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Today I Learned That Unions Are Like the Mafia
Right Across the Altantic ^ | 3/26/2011 | Michael Merritt

Posted on 03/26/2011 1:28:59 PM PDT by MikeMerritt

Let me first put it out there that, unlike some of my fellow conservatives/libertarians, I don’t believe unions are inherently bad, or at least the larger labor movement isn’t. In the past, it was a force for good, producing some much needed reforms at a time when some companies were beyond corrupt.

However, I also believe that absolute power corrupts absolutely, and many, if not most, unions have gained absolute power wherever they set up shop.

Take Philadelphia, for example, where the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America is trying to give a business a bad name. Not because they make their employees work backbreaking long hours. Not even because they won’t negotiate better wages or benefits. No, it’s because their landlord won’t hire from within their union to do construction work on the building.

Apparently, you hire only union workers in Philly or face the consequences.

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TOPICS: Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: intimidation; labor; mafia; politics; unions
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1 posted on 03/26/2011 1:29:05 PM PDT by MikeMerritt
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To: MikeMerritt

He must be a slow learner.


2 posted on 03/26/2011 1:31:56 PM PDT by Bob
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To: MikeMerritt
In the same way that talc is like a mineral.
3 posted on 03/26/2011 1:33:41 PM PDT by The Free Engineer
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To: MikeMerritt
Let me first put it out there that, unlike some of my fellow conservatives/libertarians, I don’t believe unions are inherently bad, or at least the larger labor movement isn’t

Yes, they are.

4 posted on 03/26/2011 1:34:27 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: MikeMerritt
Today I Learned That Unions Are Like the Mafia

Maybe tomorrow you'll learned that unions ARE the Mafia

5 posted on 03/26/2011 1:34:52 PM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: MikeMerritt
Today I Learned That Unions Are Like the Mafia

So you were just born today? Welcome to the world. BTW the unions are like the Mafia because for decades the Mafia literally ran the unions. Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters ring a bell?


6 posted on 03/26/2011 1:35:37 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: MikeMerritt

It’s not most union members but the leadership and the thugs that follow them. Unions are communists organizations that will bring America further down than it is now.


7 posted on 03/26/2011 1:36:58 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: MikeMerritt
Bruce said it all: " Welcome to the Party, pal!"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkyskI13KOs

8 posted on 03/26/2011 1:38:21 PM PDT by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER 2012 from my house....)
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To: MikeMerritt

>>Let me first put it out there that, unlike some of my fellow conservatives/libertarians, I don’t believe unions are inherently bad, or at least the larger labor movement isn’t.<<

When your premise is wrong your argument must fall.


9 posted on 03/26/2011 1:38:30 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats. /P. J. O'Rourke, 1991)
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To: MikeMerritt

There are more than a few that ARE the mafia


10 posted on 03/26/2011 1:38:33 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Pray for Obama ... Psalms 109:8)
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To: Logical me

And union members fund these communist organizations.

What if, in order to work in a certain place in a certain career, you were told you had to fund Al Qaeda or Hamas? What would you do?


11 posted on 03/26/2011 1:43:06 PM PDT by PENANCE
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To: Logical me

They started out fighting the capitalists and will end up in pure capitalism....communism.


12 posted on 03/26/2011 1:43:06 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: MikeMerritt

Today I Learned That Unions Are Like the Mafia.

What foul slander of the mafia.


13 posted on 03/26/2011 1:46:27 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: screaminsunshine
"They ... will end up in pure capitalism....communism." What does this mean?
14 posted on 03/26/2011 1:46:46 PM PDT by PENANCE
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To: MikeMerritt
(Excerpt)...

Why? You don't need to excerpt your own work unless you are trying to get hits for your site.

15 posted on 03/26/2011 1:47:46 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (This is a tagline! A long tagline. A so very very very very very long tagline. It is teh awesome!)
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To: PENANCE

Communism is the purest form of Capitalism. Complete monopoly by the elite party members.


16 posted on 03/26/2011 1:48:21 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: screaminsunshine
Communism is the purest form of Capitalism.

Not exactly. Someone on FR (I don't know who, or I'd give credit) put it this way: Under capitalism, the rich become powerful; under communism, the powerful become rich.

Another way to say it is that Communism is free enterprise for the apparatchiks.

17 posted on 03/26/2011 1:50:51 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: MikeMerritt
And Jimmy Hoffa's well documented ties with organized crime did not tip you off before this?

Whaddya live under a rock?

18 posted on 03/26/2011 1:52:18 PM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Total control no competition. Pure capitalism.


19 posted on 03/26/2011 1:52:44 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: MikeMerritt
The union business model is the mafia business model.

"Nice place youze got here. Nice family. Be a shame if something should happen t' them. Youze should have protection. Let me have Bruno here tell youze how much youze gotta pay."

20 posted on 03/26/2011 2:00:27 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Napolean fries the idea powder.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; MikeMerritt

Mike, you might want to try reading and posting on a few threads you didn’t start once in a while, too. Otherwise we might get the impression you are just on FR for the site traffic.
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:mikemerritt/index?tab=comments;brevity=full;options=no-change


21 posted on 03/26/2011 2:00:31 PM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: PENANCE; screaminsunshine
"They ... will end up in pure capitalism....communism." What does this mean?

That pure, unbridled capitalism is actually what we call 'communism' today.

22 posted on 03/26/2011 2:08:01 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post.)
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To: MikeMerritt

LOL What a title. They are mob.


23 posted on 03/26/2011 2:11:46 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: UCANSEE2

Right. The few at the top run the show and dole out the pittance to the masses. The funny is the morons railing against capitalism while not knowing it is what they are promoting.


24 posted on 03/26/2011 2:12:07 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: screaminsunshine
Total control no competition. Pure capitalism.

That implies that monopoly is the ultimate ideal of capitalism. Maybe that's true for many of the individual actors, but it is not the global goal. Capitalism includes the idea of competition and price discovery; the singular condition of monopoly does not.

25 posted on 03/26/2011 2:18:03 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

You are thinking free market capitalism.


26 posted on 03/26/2011 2:19:55 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...
Apparently, you hire only union workers in Philly or face the consequences:

Most of those who live in the Philly area know this -- which why sane business will avoid the Pennsylvania Convention Center like the plague.

Great blog, btw.

27 posted on 03/26/2011 2:29:42 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: MikeMerritt

Its very simple, Unions want the automatic pay deduction that comes out of each pay check!

The Democrats want the support and money from the Unions!

http://www.presentationexpert.com/stw/?p=gjqg3558564102lrhogr


28 posted on 03/26/2011 2:47:41 PM PDT by Halo-JM (Freedom Connector)
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To: MikeMerritt

Well, self-aggrandizing idiots come out of the closet all the time. No need for a headline. I’d hide my stupid a$$ back in the closet if I were you.


29 posted on 03/26/2011 2:50:10 PM PDT by Shamrock-DW
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To: MikeMerritt

I had a little chat with a firefighter outside a polling place about 20 years ago. After that conversation I have viewed the firefighter unions as a bunch of flippin Nazi`s. From that day on I have always voted down their pay raises ( when I was able to actually vote for them ) and have also never given a dime to a fundraiser they sponsored. I have a few friends who are firefighters as well, and have told them my story and they have never refuted my opinions on what I was told or felt that day.

And by the way, I was a member (by force) of the Teamsters for 3 years. The Union leadership will sell out members in a heartbeat if the more senior members can line their pockets with more cash and benefits. I experienced that firsthand.


30 posted on 03/26/2011 2:51:59 PM PDT by Bud Krieger (Another President, another idiot....)
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To: MikeMerritt
Ya otta look up the history of labor unions.

What you will find is consistent terrorist bombings before there were any Muslims anywhere, Marxists, and murder. That's pretty much it.

31 posted on 03/26/2011 3:28:39 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: Logical me

Oh, no denying this. Most union members are good folk; no doubts about that.

The leadership is something else.


32 posted on 03/26/2011 3:34:09 PM PDT by MikeMerritt
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To: MikeMerritt

Unions ARE the Mafia. Mine was in the ‘80’s. I belonged to the Laborers. My local, Local 59 of the Mason Tenders District Council of NY was controlled by the Gambino Crime family.


33 posted on 03/26/2011 3:34:53 PM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: PENANCE

I’ve found that this is a very real problem when it comes to Islamic charities. It’s very hard in that case not to make some connection to a terrorist group (because, how better for them to gain followers than to be charitable?).


34 posted on 03/26/2011 3:36:07 PM PDT by MikeMerritt
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To: Tribune7

Thank you.


35 posted on 03/26/2011 3:37:53 PM PDT by MikeMerritt
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To: magslinger

LOL. Your tag line is almost poetic irony for this thread. This article is about Philadelphia running aground. Only prudent thing to do is....destroy it.
With tongue firmly, (or not,) in cheek, I tell you that we, in Southwest PA, would hardly miss it and wish it was part of New Jersey.


36 posted on 03/26/2011 3:43:38 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Note: I do NOT capitalize anything I don't respect...like obama and/or islam...but I repeat myself.)
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To: Bob

Better than liberals who never learn.


37 posted on 03/26/2011 4:20:34 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: MikeMerritt
Unions today are inherently bad, and worse than that.

Check out the Triangle Fire history from 100 years ago exactly yesterday.

OK, there was a need for something to thwart abominable business practices against working people 100 years ago.

But please, the Public school teachers, Policemen, Firefighters, Trash Collectors are oppressed workers?

In 21st century America?

I was not born last night.

38 posted on 03/26/2011 4:41:08 PM PDT by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
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To: MikeMerritt
Unions are a combination in restraint of trade. That's just as bad when workers do it as when employers or merchants do it.
39 posted on 03/26/2011 5:11:36 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: screaminsunshine
You are thinking free market capitalism.

I suppose so. How foolishly idealistic of me.

40 posted on 03/26/2011 5:22:40 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Tribune7
When I was the manager of a major copier company doing a show in Philadelphia it cost me $100 each way for them to take my products to the booth.
And then we were warned not to plug them in, that will be another $100 to plug them into the already ordered electrical system. Oh, yes, $100 to un-plug them.
Even my wealthy Japanese Company told me, screw them, we're not going there anymore.

Philly unions were worse than NY City.

41 posted on 03/26/2011 6:10:08 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: screaminsunshine

Then I must not understand your definition of capitalism. Or, maybe, your definition of communism.


42 posted on 03/26/2011 6:18:50 PM PDT by PENANCE
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To: UCANSEE2

Then I must not understand your definition of capitalism. Or, maybe, your definition of communism.


43 posted on 03/26/2011 6:19:19 PM PDT by PENANCE
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To: MikeMerritt

I usually play it safe by not giving my money to either Islamists or Communists — and I will not, even when they try to extort it from me as they do the union membership. Nobody ever put a gun to a union members head and said “pick this career!”, “live in this state!”, or “do this job!”. Union members FUND THE COMMUNIST MOVEMENT IN AMERICA and have done so since unions began. This is not new. Any union member whose union leadership uses union funds to advance communism (i.e., most unions) contributes to the overthrow of the U.S. government as founded and seeks its replacement with communist totalitarianism either WILLINGLY or through UNFATHOMABLE (willful) IGNORANCE.


44 posted on 03/26/2011 6:34:09 PM PDT by PENANCE
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To: Logical me
It’s not most union members but the leadership and the thugs that follow them. Unions are communists organizations that will bring America further down than it is now.

Absolutely right! The Communists were involved in the union movement from the very beginning. What do the mafia, the unions and the communists have in common? Despite what they say is their reason d'etre, those they claim to be supporting get little but the ones at the top live like kings.

The same is true of the civil rights movement, the feminists movement and now the push for homosexual rights. The Left is behind it all.

45 posted on 03/26/2011 6:39:05 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government!)
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To: screaminsunshine

To me Capitalism is the manipulation of money. Simply making money with money. It can be good or bad.

Free enterprise is the free bartering of goods and services. Money is the medium of exchange for those goods and services.


46 posted on 03/26/2011 6:51:53 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government!)
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To: MikeMerritt

I learned that in 1980, when I had to join a union in order to get a particular job. Actually, I knew it in 1976 when I was working part time in a car wash, paying union dues even though I wasn’t represented. Seems the teamsters had some leverage in the industry in those days.


47 posted on 03/26/2011 6:54:08 PM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: AGreatPer
Philly unions were worse than NY City.

Yes. And only a fool would open a business in the city.

48 posted on 03/26/2011 7:35:23 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: MikeMerritt
In the past, it was a force for good, producing some much needed reforms at a time when some companies were beyond corrupt.

Yeah, back when people were forced to work for companies.

49 posted on 03/26/2011 8:57:13 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: MikeMerritt

Unions are like being in an abusive relationship.


50 posted on 03/26/2011 9:00:43 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.conservativedna.com/)
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