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Why workers need unions and regulations

October 23, 2013 - Harry Eagar
Because bosses can be jerks. In this story from Maine, it does not appear that the worker had a union, but she was able to find a lawyer (no doubt on contingency) who helped her.

And national (not local) regulations provided the tools for redress.

I used encounter religious nuts like Officer Pease all the time in the South, sometimes at work.

Nut graf:

“ '[Pease] told Plaintiff Carnot that he believed that single women should not date, but should court' because 'dating involved "sexual intercourse,” 'states the U.S. District Court complaint filed by Carnot in Bangor after she was fired in January 2011.

"The Maine native also claimed in the lawsuit that Pease said that a woman should not be involved in any capacity in law enforcement and had a duty to obey her husband in accordance with the Bible. He also repeatedly invited Carnot to attend his Protestant church, even though he knew she was a Catholic, and said 'she was not going to go to heaven because she had been divorced,' the complaint states."

The lawyer is right on:

“ 'The lesson I think needs to be learned from this settlement is you need to check your religious and personal beliefs at the door,' Young said Tuesday. 'You do not have the right to impose those beliefs on your colleagues and co-workers.' ”


And then there's the latest work disaster in Bangladesh.

Do you remember how the big retailers were shocked into action when a factory in Bangladesh collapsed and killed over 1,100 poor workers? Well, they hope you don't because they were lying. Nothing has changed.

RtO has said before, if the market thinks you are worth more dead than alive, it will arrange for you to be killed.


Article Comments



Oct-24-13 11:57 PM

A worker has no merit to be there. Show up for work, get along with others but nothing to show at end of day is a reason the work force is smelly of favortism and hiring of family members to a job is plenty in Hawaii.

Unions were a powerhouse but now they are just gangs and thugs. The only way a union gets a pay raise if dues go up. unions cannot stop companies from closing and certainly proof that they did nothing to stop Federal employees from getting laidoff. Like congress, union reps still got paid.


Oct-24-13 3:31 AM

Here in Hawaii the union rep and boss go to lunch together. The reps barely speak English and representation is bad. Waste of money to pay union dues for reps to drive SUVs.


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