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Article posted Jul 01 2010, 11:57 PM Category: General Source: Weasel Zippers Print

Union Goons Attack Non-Union Construction Workers With Baseball Bats Outside Toys R Us Building Site...

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Example #2,989,652 of why unions have no place in modern-America…
Violence erupted at a King of Prussia construction site Wednesday, and today, police are seeking the public’s help to apprehend some bat-wielding assailants.

Upper Merion Township police gave this account:

Officers responded at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday to the King of Prussia Plaza area of Mall Boulevard for reports that union protestors were blocking the entranceway to the new Toys R Us building site. While en route, an assault was reported in the mall parking lot.

Upon arrival, police found two construction trucks with their rear windows completely shattered, and one victim bleeding from the head. The victims said they were blocked by numerous union protesters from entering the construction site, and so they drove to the mall area to await police assistance.

A short time later, a black sedan pulled up and several men exited with baseball bats, ran up to the two trucks and repeatedly slammed the bats into the windows. As the workers exited the trucks, at least two were then physically assaulted with the baseball bats, and one victim had to be hospitalized. Another victim was able to use his cell phone to photograph the assailants and their vehicle.

Police said the construction site is being protested by Local 401 of the Iron Workers Union.

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Peter

Posted: Jul 02 2010, 9:07 AM

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95211 "..unions have no place in modern-America…"
My God, you Yanks are seriously brainwashed .
How do you think European workers got 6 weeks vacation, 35-38 hours weekly labour, minimum-wages that you can in fact live on with only one full-time job, pension, healthcare and last but not least :
20-25 years longer life-expectancy ?
You think the nice employers just gave it to them because they wanted to share some of "their" immense wealth with the people who created it ?
There is strength in numbers and also in a thing called "solidarity" .
Not that expect Americans to know what that is ...
scientia

Posted: Jul 02 2010, 9:34 AM

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@Peter:

How does your "state" pay for all of these programs? Do you only get paid for the 35-38 you actually work or do you get paid for 40 and your employer makes up the difference? Does your healthcare get paid for by every worker or every tax payer? How are minimum-wages set for different skill-level positions?
Bill

Posted: Jul 02 2010, 12:06 PM

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24149 scientia, how do you suggest workers push back against exploitation by corporate interests?

IMO, to suggest that there should be no unions is to suggest that corporations can do whatever they want to their workforce.
scientia

Posted: Jul 02 2010, 3:07 PM

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@Bill

Since we live in a relatively "free" society we can choose as consumers both of goods and services--employment in this instance--where to put our capital. We have no forced employment in this country the last time I checked. Therefore, if exploitation is allowed to happen it is put upon the consumer's free choice of patronizing a particular employer.

For example; if I am working at my job and my employer suddenly requests that I work 60 hours a week for no extra pay I have two options. I can A) work those 60 hours since I am free to decide that or B) take my capital investment, ie my labor, elsewhere. There is no requirement to stay in a position as I said earlier; we live in a free society. It is in our nature to seek stability, familiarity and comfort. By choosing option B we remove those things that we seek. We are required to be industrious and find a new employer in the market or to change markets if that is required. For if another worker chooses to take my old job and invest his/her capital into the former employer then the market has spoken and the employer can continue their ways. But if the conditions worsened to the point of mass walkouts and migrations to other employers/indutries then the employer would be forced to A) close business or B) improve conditions. Now you go, "A-ha, that's why unions exist". And in your assumption you have now given birth to a new exploiter; the Union.

Unfortunately the power to exploit is now placed in the hands of the unions as "corporate interests" exist for solely one purpose; profit. An entrepreneur needs labor to convert capital into "money", money is used to cover expenses, and whatever is money is left over is a profit. If a company is unable to cover it's expenses with it's revenue the labor cost must be cut. Once the labor cost is reduced expenses can be covered with revenues and the difference is now put into savings to invest in more capital. However, when the union refuses to budge a company is forced to start reducing other expenses; like payroll. And in order to reduce payroll there must either be a reduction in the workforce or a lowering of the wages for if not there is not enough revenue to cover the expenses and no profit=no company. No company=no jobs.
Anonymous

Posted: Jul 02 2010, 10:45 PM

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72223 RE: Peter Posted: Jul 02 2010, 9:07 AM

"Not that expect Americans to know what that is ... "

Thanks for that Peter.
America is so dumbed down!

scientia

Posted: Jul 04 2010, 11:07 PM

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@Anon72223: "America is so dumbed down!"

Couldn't have said it more eloquently myself. With most citizens dazzled by panem et circenses our government has transformed itself into the invisible hand. Not that it's bad enough as-is but you are promoting yet another group that monopolizes coercion?

So how would one, ie yourself, propose we attach all of these extra costs touted by Peter to our currently over-regulated producers? Price increases, taxes or "quantitative easing"?
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