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Solidarity Forever

World  (tags: Solidarity Forever, Union, World Crisis, Living Wage, Safe working conditions, Ralph Chaplin, Laborers, May 1, May Day, International Workers Day )

- 1821 days ago -
"Solidarity Forever" was written by Ralph Chaplin in 1915. Around the world the Laborers the Workers are toiling in unsafe conditions and below living wage to feed and shelter families. The Few exploiting the Many will only end when Unionized everywhere.

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Angelika R (143)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:14 pm
my saying for a LOOONG TIME- UNIONS, UNIONS; you need UNIONS and more UNIONS ! thx Sheryl!

Apolonia Pl (392)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:18 pm
Old version by Pete Seeger:

Angelika R (143)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:19 pm
I see Apolonia below in the notes avatars and I know she is emotional listening to this-where would they be without solidarnosc..

Angelika R (143)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:21 pm
lol-the VERY moment i have clicked submit your star arrived,- almost telepathic ,-thanks Apolonia!

Iona Kentwell (129)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:32 pm
I used to belong to a union choir. We LOVED singing this song!

Millie O (147)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:51 pm
The only way the workers can get equality, solidarity and their earned rights is having Unions. I totally agree. :-)

Terry V (30)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:08 pm
Guess I'm getting OLD, but I LOVE Pete Seeger's version. Thank you you Sheryl and Apolonia

Sheryl G (363)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:09 pm
Thank you Apolonia for the video sung by Pete Seeger, one I had seen the one you left, and I debated as to which one to place onto C2. Here is live link to Apolonia's offering.
Pete Seeger Solidarity Forever

As much as I admire and like Pete Seeger and have seen him in person during the sixites and seventies when we marched on the VietNam War, Civil Rights, Womens Movement, as well as the Anti Nuke as he was at many of those places to lend his voice; I finally chose the one I did, as I wanted it to be seen as a global struggle that it is, hence the picture of the globe to go with the words.

Naoko i (264)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:06 pm
Unions and cooperatives.

Christeen A (370)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:10 pm
I enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing.

Rose Becke (141)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:28 pm
Great Post

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:29 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

Russell R (87)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:32 pm
The recession we just went through and still are in, is a union breaking tactic. Close down and rebuild! Automotive - Airlines - etc.

Apolonia Pl (392)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:43 pm
Yes Angelika, this song brings a lot of memories to my mind and heart about first SOLIDARITY time in Poland. That song was very popular in those days, even more than official anthem of SOLIDARITY... Particulary when delegation from AFL CIO came to visit us, they were surprised that so many Poles can sing that American song... It was sung on almost every unionist meeting... :-)

Judith Hand (55)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:03 pm
Noted. What a super song, written 2 years after my Dad was born. I've been in Florida almost 25 years and I'm still trying to understand how they got away without unions for so long. There are some, but you'd think they were the enemy. Just the song's inspiring, isn't it? Thanks!

Sheryl G (363)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:10 pm
You are so correct Jude, the Right to Work States are hard to make a living in and get by in. With more and more northerners now moving into Florida that are not retired; I hope in time that will change. But it's a slow education in getting people to realize that the propaganda of not having Unions mostly comes from those who benefit the most by not having Unions......and it isn't the average worker who benefits.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:20 pm
Thanks for sharing this great article.

Kit B (276)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:33 pm

I think we need to learn Solidarity all over. Like you, I too remember Pete Seeger from those days now gone bye.

How did Unions ever become a past tense? When we need them the most, the corporate giants have managed to destroy them one by one.

Gloria p (304)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:42 pm
We had a good country when unions were strong. After mr trickle down screwed everyone jobs went overseas.

Gina Caracci (219)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:07 pm
Ive never been in a union, but Ive heard some stories that dont make them look too good.. a schools union for one where someone is not doing their job, deliberately, yet cant be fired..

but anything that will protect workers from the govt is ok in my book..those people in bangladesh need this!!

Sheryl G (363)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:23 pm
Anytime you have an organization it's going to have it's flaws and not be perfect. But many of the stories one has heard bashing the Unions is started from propaganda.

The Plutocrats do not want Unions for then they all might have to share some of the wealth. I'd rather have a few Laborers be kept on, maybe past their time and look into each individual case, than to keep Unions from forming and have millions of people suffering.

Is similar view I have on death penalty, I'd rather they all live than have one innocent person killed.

Laurie H (817)
Monday April 29, 2013, 7:08 pm
Thanks Sheryl for this posting. It's true no system is without flaws & this brings back memories. People are suffering & we need to take a hard look at what can be done to help. Yes, Kit, the mega corporations had a huge hand in what's happened up to date & we need to get serious, put the pieces back together & save this country~~ I pray that we can~~

Edith B (146)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:48 pm
Thanks for posting this Sheryl. Our unions are being destroyed one by one and our laborers are suffering for it. Our middle and lower classes need to unite and fight for their rights to be treated fairly.

Jakob S (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:57 pm
Blind solidarity is known to be destructive. 'Tribal' associations may bring pride, but can bring hatred and war almost as easily.

Patricia H. (440)
Monday April 29, 2013, 10:15 pm

RosemaryRannes H (650)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:11 pm
Thank you Dandelion~Sheryl ... too true that the women's movement fought long and hard to win their rights to a union.

Following the disastrous collapse of the warehouse in Bangladesh recently where hundreds of lives were 'sacrificed' clearly Unions are necessary in third world countries.Criminal charges hopefully will ensue against those responsible.

This new item posted by Robert 3 days ago is a tragic testament for the need of Unions in Bangladesh factories.

Bangladesh: Tragedy Shows Urgency of Worker Protections

Here's the text from the first paragraph:
" The collapse of an eight-story factory building near Dhaka shows the urgent need to improve Bangladesh’s protections for worker health and safety, Human Rights Watch said today. Reforms should include a drastic overhaul of the government’s system of labor inspections and an end to government efforts to thwart the right of workers to unionize."

So i do appreciate your Solidarity Forever / Globe representing the fact that Unions must be a Global fact for all workers to be protected.
Both versions express the same ideal - Solidarity.

Robert O (12)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:20 pm
Wonderful. Thanks Dandelion.

RosemaryRannes H (650)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:23 pm
Sheryl I just crossposted your news Solidarity Forever on Robert Tomlinson's news Bangladesh: Tragedy Shows Urgency of Worker Protections which is definitely worthy of noting.
Also posted to Twitter with my appreciation.

Irene S (69)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:01 am
Thank you for your reminder!

Danuta W (1248)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:12 am

Ben O (171)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:14 am
Believe it or not; -I can remember a time when the word "Solidarity" had a meaning...

Frances D (135)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:33 am
For workers everywhere especially the Third world, We must fight for them .

Glenn B (196)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:43 am

John B (185)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 3:19 am
Thanks Dandelion for the post. Noted.

P A (117)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 4:06 am
Thanks Dandelion - we must return to a more even equilibrium where workers have rights and work in safe factories for decent wages, and employers get a decent return for their investment - and DON'T dodge their taxes.

PS - I have just had an email from 38 Degrees - a UK based petition site, saying that an accountant hired by them and paid for by their members has found that NPower (a large power company owned by RWE - one of Europe's five largest power suppliers) has apparently created a shell company on an island and has diverted money there - thus avoiding the necessity for the company to pay taxes - unlike us lesser mortals. How much would they have paid? A mere SIXTY MILLION POUNDS.


Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 4:27 am
Thanks Dandelion for the good post.

Patricia E G (54)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 4:39 am
Perfect Dandelion.
Unions are a blessing
The "Norma Rae" movie is an excellent source
to explore the bases of unionization.

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 5:23 am
I'm embarassed to say the only union I was ever in was the BNA. boat n words of America.
Thanks Dandelion. ...I drink you twice a day in the form of tea, you're delicious and healthy, lol

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 6:05 am
Thank you Rosemary for pointing out Roberts story and for adding the link to this story upon it.

Pat A, I believe it was Kit that posted a story of this island you speak about. If I can find the video or story I will leave a link here or if Kit reads this and knows of what I'm speaking perhaps she can leave the link. In the story it spoke of this island that has some huge amount of Companies or "shell companies" that this island is not in anyway able to produce something like that. Just a small island and most of those Companies I suspect are housed in the same business address.

Disgusting and this all needs to stop, it is destroying all of our Countries, and while they ask Austerity of the people already hurting these Trillions of dollars are just sitting in accounts instead of going to help the Nations in which they earned these trillions off of the backs of the laborers.

The People must DEMAND of their Leadership that this be stopped and if their current Leadership doesn't do so then we need to get them out and bring in people who will clear up this mess. We have Elizabeth Warren who is a fighter, but she can't do it alone in the USA, and there was some fiesty woman in the UK giving a go at it, but more must join her too.

paul m (93)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 6:14 am


Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 7:34 am
It's a trade off. Yes some unions are corrupt and yes it sometimes protects bad and lazy workers, but these days the corporations are running roughshod over the working class and are becoming far too powerful. They are destroying our society as well as our planet!We need to do asomething before we can't!

Apolonia Pl (392)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 8:19 am
There's power in the union

Apolonia Pl (392)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 8:21 am
Something went wrong, so again:

Apolonia Pl (392)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 8:22 am

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 8:59 am
Apolonia, I'll try to help you further on this. However until we get it straightened out, here is the live link that Apolonia is trying to leave on here. Good song, powerful.
There Is Power In a Union Bill Bragg

alicia m (97)
Friday December 27, 2013, 3:30 am
noted, gracias
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