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Big labor unions have destroyed countless American industries

Friday, December 5, 2008

Big labor unions have destroyed countless American industries, including the Detroit automakers who are now begging Congress for a bailout. But these unions don't just control factories and assembly lines. Our public education system is a slow-motion car crash, driven the same union special interests that brought the auto companies to the brink of bankruptcy.

This insightful new video shows how teachers unions protect bad and incompetent teachers, block school reform efforts, and use their members' dues money to support a radical left-wing agenda.

Compared to other developed countries, the United States has the worst educational quality per dollar spent on schools, ranking 18th in reading and 28th in math. Millions of American children are being shortchanged by dysfunctional schools, but efforts for education reform are invariably stopped by powerful union interests.

These unions fight tooth and nail against any meaningful change to their comfortable status quo - while students and taxpayers pay the price.

After decades of denial, there is a growing realization around the country that teachers unions' defense of the status quo cannot continue. A new generation of reformers, including Michelle Rhee, the chief of public schools in Washington DC, are fighting those unions and pushing for renewed accountability and an end to the broken tenure system.

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  • LUMU 2008/12/07 20:54:48
    LUMU
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    The unions are NOT the problem! And lumping them in with other "special interest" groups and lobbiests is a misrepresentation on such a grand scale it is not only inaccurate, manipulative, and unimaginatively harmful to ALL American workers, it is downright unpatriotic!!

    Unions make gains and protect ALL American workers, not only their direct members, and without them NO American worker in any company anywhere would have a voice of any kind. Sure, there are examples of corrupt and unethical leadership at the highest levels.... that is the fault of those particular individuals, NOT the Union Members!! (and it is no more or less true of any and every organization of every kind, world-wide.... fact is, some people suck.)

    Seriously, blaming the union workers for the failures of the "big 3" is like blaming a mine-worker in a mine pit in ireland for the sinking of the titanic.

    Quit buying propaganda perpetuated by big business! You are cutting off your own nose to spite your face! Use some common sense, AND the brain God gave you!

    Who would benefit from the end of the labor unions?? NOT you or me!!

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  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2008/12/08 16:10:38
  • Gmaze_In Defense of Liberty 2008/12/08 12:28:32
    Gmaze_In Defense of Liberty
    Great topic! I despise unions results. Their goals, while honorable, are always carried to the extreme. I'll never understand how an employee voluntarily bankrupts their company, and themselves out of a job, then complains about it being governments fault. LOL!

    As in any career, teachers should be held to a certain standard. If a high percentage of a teachers students are failing, I'm fairly certain that teacher isn't doing their job. In the teachers defense, however, I will say the 'timeout' experiment should have taught people a lesson, it doesn't work! Maybe it does on YOUR kids, but then again, I've never met a parent who didn't support their kids, thinking theirs an angel and all the others the bad seed, anyway, I stray, for me, the big issue is, without fear of any kind of punishment, we now have no way to alter the behavior of these kids, as educators or parents. Basically, they try to run school behavior on the honor system, and with a recently released study showing the current generation is the least honest ever studied, 'honor' is word they don't respect, and we wonder why education is foundering. Never let the inmates run the asylum, or the students run the school, the current situtation will be the result.
  • Formulablinta 2008/12/08 05:17:15
    Formulablinta
    What Video??
    Anyway TOLERANCE with THEM has GOT to GO!! I am all for keeping the teachers who will support right from wrong and teach the basics. Why is it that a college sophmore physics test can be passed by people that havent had physics for 20 years and only in high school? what is a degree worth, or about these days>?
  • Formulablinta 2008/12/08 05:17:09
    Formulablinta
    What Video??
    Anyway TOLERANCE with THEM has GOT to GO!! I am all for keeping the teachers who will support right from wrong and teach the basics. Why is it that a college sophmore physics test can be passed by people that havent had physics for 20 years and only in high school? what is a degree worth, or about these days>?
  • Dwight Mann 2008/12/07 23:51:57
    Dwight Mann
    I think that good teachers are underpaid, but there has to be results. Children that do not do well at scholastic endeavors need to get jobs. Their attitude will change real quick when they get an idea what real life is all about. . . Maybe. . .

    underpaid children scholastic endeavors jobs attitude change real real life
  • Formula... Dwight ... 2008/12/08 05:18:28
    Formulablinta
    It is possible but hard point to prove when they have the summer OFF. that said, I would NEVER EVER want to be a middle school teacher ( public) !!
  • LUMU 2008/12/07 20:54:48
    LUMU
    +2
    The unions are NOT the problem! And lumping them in with other "special interest" groups and lobbiests is a misrepresentation on such a grand scale it is not only inaccurate, manipulative, and unimaginatively harmful to ALL American workers, it is downright unpatriotic!!

    Unions make gains and protect ALL American workers, not only their direct members, and without them NO American worker in any company anywhere would have a voice of any kind. Sure, there are examples of corrupt and unethical leadership at the highest levels.... that is the fault of those particular individuals, NOT the Union Members!! (and it is no more or less true of any and every organization of every kind, world-wide.... fact is, some people suck.)

    Seriously, blaming the union workers for the failures of the "big 3" is like blaming a mine-worker in a mine pit in ireland for the sinking of the titanic.

    Quit buying propaganda perpetuated by big business! You are cutting off your own nose to spite your face! Use some common sense, AND the brain God gave you!

    Who would benefit from the end of the labor unions?? NOT you or me!!
  • Formula... LUMU 2008/12/08 05:28:38
    Formulablinta
    Maybe pickup trucks would cost 1500 dollars less. Benefit, you and me, and the BIG three who made them. Guess who would loose out? Foreign pickup truck makers.
    I do believe that Unions could do, and do some things to improve work environments, possibly quality too. That said , there is engineering nightmmares in some vehicles that hasnt been fixed in 10 years because of labor costs burden. ( just ONE example: Dodge Intrepid steering geometry).
    I guess it may be possible to just borrow the money. I blame BARNEY FRANK for causing this to come to head NOW, HE should pay. But NO, lets let HIM fix a problem he helped create AND COVER UP. SO you UNION VOTERS, keep Voting Democrat
    and make it WORSE >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> UGHH!!
  • LUMU Formula... 2008/12/08 15:34:31
    LUMU
    sorry to disappoint Formulabruce (love the name) but I did not vote for That One! AND Engineers, and R&D are NOT UNION. They are salary - employees. Also know this: Even the lowest-eschelon salary employee BY POLICY is paid at least 10% above the highest paid union employee! Union workers are roughly HALF of the companys workforce.... do the math yourself. WE are nowhere NEAR their biggest expense.

    I blame Big Oil. They have far more $$ to pour into lobbiests, and those so-called "special interest" groups to influence politicians votes when it comes to legislation and regulation. American automakers hands are tied when it comes to development of more efficient cars, NOT because the technology isn't there - IT IS and HAS BEEN for decades!! They are simply NOT PERMITTED to implement its use!!

    Case in point: GM manufactured and sold a 100% electric car (the EV) in California over a decade ago. Nearly overnight each and every one, sold and unsold, were recalled, gathered up and SHREADED..... now, who do you suppose benefitted from it?? Do you suppose that they would still be in trouble if this affordable, and efficient electric car which could be recharged by plugging it into common household outlets were still available and NOT quashed??





    it is rediculous to blame blue-c...

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    sorry to disappoint Formulabruce (love the name) but I did not vote for That One! AND Engineers, and R&D are NOT UNION. They are salary - employees. Also know this: Even the lowest-eschelon salary employee BY POLICY is paid at least 10% above the highest paid union employee! Union workers are roughly HALF of the companys workforce.... do the math yourself. WE are nowhere NEAR their biggest expense.

    I blame Big Oil. They have far more $$ to pour into lobbiests, and those so-called "special interest" groups to influence politicians votes when it comes to legislation and regulation. American automakers hands are tied when it comes to development of more efficient cars, NOT because the technology isn't there - IT IS and HAS BEEN for decades!! They are simply NOT PERMITTED to implement its use!!

    Case in point: GM manufactured and sold a 100% electric car (the EV) in California over a decade ago. Nearly overnight each and every one, sold and unsold, were recalled, gathered up and SHREADED..... now, who do you suppose benefitted from it?? Do you suppose that they would still be in trouble if this affordable, and efficient electric car which could be recharged by plugging it into common household outlets were still available and NOT quashed??





    it is rediculous to blame blue-collar laborers for bad corporate policy and decisions.... when was the last time YOU determined policy for the company you work for?

    I suppose blue-collar labor should submit to being chained to their workstations, paid in water and bread rations, and quit whining about exposure to unsafe work environments and lack of health coverage for the inevitable illnesses which result directly from exposure to chemical toxins in the workplace.... they should simply work until they keel over dead for less than a "living wage" so you can save $1500 on your new truck.... because automaker CEO are SURE to pass that savings directly along to YOU ... right? riiiiiiiiight!
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  • Change Happens 2008/12/07 20:24:00
    Change Happens
    +2
    "Compared to other developed countries, the United States has the worst educational quality per dollar spent on schools, ranking 18th in reading and 28th in math. Millions of American children are being shortchanged by dysfunctional schools, but efforts for education reform are invariably stopped by powerful union interests."

    What a hoot...what a thigh slap!! The average child spends about 14,000 hours in school (you will note I did not say IN CLASS). That same child spends more than 150,000 hours away from school....and you want to blame SCHOOLS! What a hoot....what a maroon....what an octamaroon.

    While there is no denying that the Unions as they currently exist have become Big Businesses themselves....there is no denying that collective bargaining is more necessary than ever.
  • Formula... Change ... 2008/12/08 05:34:39 (edited)
    Formulablinta
    +1
    Problem with what you said is the collective bargaining should have ZERO to do with what is TAUGHT. The teachers Unions and the NEA have ruined the curiculum. Bargain you salary, or benefits, or environment, but the NUMBERS say we are way BEHIND on BASICS. That means TEACH BASICS, not WHO sat WHERE on a BUS. The foreign students that American companys hire do not know that, but they CAN do math, spell, and speak ENGLISH better than most Americans.
  • Areyoukidding 2008/12/07 18:44:06
    Areyoukidding
    +1
    I don't think it is fair that unions be singled out as bad. To say they have outlived their purpose is like saying we would no longer need a military after every war. Granted there have been abuses, but that door swings both ways.

    You can't complain about wages that are bargained without mentioning CEO compensation. Many, many of them make more in a year than several typical Union workers make in a lifetime.

    Do you think any one person contributes more to a company's success in one year than multiple workers lifetime contributions?

    What I am NOT saying is that unions are the best solution to address the issue, just the best to date. The middle class grew out of the expansion of the labor unions. This country was built upon the backs of the middle class.

    I guess it comes down to the principle if you think that someone who labors their whole life, day after day, week after week, year after year should deserve some life and not just survive.

    It would be nice to think we could go without labor unions. But if you take them out of the mix, many workers compensation would be left solely to companies where the primary driver is to maximize profits. Some companies would potentially try to provide a decent wage, but you can't compete with companies that exploit workers both domestically and abroad.
  • Formula... Areyouk... 2008/12/08 05:39:17
    Formulablinta
    +1
    The UNION voters VOTE democrat, the dems are destroying the middle class. When the government runs everything, you and I will have NO say in it.
  • old mccain 2008/12/07 16:44:50
    old mccain
    +1
    When unions first started, in the eighteen hundreds, they served a purpose. Since then with all the labor laws, minimum wage laws etc., they have gotten carried away. Reminds me a spoiled children that don't get there way, then papa (courts) have to enact upon their disagreements. How do you like our representatives (at all levels) being able to vote themselves in a raise? I think that's even worse!
  • Tea in the Harbor 2008/12/07 16:44:22
    Tea in the Harbor
    +1
    You are right to be angered about our low ranking in the world in education, but wrong, in my opinion, on where to place the blame. Our teachers are certainly not overpaid, and while there may be a little too much protection for those who are less than competent, teachers are fired every day, their contract does not make them immortal. The problem is that we spend way too much on administration, many districts have brand new buildings dedicated to that and schools that are crumbling. We also have a tendency to push blame back and forth in an egotistical tug of war that does the students no good.
  • Formula... Tea in ... 2008/12/08 05:46:09 (edited)
    Formulablinta
    This is all true. I will add, WHAT is taught is NOT up to very old standards even.
    The numbers show that. The unions work hand in hand with the NEA and push stupid ideas. Nearly ANY student from Singapore can far exceed an American student in basics. the Union COULD help this, but NO, we have to have "inclusion" and "tolerance"for literally EVERYTHING and a >>>>separate school for those with "ants in their pants" that do not know what right from wrong is. OH, these students have very LOW requirements and get the same diploma that the high school kids get across the street. GO figure, only in America.
  • Tea in ... Formula... 2008/12/08 06:42:30
    Tea in the Harbor
    Odd that you should mention tolerance.
    While I agree with you that we are making special allowances for what I consider brats, we have also managed to excuse teachers and administrators from thought entirely with these moronic "Zero Tolerance" policies. To put a rule in place to deal with the drug problems and have it result in a young lady with excellent grades being suspended for sharing a Midol with a friend in pain from her first period has to be one of the stupidest things on record. Or a rule designed to address sexual harrassment being used on a kindergartner for kissing a classmate!
    How can they possibly teach when they are that bereft of common sense? We were taught to use our minds and question things when I went to school, it seems today blind obedience is the lesson the kids get. Zero tolerance means zero practice using reason. If they can't reason, it is irrelevant how many facts are stored in their brains.
  • War Eagle 2008/12/07 16:37:23
    War Eagle
    +1
    I think the unions are great for getting people a living wage.... However they have run amuck these past 30 years becoming unbending and unyielding. How can you sell a product for one dollar when it cost you two dollars to make it? amuck 30 years unbending unyielding sell product dollar cost dollars
  • irish 2008/12/07 16:27:19
    irish
    +1
    the first concern of unions is that they ,the union officials ,get paid. thats why the unions are bad. they used to be for the workers but now they are for seeing how much they can get to ensure they get paid well. check out how much union officials make!
  • gonzo 2008/12/07 16:24:22

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