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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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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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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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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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>>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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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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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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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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"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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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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