Reviving Unions

When I was a child my Father was a Teamster.We went on Union picnics and met the Union officials. Unions where strong the as 33% of homes where in Unions. Now in 2014 on 5% of working people are in Unions.

Labor unions are legally recognized as representatives of workers in many industries in the United States. Their activity today centers on strong Collective bargaining" collective bargaining over wages, benefits, and working conditions for their membership, and on representing their members in disputes with management over violations of contract provisions. Larger unions also typically engage in lobbying activities and electioneering at the state and federal level.

Unions began forming in the mid-19th century in response to the social and economic impact of the industrial revolution. National labor unions began to form in the post-Civil War Era. The Knights of Labor"Knights of Labor emerged as a major force in the late 1880s, but it collapsed because of poor organization, lack of effective leadership, disagreement over goals, and strong opposition from employers and government forces.

The;American Federation of Labor" American Federation of Labor, founded in 1886 and led by Samuel Gompers" Samuel Gompers until his death in 1924, proved much more durable. It arose as a loose coalition of various local unions. It helped coordinate and support strikes and eventually became a major player in national politics, usually on the side of the Democrats.

American labor unions benefited greatly from the New Deal" New Deal policies of;Franklin Delano Roosevelt" Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s. The Wagner Act" Wagner Act, in particular, legally protected the right of unions to organize. Unions from this point developed increasingly closer ties to the Democratic Party, and are considered a backbone element of the New Deal Coalition" New Deal Coalition.

The defeat of the UAW by Volkswagon workers show how unions are weak and ineffective in organizing. I tried organizing sweat shops and others and have dealt with ineffectual abilitities for Unions to gain members.

Here is how Unions cane be strong again:

1. Start Worker Owned Co-ops. For example,In 1860 William Sylvis helped establish the National Molders Union which peaked around 1865. Subsequent defeats at the hands of employers left the union diminished, and Sylvis turned to cooperatives as a way to eliminate the wage system and end class conflict. The success of the first foundry cooperative in Troy, New York, spurred the organization of others. the Maryland Brush Company in Baltimore, Maryland – which has operated since 1851 providing stock and custom brush products and related merchandise to the metalwork, rubber, pipeline/welding, and other industries–became employee owned with support from United Steel Workers of America. It is a 100% worker-owned, one-vote-per-person Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in which worker owners have voting rights on all shareholder matters.

2. Self Help Credit Unions:The Center for Community Self-Help (Self-Help), which sponsored the launch of Self-Help Federal, also has a long history serving similar communities. Self-Help is a leading community development financial institution (CDFI) that has been offering loans and financial services to underserved communities Over this period, Self-Help has provided more than $6.08 billion of financing to over 74,000 families of modest means, small businesses and nonprofit organizations across the country, This also incurs Social Enterprise.

3. Social Action: Work Outside the Democrats and Republicans. Endorse Socialist and Working Families Parties. Full detail of Community Redevelopment and Sustainable Communities.

Unions can become strong again in so many ways. They can be open and inclusive, and support the American Labor Party.

4. Fight Against Poverty: Combating poverty and social exclusion is one of the specific goals of the EU and its Member States in the social policy field. Article 19 TFEU allows the EU to take action to fight discrimination both by offering legal protection for potential victims and by establishing incentive measures.
A.Fight against poverty and social exclusion
Between 1975 and 1980, as part of its first anti-poverty programme, the European Economic Community conducted an initial set of pilot projects and pilot studies designed to combat poverty and exclusion. This first programme was followed by two others (1985-1989 and 1989-1994). In 1992 the Council adopted two landmark recommendations, one on common criteria concerning sufficient resources and social assistance in social protection systems (92/441/EEC) and the other on the convergence of social protection objectives and policies (92/442/EEC). However, Community action in this area was continually being contested in the absence of a legal basis. This problem was solved with the entry into force of the Treaty of Amsterdam, which enshrined the eradication of social exclusion as an objective of Community social policy. Once again Europe leads the way, which is what we should have been doing in the USA.

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