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After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss

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By PAUL WISEMAN and ANNE D'INNOCENZIO

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Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.

JOHN F. KENNEDY

In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right to work.' It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. It is supported by Southern segregationists who are trying to keep us from achieving our civil rights and our right of equal job opportunity. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone. Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR

With all their faults, trade-unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in man, than any other association of men.

CLARENCE DARROW

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You honestly expect the government to care about the workers when their donors are the corporate elite????

By the way, I’ve got this bridge - great bargain.

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Amazon's big money worked in both the senate floor and the warehouse floor. Unions are good in locations and with companies that abuses the rights of the workers.

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Well, the vote wasn't even close. More than two to one against joining the union. Seems the workers are happy enough, and 15 bucks an hour in Alabama goes a helluva lot farther than 15 bucks in California or New York.

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and 15 bucks an hour in Alabama goes a helluva lot farther than 15 bucks in California or New York

You seem to miss the point. $15 an hour in any part of the USA is poverty wages. Which is why so many Americans struggle to survive on a week to week basis. The wages paid to the masses in America are a social disgrace.

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Do Americans own a house on $15/hr? A car? What exactly is the priviledge of these wages?

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A couple who both earn the Amazon wage have a combined yearly income of close to $60,000. That is not poverty and is far above the median income of the area. Median home value in the town is just under $90,000. So yes they could afford a home.

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sounds like a just scraping by, bottom of the barrel life

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“It is clear that if policymakers do not reform our nation’s labor law system, then they are effectively denying workers a meaningful right to a union and collective bargaining.’’

Nonsense! Forcing employees to pay dues to a union is not a “right”, that would be coercion. It was rejected.

That choice should be for the workers to make, not the employers to make.”

The employees voted against the union option resoundingly... respect their vote please, not try to impose upon them your own judgements

“But many clearly prefer opportunities in a competitive marketplace that provides strong wages and benefits.’’

that’s the reality - workers are best protected by.... competition for their labour, other options. Not being forced to pay dues to a union.

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 “The Democratic Party can’t deliver because of the filibuster,’’ Geoghegan said. “It’s heartbreaking.’’

Sorry but you’ll have to have a better mandate than not being an orange moron with an even Senate before your dreams come true and you can coerce workers into paying for that which they wish not to.

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trade-unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed.

The quote is dead wrong.

The free enterprise system with market prices takes that mantle easily.

Did China get ahead over the last few decades because they embraced unions, or because they embraced the free enterprise system within their authoritarian regime?

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Amazon is not an example of the Free Market System but is an example of the Greedy Capitalism that is destroying the United States. Jeff Bezos does not like the Free Market, he doesn't want competition and has destroyed thousands of small businesses. Bezos spent millions of dollars fighting the union when he should have been spending that money on improving the working conditions of his overworked and underpaid workers. Amazon is an Evil Empire and Jeff Bezos is an Evil Person who has no soul or conscious.

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he doesn't want competition

Everyone wants it easy.

Ensuring that there is a free market is one of the roles of government, so if there is evidence of a lack of free competition then it’s for the referee to address. Forcing workers to pay dues to a union doesn’t aid that free competition one bit though.

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The quote is dead wrong.

It isn't, actually.

Did China get ahead over the last few decades because they embraced unions, or because they embraced the free enterprise system within their authoritarian regime?

"China and its political and economic system is good for humanity. Slave labor is good for humanity. Genocide is good for humanity" - someone with a very cool and sensible opinion.

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iluvyokohamaApr. 11 10:19 pm JST

Amazon is not an example of the Free Market System but is an example of the Greedy Capitalism that is destroying the United States. Jeff Bezos does not like the Free Market, he doesn't want competition and has destroyed thousands of small businesses. Bezos spent millions of dollars fighting the union when he should have been spending that money on improving the working conditions of his overworked and underpaid workers. Amazon is an Evil Empire and Jeff Bezos is an Evil Person who has no soul or conscious.

If capitalism is so bad, and yes, it has flaws like everything else in life, why are people flocking by the millions to come to the United States?   Do you see people by the millions trying to get into Cuba, or Russia?  Are people sneaking into Cuba or Venezuela for a better life?

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