As for my friend being able to retire, HE SPENT LESS THAN HE MADE. As my father used to say, "it is not how much you make, it is how much you save". I think he was much smarter than most. If the rich are part of the problem, THEN SO ARE THE UNIONS.
First not all jobs in non RTW states are u8nion. Most are not. Second even with shops that are union, a worker hyas a right to opt out. He may have to pay a representation fee that is less than a full union dues. But, a function of the union is to negotiate compensation and working conditions for all in that shop. Every person in that shop benefits from the efforts of that union.
But lets talk straight for a minute. This Republican crusade against unions is more about political power than concern for the worker. Since its establishment, the Republican party has never given a tinkers damn about the working man. It still doesn't. It is true that for the most part unions have supported the Democrats. You remember who your friends are. The anti-union Republican propaganda is a ginned up attempt to get at the funding source and campaign staffing of the opposition. That's really what republicans are about and they aren't honest enough to come clean.
I remind you, DA UNION (historically rife with violence and corruption) is nothing more than a cash cow for the progressives movement.
It's about Pelosi's "permanent majority," and I'll give you they no longer evem try to hide it.
You will, in your lifetime, regret at some level what you are claiming to support.
For the record, my only anti-union stand is public employees unions.
You know this, so any effort to explain would be a waste of time.
There are indeed some things private sector unions do well.
Especially in the trades.
You wanna' argue for the pristine purity of unions, go ahead, maybe you will convince yourself, but I doubt it!
I am not saying there have not been unions that have fallen under the control of the bad guys. The capers of a Hoffa and a few others have unfairly colored the image of the union movement as a whole. Most unions are militant against the intrusion of corruption and employment of violence. If a union goes violent then the full force of the law will come down upon them and they know it.
No, Stan, the unions are not there to be a cash cow for progressives. Their principle mission is to collectively bargain for their members. They will support those politicians that have been favorable to their viewpoint. During my involvement my unions have endorsed and supported pro-union republicans and recruited campaign workers for them. Regretably, there are so few in the Republican ranks that merit support. In terms of the overall pool of money entering the political campaigns, union money is not an overwhelming amount. If a member does not like how a union spends its money they can ask for that portion of their dues refunded to them. The union power comes not so much in its financial support, but from its ability to recruit "troops" in support of a campaign.
The union movement has also advocated for all of American labor besides it own membership:
--If you like a 40 work week, thank the unions and the Democrats.
--If you like overtime pay, thank the unions and the Democrats.
--If you like the concept of paid vacation time, thank the unions and the Democrats.
--If you benefit from health and safety regulations in the work place, thank the unions and the Democrats.
--If you support a living wage for all that work and thereby reducing reliance on government support, thank the unions and the Democrats.
I don't regret any of it.
They are honest, forthright and everything they do is legitimate and on the square.
No violence or threats have ever come from DA UNIONS.
Everything they do is above board and professional.
All they are about is caring for the people they represent that can't make it with out them.
With out DA UNIONS we would be no where.
Anyone have any ideas on where Hoffa is and HOW he got there?
Stan I think in my statement I said there have been unions that fell into the hands of bad guys, but you are attempting to raise a point that all unions are like that. That is not true for the majority. Unions are a human institution and they suffer from foibles that any human organization is prone. Unions are all about negotiating compensation and working conditions with employers that would prefer to see their employees as the Little Sisters of the Poor.
But, then this is really not Republican concern about the union's treatment of the poor working stiff. It is really about knocking out a political power source of the opposition. Republicans as a party, never promoted a cause in the interest of the working man.
If you read my post I stated that my issue is with public employee unions.
That was not acceptasble, it's either all or nothing today.
I know how some of the trades unions get guys and work connected.
I am doubtful with all the laws and rules today that the public employee unions save their people from the tyranny and the horrible conditions in their environments.