My dad, for quite a while, did the negotionations between Northern Telecom (before they become Nortel and royally screwed themselves over), and was pretty close to being a union buster. There were time where he nearly got into fisticuffs with reps from the Communications Workers of America - but there were others he quite liked, and quite respected; some of them were very good negotioators and did very well for their clients, some did not. I think, Unions, like companies, share this. But Unions are consolidated a lot over the years, which means it far easier to group them into one giant whole.
Oddly enough (for a right wing ideologue) I am not anti union per se. I am anti goverment supported union. If it was not for for the support of the goverment in taxes, regulation, judicial areas, unions would be fine. There is a disgusting incestuous relationship though. That's why most union members are goverment employees. (here in the USA at least).
Hmm....this one of those e-mails floating around:
This quote was translated into English from an article appearing in the Czech Republic as published in the Prager Zeitung of 28 April 2010.
The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.
The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.
The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.
sounds about right.
as for unions - the idea of all of the workers in one particular field agreeing that they won't work below a certain salary and without certain conditions makes a lot of sense if you've worked for just above minimum wage in crappy conditions and been treated like dirt in a job that pretty much requires a BA in a particular field.
the idea of the union developing a life of its own, otoh...
I realize Christianity has a lot of skeletons in its closet, too, but I suppose it's funnier when you see it happening in another religion:
The URL pretty well describes it. Basically, they have this problem. Men and women aren't supposed to mix in their society unless certain conditions are met. But their rules make life ridiculous, and cause people to be punished for truly stupid reasons. So they're trying to find a way around their rule... which leads to something so fucking ridiculous that it kind of blows the mind that religious cleric would dare go there.
I saw that. I'm wondering how long before Ultra-Orthodox Jews put out something that absurd... :(
One more reason to not let religious people make law?
Yeah, this is why we have a separation of church and state.
hm, maybe they should fill milk of several women into an jar, mix it, and let several men drink of it, so they may talk to each other if noone is arround ;-)
Wasn't there that story of an american women giving her breast milk to her cancer sick dad?
I had not heard about the American lady and her father.
banks in size rather well:
I wish people would pay Mr. Fisher a little more attention on this matter. To date, nobody has
really attacked this problem properly, in my view.
75,000 Uzbeks flee ethnic riots in Kyrgyzstan
(over 100 confirmed dead)
Why is this getting less press than 9 dead with Hamas ties who tried to break a blockade and then attacked soldiers who had warned them of their intent to board and force them to land at a different port?!
(btw, the other 5 ships were boarded, forced to land at the Ashdod port, and their cargo was inspected and then shipped to Gaza, except for the EXPIRED medications) And the one where the 9 died had NO humanitarian aid on it. None.
Another link from Huffington...
In this one, the writer refutes many of Sarah Palin's points from her blog where she takes Obama to task:
Q: I think I've heard of one of them. Sarah Palin is the same woman who resigned in disgrace from the Alaska governorship not so long ago... right?
Right, and people don't take him seriously.