In more than 160 countries worldwide, workers enjoy a legal entitlement to paid sick leave. The US is not among them. Instead, like such bastions of individual liberty and economic efficiency as Mongolia, Angola, and Mozambique, we leave our workers free to choose between their health and their job.
My friend and mentor Big Stu provides a succinct answer to the question, “Are unions still relevant?“
The story itself is classic Fox: feigned objectivity while implicitly slanting the story in favor of the corporate narrative. Yes, “the numbers don’t lie”. But the numbers have a history, one that Fox and other corporate outlets persistently distort or ignore altogether.
Union membership didn’t magically shrink. The decline was the intended result of a sustained ideological, political, and economic campaign aimed at redistributing wealth and power away from workers to further enrich and empower the already wealthy and powerful, and at delegitimizing every social movement and institution–including but not limited to labor unions–that dares stand up for social justice and economic democracy.
Survey reveals little faith in “free market capitalism”, widespread support for regulation and redistribution
A BBC survey finds a high degree of skepticism about “free market capitalism” across 27 countries. Even in the U.S., fewer than one-quarter of respondents agreed that it “works well and increased regulation will make it less efficient”. Overall, “free market capitalism” garnered uncritical support from only 11% of respondents, while nearly a quarter agreed that it “is fatally flawed and a different economic system is needed”, and a majority endorsed regulation, reform, and redistribution to cure the inefficiencies and inequities of capitalism.
A great resource exposing the nasty and often illegal tactics of the real “labor thugs”: corporations and their hired lackeys who block workers from exercising their legal and human right to organize for their mutual aid and protection.
Mr. Fishman [deposed CEO of failed bank Washington Mutual], who has been on the job for less than three weeks, is eligible for $11.6 million in cash severance and will get to keep his $7.5 million signing bonus