From the article referenced about WA states union membership:

Public sector workers are more than five times as likely to be members of a union than private sector employees, the Bureau found. Just 6 percent of private sector workers are members of a union, compared with one-third of government workers. Teachers and law enforcement or protective employees were the most likely to be union members.



So? It's just evidence that when the playing field is more level, workers prefer to consolidate their power and are more free to exercise their right to bargain collectively with their employers. For example: public-sector employers are less likely to successfully utilize anti-union tactics, such as forced indoctrination meetings, on their workers, at least in non-"right to work (for less)" states.


Except for public safety unions. It's bad when they do that right?

I'm sure public sector unions have their merits but the way they operate in WA is unseemly. They donate massive amounts to politicians (see WEA, SEIU) and then coincidentally legislation comes their way that benefits them e.g. the McCleary decision, Inslee's forcing home care workers to join the SEIU. it seems very quid pro quo to me.


I used to work in a factory; 10.5 hour day, 30 minute lunch, 2 15 minute breaks, am & pm. Clear instructions on how much XXX you should be producing in the non-break 9.5 hours of your day. In this place, if you weren't up to speed you would get worked with until you were up to speed. And if you were way over speed you were probably missing important details.



Yes, because Cthulhu forbid citizens, including those who belong to public-sector unions, should ever choose to exercise their SCOTUS-endorsed "Citizens United V. Federal Election Commission" rights, just like Capitalist corporations, yes? I mean, corporations have NEVER EVER, EVER-EVER donated money to politicians expecting some piece of quid-pro-quo legislation to fall into their lap, amiright?

"Sauce for the goose" is, I believe, the appropriate aphorism...


King realized late in his work that without economic justice, racial justice is impossible. That applies to other types of justice as well, gender, orientation, faith, housing, education, healthcare. The trend of America toward a 1%-controlled plantation economy must be reversed. First, the dunderheads must realize that democracy is necessary for everything.

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