Maybe a strong, determined labor movement would be more effective than the Occupy Movement. I think so, but then I'm hard-core union. Thom apparently mentioned this list recently:

With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in man, than any other association of men. Clarence Darrow

Did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible?

Weekends without work

All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks

Paid vacation

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Sick leave

Social Security

Minimum wage

Civil Rights Act/Title VII - prohibits employer discrimination

8-hour work day

Overtime pay

Child labor laws

Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)

40-hour work week

Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)

Unemployment insurance


Workplace safety standards and regulations

Employer health care insurance

Collective bargaining rights for employees

Wrongful termination laws

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)

Whistleblower protection laws

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) - prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee

Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)

Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)

Sexual harassment laws

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Holiday pay

Employer dental, life, and vision insurance

Privacy rights

Pregnancy and parental leave

Military leave

The right to strike

Public education for children

Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 - requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work

Laws ending sweatshops in the United States

Thank a union member by buying union-made in America products!


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caroline01 3 years 22 weeks ago

Where is John L. Lewis when we need him? Well, maybe not John L. but someone with his dedication, his force and his courage. Strong unions and strong, honest union leadership - bring 'em back. With Wall Street and wealth on one side there needs to be an equally strong force capable of a credible opposition. Unions are workers, the public. And Wall Street?

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