This describes the decline of labor over decades thanks to the policies of both parties.
The reason I have so many references is to show this is a steadily increasing trend that I continuously update. It is not a vanishing blip on the radar. Failure to deal with this trend will have disastrous consequences for the future.
There is no significant difference between the democrats and republicans on their anti-labor orientation and votes. Examples of both parties working together to diminish the power of labor and unions and thus the middle class include the following.
-Ignoring the anti-union and anti-collective bargaining laws illegally passed in Wisconsin
-Allowing the Employee Free Choice Act to languish in Congress
-Encouraging EGT action against the ILWU even to the extent of hinting that the Coast Guard might be used as an anti-union force (see below for reference)
-Anti-union deals pushed through by democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
-The FAA reauthorization: a recent law passed against airline unions
-Obama getting NAFTA type agreements with Columbia, Korea, and Panama that Bush negotiated but could not get past Congress. (Obama has demonstrated repeatedly that he does get anything he really wants from Congress.)
-We are now also headed for approval of the disastrous and worst of the NAFTA like agreements: the Trans Pacific Partnership.
-Particularly disturbing are changes snuck into the Railway Labor Act which would drastically reduce union power on a statute that that has not been changed for over 75 years.
Shortly after the 2010 elections, Obama took it as his first priority to leave the country and agree to NAFTA-type like agreements with India and South Korea. He has since publicly backed NAFTA agreements for South Korea, Columbia, and Panama. His "Jobs Bill" not only lowers legal protection for unemployed students with giant student loans to pay back, it has as its price the acceptance of three NAFTA agreements. Congress has now rejected his "Jobs Bill" while still approving the NAFTA agreements. Not content with that, we are now also headed for approval of the disastrous and worst of the NAFTA like agreements: the Trans Pacific Partnership. Is it not pretty obvious by now that these type of agreements with countries that have no protections for their workers or the environment are disastrous for the United States? We are done in economically - once again - by a democratic senate and democratic president after the way had been set by a democratic president and all democratic congress.
As Alan Maki - a noted labor leader - said in pointing out the problems with declining union and labor influence,
In addition; anyone can see that most of these jobs are the result of road construction that was obviously held back until the election--- not so much to play with the numbers but to buy votes.
But, the other thing is this: I have reason to believe that most of these jobs are poverty wage jobs based on what I have seen as people getting work in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
What good is a poverty wage job?
And, quite frankly, I noticed there were a lot of chains operations that opened in August and September--- all of which pay poverty wages, and I believe the openings were timed to coincide with the elections. There simply were far too many of these chain outfits having "grand openings" at the same time.
While the numbers themselves may not be lies, fictitious or exaggerated; what is being hidden in these numbers is what tells us the real story.
When an outfit like Menard's can get away with getting all kinds of tax abatements and "incentives" to open a huge new store on Minnesota's Iron Range and the Democrats boast of the two-hundred jobs created without telling the truth that these are mostly part-time jobs paying $7.49 to $8.50 an hour and the grand opening just coincidentally coincides with the release of this employment data and I see the same thing going on in other places I have to question what these figures represent. By the way, many of these Menard's workers are only getting 12 to 14 hours of work a week!
If Obama is calling this "job creation" we have a right to know because if you break these part-time jobs down to the equivalent of full-time jobs coupled with the seasonal construction jobs what do you have? You still end up with a net loss of jobs.
Both democrats and republicans are determined to insure union membership and union power continue to decline as we become more and more like a third world nation. Only when we walk away from from the democrats and republicans to build a third party that really represents our interests can we hope to get off this path.
1-Union Membership in U.S. Fell to a 70-Year Low Last Year
2-The American Majority were Officially Sold Out Today
3-Unions Set to Blast Democrats
4-Obama Set to Use Coast Guard Against ILWU
5-In Wake of Murders of Labor Leaders, AFL-CIO Asks Obama to Delay Colombia Free Trade Agreement
6-Why Black Union Workers Matter In This Year’s Super Bowl Showdown
7-Are Senate Dems About To Cave On GOP Union-Busting?
8-Obama, Democrats Deal Setback to Airline Workers
9-A Civil Right to Unionize
10-Obama Betrays Labor Again, Guts Union Rights
11-Not All Labor Leaders Happy With AFL-CIO's Obama Endorsement
12-Open Letter to Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO
13-Pretending that the Democrats are Better or Even Particularly Different than the Republicans is a Lie
14-As Unions Decline, Inequality Rises
15-Should Labor Boycott Charlotte?
16-List of International Labor Parties
17-$15 Billion Later, No Labor Party (Jill Stein’s Labor Day Message)
18-The Case for Labor Unions in Two Graphs
19-Battle for Worker Rights Moves from WI to CA, Prop. 32 Spun as Campaign Finance Reform
20-In Leaked Documents, Honeywell Cites Obama Ties as Key to Anti-Union Strategy
21-"Right to Work" is Wrong
22-A Talk with a Minnesota Labor Leader
24-The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the human rights of workers to form or join trade unions and to bargain collectively
25-Unions and the Private Sector
26-Botched Union Strategy
27-State-Level Policies Threaten to Further Weaken Unions
28-The Reports of Unions’ Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
29-Beneath the ‘Fair Trade’ Label, Union-Busting Lurks
30-Death of Organized Labor: Death of Middle Class
31-A Labor Litmus Test: Is It Time For Just Cause?
32-Assembly Passes Work-sharing Bill without Collective Bargaining Protection
33-Labour Party Sell Out
34-Obama poised to give presidential seal of approval to gross labor rights violations in Colombia
35-War, Fascism and General Electric
36-Lochnerized: Corporations have Constitutional Rights. Unions? Not So Much
37-Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man
38-Obamacare Opens For Business, Shuts Out Labor
39-“JUST CAUSE:” ISN’T IT TIME FOR ALL WORKERS TO HAVE MORE JOB SECURITY?
40-Inside the Dark Money-Fueled, 50-State Campaign Against American Workers
49-Labor Reform: Proposals to Maximize Workplace Bullying
50-Stephen Lerner and Bill Fletcher on Targeting Bankers, Not Public Workers
51-Obama’s Top Ex-Advisers Are Cashing In On Fighting Unions - Now that they’re not working at the White House, some of the biggest names from the Obama campaigns — Plouffe, Messina, Gibbs, LaBolt — are working against unions.
52-(2104) "Chris Hedges God's Covenant in the Promised Land" Gaza Rally in NYC (video)
53-The American Labor Movement, 2.0 by Anthony Noel
54-Professor calls right-to-work study 'kindergarten math'
55-Rahm Emanuel Is a Union-buster. So Why Are Chicago Unions Backing Him? Most of the city’s labor movement is laying low or supporting the mayor in the upcoming election, despite his well-known anti-worker policies.
56-Robert Reich: America is headed full speed back to the 19th century - Former labor secretary Robert Reich on the dangers of on-demand jobs and our growing intolerance for labor unions
57-To Check Power of Greedy Bosses, Workers Need to Bargain in New Ways
58-Labor takes final stand as Wisconsin prepares way for anti-union law
59-At Home and Abroad, the Labor Movement Comes Roaring Back
60-Court allows Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City to break agreement with unions
62-‘The Roberts Court Finds a New Way to Stack the Deck in Favor of the Rich’ - The Washington Post's Dana Milbank writes that arguments before the court yesterday in a case involving unions and money could mean less political clout for working people.