"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." ~Mahatma Gandhi
Arbitrator sounds skeptical about how #trimet is factoring $816 mill unfunded liability for retiree health ebenfits #trimetarb— Joseph Rose (@pdxcommute) May 14, 2012
Arbitrator sounds skeptical about how #trimet is factoring $816 mill unfunded liability for retiree health ebenfits #trimetarb
#trimet: Expenditures been higher than revenues in 8 of last 12 years. #trimeterb Arbitrator expresses concern w/ budget presentation ...— Joseph Rose (@pdxcommute) May 14, 2012
#trimet: Expenditures been higher than revenues in 8 of last 12 years. #trimeterb Arbitrator expresses concern w/ budget presentation ...
I will shortly leave for work as a classroom teacher.I have protection from arbitrary firing - because I am in a unionI am not forced into downward competition for compensation - because I am in a unionI have paid holidays and paid leave - because I am in a unionI still have a defined benefit pension - because I am in a unionIf you have any of those things, or any of these- 8 hours or less work per day- workplace safety rules- 5 day work week- paid overtime or compensatory time offor any of many other things, thank the unionsStates with higher standards of living have higher average wages - these are not "right to work" statesLet's translate "right to work" - the power of the employers to be arbitrary and even abusive to their employees.I grew up in the 1950s. That is when the American middle class was built.We had our highest marginal tax rates. We were paying off the immense debt from World War II and the smaller debt from Korea. People's educational attainment was increasing, in part due to the GI Bill. And we had the highest percentage of our workforce unionized. Correlation is not causation. I know that.But the ordinary people do better when unions thrive.Thank the unions.You can do that by refusing to support politicians who do not support the unions, even if you are not in a union.And if you are not in a union, maybe it is time you were? Maybe you should help organize one where you work?Have a nice day.I will, because I am a member of a union.How about you?
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