Happy Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day

Postby Shorty » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:56 am

Happy Labor Day! Thanks to the unions and their workers. As Ronald Reagan said: "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost".

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Re: Happy Labor Day

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Re: Happy Labor Day

Postby Steve Vokers » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:02 am

Meade wrote:RONALD REAGAN


Was that before or after he crushed the air traffic controller's union?

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Re: Happy Labor Day

Postby Meade » Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:55 pm

Steve Vokers wrote:Was that before or after he crushed the air traffic controller's union?

I believe that was before the air traffic controllers' union, PATCO, initiated their final illegal strike against the federal government, calling Reagan's bluff when he said he would fire traffic controllers who walked off the job. The feckless duped-by-their-own-union leaders workers who went ahead and struck essentially crushed their own union. Much like the government school teachers did in Wisconsin in 2011.

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Re: Happy Labor Day

Postby rabble » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:43 pm

When the overworked air traffic controllers went on strike to prevent an air disaster caused by too much traffic controlled by tired and understaffed control crews, he fired them all and replaced them with undertrained personnel. To prevent a disaster, they cut air traffic in half and increased crew size. In this fashion, a major catastrophe was averted. Quietly, avoiding publicity, the size of the crews was permanently increased, training was intensified, equipment was upgraded, and air traffic was kept to manageable levels instead of increasing at an exponential pace. All of these things were in the demands of the striking controllers.

The air traffic controllers sacrificed their careers and saved countless lives in the process. Like most labor, they are unsung heroes and maligned by those they have protected.

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Re: Happy Labor Day

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:00 pm

In future please refer to it by the new name, "Right to work day"

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Re: Happy Labor Day

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:14 pm

In honor of Labor Day, I want to recognize the victims of the Bay View Massacre. Those brave men and boys gave up their lives to get us the eight hour work day and the very concept of the weekend.

Enjoy your three days off from work.

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Re: Happy Labor Day

Postby Meade » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:26 pm

rabble wrote:All of these things were in the demands of the striking controllers.

The illegally striking controllers.

FDR would have done the same thing Reagan did.

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Re: Happy Labor Day

Postby rabble » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:29 pm

Eyeah. Striking was illegal when the strikers were shot down by company thugs too.

Don't make what was done to 'em right, don't change the number of lives they saved. IF FDR had done the same thing, and there's no real reason to think he would have, it would have been just as wrong.

And remember folks, don't worry about any lives in danger. As long as you're technically within the law, it's okay. There's nothing in history about people who broke the law to do the right thing. At least, not that matters.


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