Achievements of Organized Labor

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There was a short discussion on Wednesday's show about the challenges of finding information on the internet about the achievements of organized labor over the past century. The challenge was attributed to right wing domination of the media, which seems to have the effect of pushing out progressive views. But like many things, it seems to matter what search terms are entered. Googling for "labor union achievements" yields as the first result the following from the website Good talking points all for the anti-union conservatives in your life:

  • End child labor
  • Establish the legal right of workers to form unions and collectively bargain for wages, benefits and working conditions
  • Establish the 8 hour work day and paid overtime
  • Win workers' comp benefits for workers injured on the job
  • Secure unemployment insurance for workers who lose their jobs
  • Secure a guaranteed minimum wage
  • Improve workplace safety and reduce on the job fatalities
  • Win pensions for workers
  • Win health care insurance for workers
  • Win paid sick leave, vacations, and holidays as standard benefits for most workers
  • Win the right for public sector workers to collectively bargain
  • Win passage of the Civil Right Acts and Title VII which outlaws job discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin
  • Win passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • Win passage of the Family Medical Leave Act
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Jun. 9, 2010 8:14 am

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