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Republicans’ war on labor is gaining steam in America



Published: Thu, August 14, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Republicans’ war on labor is gaining steam in America

The Republicans’ war on labor has taken American workers from a moderate lifestyle story to a rags story. In the beginning, before the labor movement, employers worked their “captive labor” 12 hours a day, seven days a week for 25 cents an hour with no safety rules or regulations.

These employers are directly responsible for the creation and need for labor unions, the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, just to name a few.

In the 1980s, then President Ronald Reagan abolished the cost-of-living adjustment, citing it as inflationary, thus freezing wages as the cost of living skyrocketed. This move alone was instrumental in creating what is now known as “the working poor.”

This brings us to 2014. We have Republican governors quoted as saying they want no labor unions in their states. Labor unions are the only real path for the middle class to secure a profitable wage. Poverty is not self- inflicted; just go to your local grocery store or gas station. What do you think a worker should be paid, not only to survive, but to profit?

It’s a fact that corporate America and the wealthy white Republican male has tried to buy and run our country with their money and are responsible for all the big government in Washington, D.C. These people would like nothing better than to go “back to the beginning” when everything was stacked in their favor and the American workers were left with nothing. With the recent Republican majority Supreme Court decisions, they are well on their way to just that.

American workers need to wake up. Save collective bargaining so you can retire with dignity. Our constitution says “for the people, by the people.” It does not say “for the rich, by the rich.”

David P. Gaibis, New Castle, Pa.

Correction

Dr. Mark C. Vopat, a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University, notes that his letter published in Tuesday’s Vindicator contained two errors:

First, he listed the cost of cellphones for the YSU’s Athletic Department as $175,000. The correct cost is $17,500.

Second, 44 percent — not 48 percent — of overhead lighting in Bliss Recital Hall must be replaced.


Comments

1steivo(540 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

David,
Instead of discussing ancient history from 40-50 years ago, what about the War on Labor being conducted by the current Democratic administration:

1) Imposing a "Cadillac tax" on health insurance benefits that unions have fought for over many years.
2) Refusing to sign the Keystone Pipeline project that would result in thousands on new high paying Union jobs just to satisfy some uber-rich enviro-nazi's.
3) Using his pen and phone to allow hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to flood into the country and take Union jobs away.
4) Conducting a War on Coal with many good paying jobs in the coal industry lost just to satisfy the same uber-rich enviro-nazi's. Ironically, one of the uber-rich enviro-nazi's made his fortune in the coal industry, but now is opposed to it.

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2dontbeafool(1101 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Broken record EIVO. If you keep repeating it, you will eventually believe it. Also you talk out of both sides of your mouth. You say that you want jobs in one breath, then you say that there are already tons of jobs, but the lazy people just refuse to work. Just check the Vindy want ads as you always say. And let's not forget who embraced illegals coming over to do the work that most Americans won't do.

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3tnmartin(311 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

there is a huge difference between supporting the workers of America, and supporting the vile and despicable behavior of labor unions in the country going back decades. Want to recall the issues of FASH vs. the Teamsters?
Fact is, given a choice -- remember that word? -- a whole lot of people choose to tell the thugs and creeps of the AFL-CIO, SEIU, etc. etc. to take a hike. And are better off for it, And no longer seeing the committeemen and shop stewards of the local doing their best to keep drunks and thieves -- I've seen it -- from being fired, while collecting union dues to support the Defecrat Party regardless.

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4jojuggie(1484 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Right To Work Ohio - Here We Come. It's about time.

Have you noticed that GM has not had a strike for a number of years. Yeah, they have their tale between their legs instead of wagging it.

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5billdog1(1804 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

The problem on either side of this argument is the extremes of both sides. STEIVO not one of your arguments is a simple job no job. The Keystone pipeline will not create any sustainable jobs of a significant number. Building it will be a couple thousand jobs, then a few to maintain it. The industry wants it sent to a port refinery so that it can ships to other countries without tax. Removal of tax is not beneficial to the USofA. Originates out of the country (Canada) leave via USofA port and never is inventoried with in the country.

Coal is old technology. Why not just burn wood? Natural gas is far more economical and cleaner. That is why we no longer heat our home with it. Some change is good and makes sense.

Our current PONTUS has deported more illegals than the previous two PONTUS'. Know your facts. As far as your evasive implication as to Executive Orders look it up, Obammy has used the pen less then his predecessor or the previous three PONTUS'.

There is no tax on health insurance. However, McCain wanted to do just that.

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6steivo(540 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

"They manipulated deportation data to make it appear that the Border Patrol was deporting more illegal immigrants than the Bush administration," Dobbs said July 1, 2014. "The Homeland Security secretary had to admit before Congress that was not the case -- that, in fact, they were manipulating the numbers."
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And how is the Cadillac tax on health insurance not a tax on health insurance? We need the supreme court to straighten that one out.

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7billdog1(1804 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Keep listening to Slush Bimbaugh and you will remain forever ignorant.

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8jojuggie(1484 comments)posted 4 months ago

Rush is a multi - multi millionaire. Has been on radio for a hundred years. Has multi - multi listeners, not like that Democrat Air America that declared bankruptcy.

billdog sounds like one of 9 listeners to MSNBC.

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