforce?

http://blog.photoshelter.com/2010/10/friday-shoutouts-ohyeahs-and-awesome-accomplishmen.html [Broken]

I heard on the radio today there are roughly 450,000 workers on the Apple project - additional jobs may be headed to Brazil - where they are toying with $0 taxes on the manufacturing companies.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110506/tc_nm/us_brazil_foxconn_1 [Broken]
 
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Union workers support livable wages because it's the right thing to do.....

If you have never been a union official, you might not have much perspective on this. As a union officer, I threw my support strongly behind increasing minimum wages, out of enlightened self-interest, as did the rest of the leadership.
I just plain don't believe that and the tactics and causes I've seen them support don't give me any indication that that's true. Union workers would have to be truely special to be that benevolent. And benevolent people don't resort to thuggery. It's contradictory.
The right-wing idea that our society is a zero-sum game in which you can enrich yourself by impoverishing the poor is not logical.
I doubt there are many on the right wing who believe that economics is a zero-sum game: that's a left wing misunderstanding of economics used (as you just did) to attack the rich!

That issue is one also one of the key liberal misunderstandings of conservatives: If conservative policies are designed only help the very rich, how could middle-class people possibly ever vote for a conservative?
 

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I just plain don't believe that and the tactics and causes I've seen them support don't give me any indication that that's true. Union workers would have to be truely special to be that benevolent. And benevolent people don't resort to thuggery. It's contradictory.
You have set up a straw man (tautalogy) to try to make me prove a negative. I assure you that I and the other union officers had to sell our support of increased minimum wages to the membership. You can nay-say all you like, but you have no credibility on this issue, especially when you accuse union members of thuggery.

It is interesting that during our short strike, we were given meeting spaces, parking, and other amenities by a very small private school near the mill, and we reciprocated by helping to rehabilitate some of the unused dorms so that they could be rented out, and repairing brick-work on their classic old library. All of this played well with the local media.
 

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You have set up a straw man (tautalogy) to try to make me prove a negative. I assure you that I and the other union officers had to sell our support of increased minimum wages to the membership. You can nay-say all you like, but you have no credibility on this issue, especially when you accuse union members of thuggery.
Turbo-1, I certainly can't know/prove what's going on in your head, but you made a claim about how union members in general think. If you can't prove it, retract it. I'm sure you can't see the logic in that union members engaging in thuggery can't be benevolent since you haven't been able to bring yourself to even acknowledge that the thuggery exists in the first place!
It is interesting that during our short strike, we were given meeting spaces, parking, and other amenities by a very small private school near the mill, and we reciprocated by helping to rehabilitate some of the unused dorms so that they could be rented out, and repairing brick-work on their classic old library. All of this played well with the local media.
By the way, the concept of "enlightened self interest" contradicts your claim that you do the right thing because it is the right thing. Enlightened self interest is doing the right thing because it will benefit you. So I guess I would say that at their best, unions do act based on enlightened self-interest (that's not a positive thing). At their worst, they act as thugs.

[edit] By the way, a related concept is unenlightened self-interest whereby people act in a way that they think will be beneficial to them in the short term (myopic selfishness) but turn out to be self-destructive. We've discussed how that worldview has worked out for unions at length in this thread as well.
 
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Turbo-1, I certainly can't know/prove what's going on in your head, but you made a claim about how union members in general think. If you can't prove it, retract it. I'm sure you can't see the logic in that union members engaging in thuggery can't be benevolent since you haven't been able to bring yourself to even acknowledge the evidence provided for the thuggery!
I made a claim about how my union worked and operated. You make derogatory generalizations that are insupportable.

By the way, the concept of "enlightened self interest" contradicts your claim that you do the right thing because it is the right thing. Enlightened self interest is doing the right thing because it will benefit you. So I guess I would say that at their best, unions do act based on enlightened self-interest (that's not a positive thing). At their worst, they act as thugs.
We "thugs" were offered (freely) space and facilities on the campus of a private school. If you can support your claim that all union employees are "thugs", bring it on. Are Wisconsin elementary school teachers and social workers "thugs"? Since they brought their children to the protests, it is highly unlikely that they planned violence. Or is your rhetoric drawn from Limbaugh, Beck, and other idiots who need to divide US citizens along artificial lines to suit your beliefs?
 
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You have set up a straw man (tautalogy) to try to make me prove a negative. I assure you that I and the other union officers had to sell our support of increased minimum wages to the membership. You can nay-say all you like, but you have no credibility on this issue, especially when you accuse union members of thuggery.
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I thought you were a member of management during this event? Also, has total employment dropped at this facility since wages were increased?
 

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I thought you were a member of management during this event? Also, has total employment dropped at this facility since wages were increased?
I was an officer of the union when our strike was underway. And employment in the paper machine department has probably more than tripled since then.
 
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I was an officer of the union when our strike was underway. And employment in the paper machine department has probably more than tripled since then.
Yes - I went back and re-read. The paper machine department expanded - did plant total employment?
 

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I made a claim about how my union worked and operated.
Not just your union. You claim to know how union workers in general think:
turbo-1 said:
Union workers support livable wages because it's the right thing to do.
That's the claim I want you to support.
If you can support your claim that all union employees are "thugs", bring it on. [emphasis added]
I've never made any such claim. I claim that a lot of union employees are thugs. Or, in other words, thuggery is widespread. Can you at least acknowledge as a starting point that some thuggery exists?

Is a guy wearing a "dead rats tell no lies" t'shirt "enlightened"? I call him a thug. (2:03)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMzjCdXRLeg
 
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Is it enlightened self-interest to threaten to get a 16 year old girl fired for not joining a union at her part time job? I call it thuggery. Thuggery on official union letterhead, no less.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-hJU04Kf7Q
 

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Turbo-1, I'd like to know what word you would use to describe placing a severed cow's head on the hood of a woman's car?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjU8psjeHIQ

Quote from the vid:
The bloody, severed cow's head is a little change from the usual, but the basic campaign of terror is what union officials orchestrate in order to keep employees in line.
And a quick stat from the vid: Since 1990, there have been more than 2000 reported cases of union violence, but the real number is probably a lot higher because most incidents go unreported.
 
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When I was in my late teens I started working for the phone company as an occupational employee. The first day the union steward for the CWA (communication workers of America) came to me with a card to sign up and authorize payroll deductions for my dues. I told her no thanks, not interested. From that day forward I was harrassed continually. I was threatened and told to stop doing so much work because the union had spent years convincing the company that it wasn't possible for an employee to do that much work and I was destroying everything that they had been working for, take that as lying to the company because union workers strive to make the most for doing the least.

When the union striked, I continued to work and my husband had to drive me to work because anyone that parked there had their tires slashed, windows broken, etc... He had to drive me up to the door where the security officer would prevent the union goons from obstructing me from entering the building.

Boy, do I have stories about the worthless union non-workers in my office. When I became management it was even worse, I'd go into a union area and they'd all be either standing in groups talking, or watching little tv's at their desks, painting their fingernails, reading magazines, anything but working. And I couldn't say anything, as long as they did the absolute minimum work, which was next to nothing, and the average pay for these people was around $70,000 a year!!!! It was insane.
 
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If you have never been a union official, you might not have much perspective on this. As a union officer, I threw my support strongly behind increasing minimum wages, out of enlightened self-interest, as did the rest of the leadership. If you can keep base-wages livable, then poor families don't have to rely on help from social services, including fuel subsidies, food stamps, health-care subsidies, etc. All of those costs are a burden on other workers that big corporations want to foist off onto average taxpayers. Union workers support livable wages because it's the right thing to do.
No it isn't, because you are artificially increasing the price of labor to businesses. If you artificially increase the price of something, you are going to create a surplus of it. By the way, Wal-Mart supports a higher minimum wage. They claim they do because they "care," but I think the real motive is that they know that it would harm their smaller business competitors (it's easy for a monster company like Wal-Mart to absorb a higher minimum wage, not so easy for your local mom-and-pop).

In addition, what do you mean about "costs that big corporations want to foist onto average taxpayers?" Where is it a corporation's responsibility to provide all that stuff? The job of a company is to make money for the shareholders. It has a responsibility to provide safe working conditions, sure, but otherwise, what it pays people is based on how the market prices their services. In addition to this, how does one define a "livable wage" anyhow?

The right-wing idea that our society is a zero-sum game in which you can enrich yourself by impoverishing the poor is not logical.
I don't know where you're getting that idea, but that is a left-wing socialist idea, not at all any right-wing idea. The right understands that the pie is not fixed, and that you create wealth, that you grow the pie.

Most people can see that if the people who are in the lower-paid classes (and spend most of their pay every week) are comfortable enough to buy goods and services, then the economy as a whole will strengthen, and we will all benefit.
We don't have classes in America, we have income brackets. And what you are ignoring is that if you raise the price on something artificially, something else has to give. If you force companies to pay workers more, this hits the dividends for the shareholders, the benefits the company can offer the employees, the employees themselves in that they may have to fire people, and the customers, who have to make due with higher prices. Thus what really happens is one group benefits at the expense of the rest of society.

Trickle-down is voodoo economics. Trickle-up is a driving force that can pull us out of recession.
There is no such thing as trickle-down economics. As pointed out before, the idea of supply-side economics is to increase investment, business growth, and job creation, and yes it can work if the taxes on businesses and investment are punitively high. The immediate beneficiaries of such tax cuts are the employees. If a company hires more workers with the intention to grow the business larger, the employees get paid regardless of whether the business ends up making more money.

Never heard of trickle-up either. IMO, usually the politicians emphasizing "trickle-up" want to do it by first stealing from one group to give to another.
 
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IMO - this is the modern day problem with unions - please remember the US Postal Service is on track to lose $BILLIONS:
http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2011/pr11_048.htm [Broken]

"U.S. Postal Service Loss Widens in Second Quarter
Default on federal payments looming
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service ended the second quarter of this fiscal year (Jan. 1 - March 31, 2011) with a net loss of $2.2 billion, compared to a net loss of $1.6 billion for the same period in FY 2010."

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Given this revelation:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/nation/s_727541.html [Broken]

"The Postal Service and one of its largest labor unions have reached agreement on a 4 1/2-year contract that would give raises to about 205,000 workers but force them to pay more for their health insurance. "
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IMO - There is no sense of reality with these negotiations with the Government. If a non-Government company is losing money - they can't give wages - they will cease to exist. A business is supposed to be an on-going concern - like a human - survival is a basic need.
 
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when i was in my late teens i started working for the phone company as an occupational employee. The first day the union steward for the cwa (communication workers of america) came to me with a card to sign up and authorize payroll deductions for my dues. I told her no thanks, not interested. From that day forward i was harrassed continually. I was threatened and told to stop doing so much work because the union had spent years convincing the company that it wasn't possible for an employee to do that much work and i was destroying everything that they had been working for, take that as lying to the company because union workers strive to make the most for doing the least.

When the union striked, i continued to work and my husband had to drive me to work because anyone that parked there had their tires slashed, windows broken, etc... He had to drive me up to the door where the security officer would prevent the union goons from obstructing me from entering the building.

Boy, do i have stories about the worthless union non-workers in my office. When i became management it was even worse, i'd go into a union area and they'd all be either standing in groups talking, or watching little tv's at their desks, painting their fingernails, reading magazines, anything but working. And i couldn't say anything, as long as they did the absolute minimum work, which was next to nothing, and the average pay for these people was around $70,000 a year!!!! It was insane.
Wow!
 

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I belong to a union. I do my best to get as much done as possible, as does everyone else in my store. So I don't see where you're coming from that "union workers strive to make the most for doing the least", at least not in all situations.

Or maybe we're just that awesome up here.
 
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I belong to a union. I do my best to get as much done as possible, as does everyone else in my store. So I don't see where you're coming from that "union workers strive to make the most for doing the least", at least not in all situations.

Or maybe we're just that awesome up here.
I'm going to go out on a limb with this Char - you said "store" - I'll assume there is interaction with the public? IMO - that makes a difference.
 

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I'm going to go out on a limb with this Char - you said "store" - I'll assume there is interaction with the public? IMO - that makes a difference.
Yup. I basically spend every working hour in the public eye. As do most of the grocery workers... hell, my brother recently got promoted to assistant store director.
 

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I belong to a union. I do my best to get as much done as possible, as does everyone else in my store. So I don't see where you're coming from that "union workers strive to make the most for doing the least", at least not in all situations.

Or maybe we're just that awesome up here.
There are people that are in unions that don't have the union mentality. Sounds like you don't have a group that wants to get paid for doing nothing. It's possible, but when you work in some industries that have unions like the CWA, it's a lost cause.
 
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Yup. I basically spend every working hour in the public eye. As do most of the grocery workers... hell, my brother recently got promoted to assistant store director.
That's what I figured. A manufacturing environment is a little different. You have management people (them) and workers (us) and Union Reps and Safety Officers and QA Inspectors - coupled with very little outside influence. Next, add to that mix an assembly line, perhaps loud noises, lot's of rules and boredom - then a grievance. It's a formula for disaster - again IMO.
 

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The right-wing idea that our society is a zero-sum game in which you can enrich yourself by impoverishing the poor is not logical.
Can you name and source a right-winger with such a position? That's a rhetorical question, I know that you will not. But please feel free to continue as if such absurd nonsense were substantiated fact.
Trickle-down is voodoo economics.
:rolleyes: The most fraudulent economic strawman ever invented by the left, and this has been demonstrated repeatedly in this forum. But please feel free to argue against the nonsensical strawman, instead of the opposing positions actually presented.

Whether you realize it or not, your repeated failure to offer any legitimate argument against actual right-wing economic positions essentially concedes them to us.
 
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