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  •  Lack of class consciousness is part of the problem (2+ / 0-)
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    captainlaser, BusyinCA

    Another problem is that many white collar workers don't so much aspire to being a manager or capitalist as to just avoid falling into the underclass.  Unions can only win when the threat of strike is a real threat.  Going on strike is a calculated risk for the workers.  Workers in the US today have watched companies move operations with an ease that would have amazed workers before the 1970s.  There's a reason even established unions have felt a need to concede to two tiered wage rates.  It was either that or watch the jobs go away entirely. The reason government unions have been more resilient than other unions is because governments aren't going anyplace.  Most of us, no matter what color our collar, don't have employers who can't pick up and move. The American labor movement needs a new strategy if it is to be relevant in the modern workplace.  What that is I don't know, but depending on organizing workplaces based on a century old unionization model isn't going to work in today's social, economic, and political environment.  

    •  I could not agree more. (1+ / 0-)
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      BusyinCA
      The American labor movement needs a new strategy if it is to be relevant in the modern workplace.
      The strike has pretty much outstripped its usefulness.  

      I think that labor needs to use buying power and investment as their next strategy.  Labor needs to own the means of production and not be dependent on owners of industry who have no loyalty to their firms.   Labor's pensions should be used to buy up the companies that American workers work for.

      We will never be free from fear as long as we fear the NRA.

      by captainlaser on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 08:57:36 PM PDT

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