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September 11, 2013

Dear Editor, It is impossible to overstate the importance of old-fashioned “resistance.” Without resistance things can get out of hand very quickly. Take the schoolyard bully for example....

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turley

Sep-11-13 1:20 PM

Hmmm....it would appear that about 92% of the private sector workforce, as well as about 88% of the public sector employees, are being "bullied" into going to work....because that is the present percentage of American workers who do NOT belong to any union. Its not that the unions do not try to sign them up. Its just that the workers are smarter than they were 30-40 years ago, so they simply vote against joining....like the Nissan autoworkers in Marysville for many years....todays worker also knows that the union will NOT challenge or confront an oppressive management....they are interested in only one thing....feeding their members wallets to backstabbers like obama, jay rockefeller and sherrod brown, who shake their hand at the union hall right after voting them out of their jobs in DC!!!

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Thoughtful

Sep-11-13 3:29 PM

comments right put of the 1920's. Sir, I can take you to millions of employees who DO NOT feel that way about their employer !!!!!!!!!!!

It is 2013. !!!!!!!!! times have changed........

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Thoughtful

Sep-11-13 5:00 PM

You may disagree BUT my statement is TRUE!!!!

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turley

Sep-11-13 11:51 PM

People like Ben have likely never ventured or worked outside the hills of this Valley.....his post war viewpoint is laughable in 2013 America.

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promo61

Sep-12-13 10:43 AM

Robber Barons and Draconian? I thought I was reading a chapter from Game of Thrones.

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turley

Sep-12-13 1:07 PM

I would post more about Bens antique views, but I have to go to WORK now at the horrible non-union slave camp that pays my bills, insures my family, provides my paid vacations, and supplements my 401K....all WITHOUT union dues for the democratic party!

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promo61

Sep-13-13 9:06 AM

Lots of disagrees, yet no rebuttal. Hmmmmm.

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oluhjnb

Sep-13-13 5:35 PM

I quess nobody gives a poot about your thoughts about unions.

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BushCrimeFamily

Sep-13-13 6:15 PM

1. My Berkeley colleague, professor Immanuel Saez, who has done the pioneering work on assessing inequality in the U.S., has just released his latest study, bringing his data up to 2012. His finding: The income share of the top 1 percent of earners in 2012 returned to the same level as before both the Great Recession and the Great Depression: over 22 percent. The study also shows that almost all the gains over the last 20 years have gone to the very top. Between 1993 and 2012, the real incomes of the top 1% grew 86.1%, while those of the bottom 99% grew 6.6% (the top 1% is defined as families with incomes above $394,000 in 2012).

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BushCrimeFamily

Sep-13-13 6:16 PM

2. From 2009 to 2012, as the U.S. economy improved, incomes of the top 1% grew more than 31%, while the incomes of the 99% grew 0.4% - less than half a percentage point. Meanwhile, the typical worker saw almost no income gain at all. And we now have the lowest percentage of adults in the workforce than at any time in the last 35 years.

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BushCrimeFamily

Sep-13-13 6:16 PM

3. As I've argued, all this is not only savagely unfair but it's also bad for the economy. With so much of the nation's economic gains going to the top, the rest don't have the purchasing power to keep the economy going -- which explains why the recovery has been so anemic, and why it's also so fragile. This degree of inequality is also bad for our democracy: With so much income and wealth concentrated at the top, the rich have been able to entrench their wealth and privilege through laws that favor them and their businesses while putting ever-greater burdens on everyone else.

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BushCrimeFamily

Sep-13-13 6:17 PM

4. The question is: When do we reach a tipping point? When is inequality so wide that the vast majority of Americans refuse to take it any more? Is the upcoming mayoral race in New York -- centered as it has been on inequality, with the putative winner pledged to raise taxes on the City's wealthiest -- a sign of things to come?

-- Robert Reich

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Thoughtful

Sep-13-13 6:42 PM

I have traveled, worked, and observed companies and workers in some 36 states in this great nation and can attest that the comments made in this letter in 99 percent of circumstances just is NOT fact. Let us go on a road trip throughout this great nation and talk with, observe, dialogue, and question both workers and business owners. You will be very surprised with the responses you obtain. the issues you describe are not business vs. worker, not at all. Rather, how can we grow a soft economy, reduce regulations, encourage hiring, and promote growth.. I want jobs and well paying ones. The answer is much more complex than just promoting a union.

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turley

Sep-14-13 2:07 AM

BCF is in the same boat as the author of the letter...small town worker with small minded viewpoint. Anyone who considers a guy like robert reich as a quotable source has a 1950 solution to a 2013 problem.

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promo61

Sep-14-13 7:17 AM

If not for Mr Reich BCF would have no words to post. Choosing to paste quotes from the worst treasury secy until Geithner exposes BCFs weak grasp on the real world. Nice of him to attempt to defend oluhs vacuous posts though.

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benlofton

Sep-14-13 7:20 AM

Turley, for your info.As an honorably discharged US Navy veteran I have traveled to 17 foreign countries. I have also traveled to nearly 30 states. As far as my opinion being from 1950, well gramps I wasn't born until 1978. young workers have a favorable view of labor unions. I also noticed that no one has named another institution. Personal attacks is all that you people ever produce. If workers can rely on their employer to ensure that they are being fairly compensated for their labor, why do one forth of American jobs pay poverty level wages? Many things have changed over the years, but greed has never changed.

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Thoughtful

Sep-14-13 7:36 AM

Seeking a reasonable ROI is not greed. Let us start a business together and operate it for 5 years. Your viewpoint will be different. guaranteed.

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benlofton

Sep-14-13 7:55 AM

When the average CEO makes nearly 400 times the wages of the average American worker, how is that reasonable? I would like to see you support your family for 5 years on minimum wage, work 50 hours a week and listen to your daughter cry when she is sick, knowing that you have no insurance to take her to the doctor. I'm sure your views will be different.

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turley

Sep-15-13 5:06 AM

Ben----nobody is stopping the unions from trying to organize workforces in America. In fact, under the obama regime, unions have more rights and power than they have had for years. So WHY are they shrinking instead of growing???.....these are not the unions of old, Ben. They cannot and will not confront any oppressive managers or demand any rights for their members. They have reduced themselves to cheap influence peddlers for liberal politicians...people are onto that, Ben. That is why they are voting against unions...today, the reality is that a man can better represent himself.

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oluhjnb

Sep-15-13 5:45 AM

When you deal with Birthers like turley, facts and figures mean nothing. So you just call him a backwoods Hick and let it go at that.

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Thoughtful

Sep-15-13 8:31 AM

Individuals Are paid according to the value add they bring to an organization. they have pay scales which Are very broad to meet the demands, qualities, and expertise of each position. It is logical, competitive, and economically reasonable for the organization and the employee. Most top companies survey employees yearly, hold weekly feedback meetings, pay bonuses for cost saving ideas, encourage u Ward communication and engagement, and set very strong expectations with managers and supervisors as to these types of employee feedback. this is the business world of the 21st.century. Each worker should always be respected, treated fairly, and compensated based upon the value add of the position which they hold.

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benlofton

Sep-15-13 11:33 AM

Turley, Who are you trying to fool? 40 million American workers say that they would like to join a union but are afraid of repercussions from their employer. Employers launch nasty anti union campaigns to scare workers. You also pretend that unions are some suits in Washington, they are NOT. Unions are the workers themselves

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benlofton

Sep-15-13 11:40 AM

Thoughtful, Your theory that if we work hard, that our employers will take care of us, is simply untrue. With the viscous attacks on worker rights from the GOP and their corporate allies, union membership has fallen. But as union membership has fallen so has the average workers buying power. Those are FACTS. We have seen over the last 30 years that when we rely on our employers generosity, we don't get much.

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Thoughtful

Sep-15-13 1:27 PM

Ben, My statements are true. I have lived them, experienced them, and will attest to them. You should go beyond this valley, work around this nation, and experience enlightened corporations. Trust me, I KNOW !!!!!!!!!

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benlofton

Sep-15-13 2:04 PM

Thoughtful, You must work for Costco, I have heard that they treat their employees well!

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