Are unions anti-workers?

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Are unions anti-workers?

Post by cassowary » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:21 pm

Union workers protest against own unions for exploiting them.
Union leaders are quick to accuse CEOs of not sharing the wealth with their employees. But what happens when the employers accused of exploiting workers are unions?

This is the charge that hourly employees are now leveling against Richard Trumka’s AFL-CIO and Mary Kay Henry’s Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The workers, who range from janitors to accountants staffing the Washington offices of these unions, are themselves represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU).

Mr. Trumka and Ms. Henry are not shy about what workers deserve. “We’re demanding nothing more—and certainly nothing less—than our fair share of the immense wealth we create every day,” says Mr. Trumka. Ms. Henry has warned that “ordinary Americans are losing patience with chief executives ‘richsplaining’ to us that another round of corporate tax breaks will somehow lead to better days for the rest of us.”

But now the OPEIU accuses both the AFL-CIO and SEIU of some richsplaining. The office proletariat says the AFL-CIO is trying to force on them a new contract that would freeze worker pay for three years, reduce sick leave and weaken seniority protections. They also say the SEIU and its pension fund haven’t given them a wage increase or cost of living boost in two years. While the SEIU spent $21.6 million on non-union consultants in 2017, the OPEIU says, it’s balked at a $150,000 cost of living adjustment for its office workers.

At a recent protest outside the AFL-CIO in Washington, OPEIU workers carried signs saying “AFL-CIO is anti-union.” A letter of support from Iowa state representative Bruce Hunter dropped the ultimate in labor insults when he accused the AFL-CIO of behaving like . . . Walmart . Ouch.

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Re: Are unions anti-workers?

Post by Sertorio » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:37 am

cassowary wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:21 pm
Union workers protest against own unions for exploiting them.
Union leaders are quick to accuse CEOs of not sharing the wealth with their employees. But what happens when the employers accused of exploiting workers are unions?

This is the charge that hourly employees are now leveling against Richard Trumka’s AFL-CIO and Mary Kay Henry’s Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The workers, who range from janitors to accountants staffing the Washington offices of these unions, are themselves represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU).

Mr. Trumka and Ms. Henry are not shy about what workers deserve. “We’re demanding nothing more—and certainly nothing less—than our fair share of the immense wealth we create every day,” says Mr. Trumka. Ms. Henry has warned that “ordinary Americans are losing patience with chief executives ‘richsplaining’ to us that another round of corporate tax breaks will somehow lead to better days for the rest of us.”

But now the OPEIU accuses both the AFL-CIO and SEIU of some richsplaining. The office proletariat says the AFL-CIO is trying to force on them a new contract that would freeze worker pay for three years, reduce sick leave and weaken seniority protections. They also say the SEIU and its pension fund haven’t given them a wage increase or cost of living boost in two years. While the SEIU spent $21.6 million on non-union consultants in 2017, the OPEIU says, it’s balked at a $150,000 cost of living adjustment for its office workers.

At a recent protest outside the AFL-CIO in Washington, OPEIU workers carried signs saying “AFL-CIO is anti-union.” A letter of support from Iowa state representative Bruce Hunter dropped the ultimate in labor insults when he accused the AFL-CIO of behaving like . . . Walmart . Ouch.
"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely..." (Lord Acton, 1887)

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Re: Are unions anti-workers?

Post by cassowary » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:34 am

That is why Socialism always end up in dictatorships. Socialism has a tendency to concentrate power.

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