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âEUR~Right-to-WorkâEUR(TM) Is Hot Election Issue Between Unions, Business in Va.

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: freedoms, economy )

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The senior executive from the nationâEUR(TM)s largest labor group walked door-to-door through a middle-class neighborhood in Northern Virginia carrying a twin message for union households.


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Phyllis P (237)
Sunday October 16, 2016, 4:19 pm
“Anything that comes up against unions, I’m voting no,” Brown, 68, assured Gebre. Without unions, Brown said, “it means employers can fire you for no reason at all.”

The involvement of Gebre, ­executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, underlined the high stakes for unions as they try to end a string of political defeats in state elections across the country.

Virginia is one of five states where voters this year will make decisions affecting “right-to-work” laws, a clunky name for legislation that reduces income to unions.

Unions are fighting back, trying to build a retaining wall in Virginia and elsewhere against an anti-labor tide that began in 2012 with key victories for conservatives and business groups in the Midwest. Since then, four states have passed right-to-work statutes. That brought the number of states with such laws to 26.

[Right-to-work measure headed for Virginia ballot.]

Virginia has been right-to-work by statute since 1947, but Question 1 on state ballots on Nov. 8 would enshrine the policy in the state constitution. Repeal would then be far more difficult for future governors and state legislators.

Phyllis P (237)
Sunday October 16, 2016, 4:19 pm
I'm not sure how I feel about the unions. Welcoming comments from both sides, pro and con.

Rob P (0)
Sunday October 16, 2016, 4:50 pm
...'right-to-work' is a Union busting euphemism for the right to fire an employee without cause. An individual isn't compelled to join a union if they don't want to, but doing so will protect a worker from any employer taking arbitrary action against them, while guaranteeing workers a living wage. If Corporate America opposes it, then you can bet it stifles their single minded drive to maximize profits at the expense of their workforce.

Animae C (507)
Sunday October 16, 2016, 5:24 pm
i agree 100% with Rob!

Workers in Australia get decent minimum wages & have job security, why, because we have strong unions, which corporate Australia & our right wing government opposes!

Do not listen to right wing conservative propaganda!
Protect your unions because it will only get worse for working Americans without them!

Solitary Eagle (324)
Sunday October 16, 2016, 6:22 pm
Rob P. said it much better than I ever could. I completely agree.

JL A (281)
Sunday October 16, 2016, 7:47 pm
Workers in right to work states earn less for the same work than in comparable cost of living, etc. states than those in states without such laws.

Jim P (3247)
Sunday October 16, 2016, 11:47 pm
Right-to-work is a complete misnomer. See & read Rob's explanation above.

What have unions done for us? For Example:
Outlaw child labor.
The 8 Hour Workday.
Health plans & sick leave.
Maternity leave.
Vacation time.
Social Security & Medicare.

Unions helped USA to become the most powerful and productive nation on earth.

MmAway M (514)
Sunday October 16, 2016, 11:54 pm

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday October 17, 2016, 2:42 am
Join the Union - you'll all benefit from fighting together.

David C (108)
Monday October 17, 2016, 9:03 am
strength in Unions.....peace....right to work for less ......

People are people, from space, no borders

Sheila D (194)
Monday October 17, 2016, 1:52 pm
Growing up in a Union family I saw first hand how the unions helped people, including my father. Without the unions now, wages and health care have fallen to below what is actually a living wage and health care that the employers choose, not necessarily what is needed. Then there are the outsourced jobs. Thanx Phyllis.

Beth M (138)
Monday October 17, 2016, 2:59 pm
My home state. My husband was a union president. He hated when he had to defend bad employees who could not be fired. Unions can be good, but they also protect some workers who are bad apples.

Trish K (29)
Monday October 17, 2016, 6:02 pm
Dues paying Member of the AFL-CIO since 1965. I wouldn't have felt safe working any other way. I chose a job that would pay me the same as men, give me great medical insurance for life and a pension. I am still proud to be a Union member and carry my card with all the rest. I felt insulated by the union. I was secretary, transcriber and negotiator at different times and much more - including sitting in on management jobs with equal pay. I worked for the the government of the USA. It was a very good deal then. I will always say - Yes to UNION"S - Unions are a very good thing and so are Union People.

Shirley S (187)
Monday October 17, 2016, 9:41 pm
Stay with unions if you want protection of jobs & decent wages.

Danuta W (1251)
Tuesday October 18, 2016, 3:13 am

Janet B (0)
Tuesday October 18, 2016, 12:55 pm

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Tuesday October 18, 2016, 1:36 pm
Noted, Thanks

TomCat S (127)
Tuesday October 18, 2016, 1:56 pm
Right to work is a misnomer for right to exploit workers. Vote AGAINST enshrining it in the VA constitution.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday October 18, 2016, 2:33 pm
Agree with TomCat

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday October 18, 2016, 2:34 pm
I hit the enter button before I meant to. Agree with TomCat's comment. Thanks Phyllis

Suzanne L (99)
Tuesday October 18, 2016, 10:20 pm
I've worked in a unionized job and a non-unionized job. I never regretted paying a dime for my union dues. When I went to the non-unionized place the initial Executive Director was very fair and generous to employees, but when he left we got a Trump-alike bully and the workplace culture and environment went right down the tubes. I'm for unions. The "right to work" thing is a scam meant to weaken unions and benefit management.

Joanne p (13)
Wednesday October 19, 2016, 3:36 am

W. C (7)
Wednesday October 19, 2016, 11:40 am
Thank you.

Janet B (0)
Wednesday October 19, 2016, 7:15 pm

Janet B (0)
Wednesday October 19, 2016, 7:15 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday October 21, 2016, 10:11 pm
Thank you
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