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Editorial: A short history, and personal experience about unions




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Tracy Joseph Bogert
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March 21, 2012 | 1,501 views | 21 comments

Unions arose in the United States in the 1850s. Many unions collapsed during the 1880s due to lack of leadership. However, the American Federation of Labor endured through much turmoil. The AFL was led by Samuel Gompers. It later merged with the CIO and to this day is still a power in national and local politics. The AFL-CIO is the umbrella organization for almost all unions in the United States. . . .

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4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
March 25, 2012 10:31am
 
Unions are a nest of pit vipors seething with corruption, violence, payoffs, and lawbreaking.

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
March 25, 2012 7:38am
 
"Unions definitely had a place from 1880 to 1960. " We must differentiate between trade unions, which on the whole are a beneficial and necessary thing, and it's evil distant cousin, the Labor Union ... More ›

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
March 25, 2012 2:20am
 
Who knew that the Unions have so much power? How did they do on NAFTA? To insinuate that unions passed these laws in Congress and had the President sign is laughable. Talk about a stretch that all 36 items became ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 23, 2012 3:12pm
 
I think the AFL/CIO must have had some input on the writing of the bible....How else do you explain the six day work week and the ten percent dues.

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
March 23, 2012 11:42am
 
In Michigsn- you mean the state whose economy is so far in the tank that most small factories have shut their doors, and the businesses all around them have had to close down because the entire neighborhood has fallen into shambles? ... More ›

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
March 23, 2012 7:02am
 
"In Michigan when you call the union ..." A trade union that operates to ensure the integrity of it's members and their skills is a totally different animal than what has evolved with the corrupt, communist ... More ›

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
March 23, 2012 6:37am
 
Comrade Bogert, google the 7 day work week. You won't find it. The 6 hour work week was a standard. The reason was religion, not rioting union thugs. You may not be a liar, though I suspect you would lie if it served ... More ›

 
retiredinlavernia  
lavernia  
March 23, 2012 5:53am
 
There are many many things bad about the unions but there are also good reasons - Even from a employeer's viewpoint - My father was in construction his whole life - The first 40 or so years in Michigan where the unions ... More ›

 
Tracy Bogert  
Von Ormy, TX  
March 22, 2012 10:02pm
 
Hey rockin chair so 11% of the workforce completely controls the US economy?Really?

 
Tracy Bogert  
Von Ormy, TX  
March 22, 2012 9:47pm
 
Hey rockin chair I actually new Constantine. He told me for sure he worked a minimum of 6 days per week and sometimes noon till 6 on Sundays. I think you are a liar. (:

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