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December 30, 2013

Dear Editor, I often hear conservatives say that labor unions’ time has passed and that they were good once, but are not needed any longer....

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Jan-09-14 10:51 PM

"As liberals, we must ignore the fact that we have increased the minimum wage and extended unemployment benefits many times, and that it has served only to increase poverty and narrow the gap between the middle and lower classes. If we acknowledged this, we would have no further ideas to prsent and would quickly lose power in government.".....robert reich....LOL!!!!

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Jan-09-14 8:24 PM

Hey BCF....I notice that "jobs" isnt on your list of things that will strengthen the middle shock there.

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Jan-09-14 5:46 PM

Stupid is as stupid does.

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Jan-08-14 6:53 PM

A new Gallup poll shows that the percentage of Americans who identify as Republicans has dropped to a 25-year low of just 25 percent. The percentage who identify as Democrats has stayed constant at 31 percent.

Gallup wrote: “Americans’ increasing shift to independent status has come more at the expense of the Republican Party than the Democratic Party.”

This drop comes as House Republicans continue to focus solely on their base and ignore bipartisan enthusiasm from voters who want commonsense steps to strengthen the middle class, like raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment insurance.

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Jan-08-14 8:47 AM

Thoughtful, when I was at my lowest (twice) in my life, the ability to have a mentor for advice and guidance was invaluable. It all begins with the individual, first the desire to change and next the drive to succeed. The mentors I have had were not judgmental or condescending and took a genuine interest in assisting me.

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Jan-07-14 6:46 PM

Thoughtful, I agree.

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Jan-07-14 3:55 PM

the first step in gaining a job advancement, higher levels of responsibility, and higher levels of pay and benefits is to acquire a mentor or coach to help in finding your strengths and talents, weaknesses, and Areas for improvement. It is amazing how this can help anyone grow, develop, advance, seek out higher levels of promotion, and reach potentially above.

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Jan-07-14 9:18 AM

NO---heaven help YOU.

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Jan-07-14 12:28 AM

Thoughtful.....many in this area dont like stories or comments about success. They like the gloom of failure and the convenience of placing blame on everyone but themselves. They are consumed by the "victim" mentality that prevails among obamites.

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Jan-06-14 9:00 PM

I post facts about successful companies not related to politics and I get 4 disagrees. Heaven Help Us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jan-06-14 11:02 AM

pumping air into a corpse produces a corpse Ben.

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Jan-06-14 9:54 AM

And President Bush and President Clinton should have been SMACKED DOWN HARD for their Constitutional violations!

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Jan-06-14 9:53 AM

I posted a portion of the Federal Law right out of the text of the Law <cut and paste for the technically challenged> and people disagree with what was posted? I know people have opinions, but when faced with a FACT, how can you disagree with what the LAW states? They are mindless followers of a ideology and agree with anything President Obama says. If President Obama wants to change a law passed by congress, he just issues an imperial edict and changes law by fiat. That sounds like a third world dictator. I know, there will be posts stating that I am a hater of President Obama, a racist, a right winger, yada yada yada... Is your opinion so important to you that you will ignore what has happened to the separation of powers laid out by the Constitution of the United States? When people get into power and feel no restraint to the power they yield, then all of us are in danger. Regardless of political party when a politician violates the Constitution, they need smacked down

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Jan-06-14 6:47 AM

The right wing, showing their usual ignorance, lost again.

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Jan-05-14 2:41 PM

Prior to the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, money from unions' general funds could not be spent politically at all. Because of Citizens United; unions may spend money from the general funds, but the money can't be directly contributed to a federal candidate or a political party. In a number of states including Ohio, money from the general funds can't be contributed to support any candidate for political office. Money from the general funds can be used to buy advertisements (that disclose who paid for it) and for activities such as canvassing and get out the vote activities. Workers in non "RTW" states who choose not to become a member of the union at their workplace are entitled to a refund of their "fair share" fee that was used for political purposes.

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Jan-05-14 10:43 AM

The key phase in the law is "non-member" union dues!

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Jan-05-14 10:41 AM

The Federal Law states: Under union shop agreements, labor unions must establish strict safeguards and procedures for ensuring that non-members’ dues are not used to support certain political and ideological activities that are outside the scope of normal collective bargaining activities. The “union shop” or “agency shop” agreement essentially provides that employees do not have to join the union, but must support the union in order to retain employment by paying dues to defray the costs of collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance matters. "

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Jan-05-14 2:38 AM

Again, I am reposting a list of Ohio Valley employers with union organized workforces who are presently hiring. Here it is:

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Jan-04-14 5:49 PM

I understand Quiz makes up facts as needed.

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Jan-04-14 8:45 AM

The most successful companies focus on employee development, satisfaction, advancement, engagement, and to promote a joint focus of success for the company and it's employees. Any other approach today will not succeed. In today's world, employees are focused on many issues at work besides salary and wages. work schedules, flex time, child care options, company paid education opportunities, consistent performance feedback, internal seminars and self development , and two large issues, challenge of position and growth and promotion opportunities.

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Jan-03-14 7:34 PM

Under Federal Law union dues cannot be used for political purposes, the money unions use for political campaigns is from a seperate voluntary fund. Workers do have a choice, if the majority of the workforce doesn't want a union, they can vote it out.

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Jan-03-14 5:46 PM

"What is the difference between a union collecting dues for representation and Ted Cruz solicitation for money from voters?"

The difference is, workers have no say in "donating" to the union the dues extracted from their hard earned pay. Second, workers have no say where the union places money derived from union dues into the politicians and what party it goes to. Third, if I don't like what Ted Cruz says or even if I like what he says, I can CHOOSE to donate or CHOOSE not to donate to Ted Cruz. With union dues, the worker has no choice but to pay the dues! That is so simple to understand. Why can't you understand that?

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Jan-03-14 7:59 AM

Turley my comment was an answer to Quiz. What is the difference between a union collecting dues for representation and Ted Cruz solicitation for money from voters?

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Jan-02-14 12:51 PM

You cannot blame the unions for what happened at Wheeling Pitt or Ormet. The fact that they were organized and had certain work rules may have contributed to those companies downfall, but the biggest issue with a unionized workforce is a companies inability affect change in response to the fast paced changes in the market place. That is where a union can be a hindrance. The "unionites" of the Ohio Valley need to recall all of the lost opportunities for economic growth because of the valley's perceived "union bias".

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Jan-02-14 11:34 AM

You know what the out of work Wheeling-Pitt workers and the out of work Ormet workers have in common???.....they were all "organized workers"...just like the title of the letter! Now all they have in common is being abandoned by union leaders and democrats.

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