Video: healthcare worker intimidated by union enforcers

| August 21 2013
Christopher Cook

Think about this for a moment:

If there were a political or economic movement classically associated with the political RIGHT (instead of the left) that used thuggish, violent, or intimidating tactics, do you think maybe that thuggishness would be a bit more of a generally known fact of life?

Please. Day care workers would sing songs with their four year olds to teach them about the dangers of unions, and the tots would come home with coloring book pages where they’d colored pictures of nice policeman carting away union thugs. Instead, since it’s a phenomenon of the left, it’s barely talked about.

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2 comments
Brooks1
Brooks1

This is extreme to say the least.  I am a Union person, I believe in collective bargaining and democracy and yes even at work.  I also respect those individuals whom have differing opions to that of mine.  Unions are not bad.  Unions are people helping people in the work place and in the communities in which they operate.  The accusations and sterotyping of Unions as thugs, and bullies is outdated and simply wrong.  In my Union and in many Unions across this great nation there are differing opinions but at the end of the day the leadership follows the directive that the membership sets.  We do not need to repeat history and find ourselves back in the days where workers toiled for 16 to 18 hours a day 7 days a week and still had no buying power or benefits, but it is this rehtoric right here that will place this country in that same situation.  Unions again are good hard working people helping to improve the quality of life for its members and the community and Unions are the reason that there is a middle class in this country.  The facts are the facts and I only hope and pray that the citizens of this great country wake up and see this fact before it is to late and begin to repeat history. 

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

@Brooks1 I respect, and am grateful for, the irenic and calm way that you have expressed your opinions. Thank you.

Two points spring to mind right away in response:

1. There have been approximately 50,000 acts of union violence since 1975. That's almost 4 acts of violence a day, every day. Unions clearly have a violence problem. The "thug" appellation is not stereotyping. It is, tragically, all too accurate.

Of course, that does not mean that you are bad, or that all unionized workers are bad. But facts are facts.


2. Union membership in the private sector is down to less than 10%. The 90+ percent of non-unionized businesses have not become 18-hour-a-day sweatshops. I think this is a strong argument against the common argument that unions are the only thing standing between workers and a Dickensian nightmare.