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Generous Motors No More

“G.M. Workers Say They Sacrificed, and Now They Want Their Due,” a headline in the New York Times declares. Another explains, “For G.M. Workers, U.A.W. Strike Is Chance for Overdue Payback.” The gist of both stories is that workers suffered enormously during the General Motors government bailout and subsequent bankruptcy, and now that times are flush, they want to be made whole. As the United Auto Workers said about their strike against GM, which began on Monday, the union is looking for “fair wages, affordable healthcare, our share of profits.”

The union must be hoping that everyone forgets recent history. After all, Washington’s 2008 bailout of the auto giant saved not only tens of thousands of jobs but also rescued employee pensions. Workers currently pay far less for health care than the average private-sector employee. And GM production workers have received billions of dollars of profit-sharing over the past several years. Now, the company is negotiating with the UAW in a bid to remain flexible in the face of a weakening auto market, while the UAW is looking for a contract that reflects the old days—when GM’s fixed personnel costs provided benefits for workers to cherish but gave the automaker little room to maneuver in the face of declining sales. It’s a battle of the old unionized industrial economy versus a new one that’s trying to emerge. Saving industrial jobs in the U.S. probably requires that the newer model succeed.
 

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I fail to see the problem.

Education Unions Report Sharp Declines in Membership, Revenue

Teachers' unions are experiencing sharp declines in membership and revenue in former union strongholds Oregon and Washington, according to new annual reports.

Two Oregon teachers' unions—the state's American Federation of Teachers (AFT) chapter and the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA)—reported drops in paying members of 35 percent and 36 percent, respectively. Both unions lost nearly $1 million in revenue as a result, with the OSEA closing three field offices and accepting a $400,000 bailout from its parent organization to help make ends meet. In Washington, the Federation of State Employees disclosed a 27 percent decline in financial supporters since June 2018.
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Awwww... :-(

Government Union Reports Sharp Decline in Political Spending

One of the country's top labor unions cut its political spending in union stronghold Oregon after seeing dues drop by $2 million, according to its annual report.

Oregon's Service Employees International Union (SEIU) chapter reported just $1.6 million in political activities and lobbying in its 2019 report, down over $500,000 from 2018. The decline in political spending reflects the union's struggle to maintain its membership after the Supreme Court banned mandatory fees in the 2018 Janus decision. Dues fell by $2 million in the first year after the ruling.
Almost brings a tear to yer eye, donnit...

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Buzzfeed hut down HuffPost Canada and HuffPost Quebec. HuffPost workers had just formed a union, but stated: "We have been told this decision was made before our organizing effort and is not linked to our unionizing."

Could be so, but I'm sure that it made the decision much easier.

 

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Huh. Maybe unions aren't as useless as I had always envisioned.

Ohio Nurses’ Union Poll Finds 30% Would Quit Hospital Over Vax Mandate.

A survey by an Ohio nurses’ union for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) found that almost a third of respondents would quit their jobs if UCMC officially finalized a Covid vaccine mandate, of which the hospital has made a preliminary announcement.
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NYC Teachers Union to Take Legal Action Against Call for Layoffs of Unvaccinated Staff

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is resisting full compliance with New York City’s vaccine mandate for public school teachers and staffers.

Michael Mulgrew, president of UFT, said city hall has asserted that unvaccinated staffers will be taken off the payroll without exception, including those with religious and medical exemptions.

“The city, however, announced during our negotiations its intentions to refuse to honor medical and religious exemptions for Department of Education (DOE) staff from COVID-19 vaccination,” Mulgrew said in a statement directed to UFT members.

The union is going to try to arbitrate the impasse together with other labor groups.
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