The Propaganda War against Labor Unions—Part 3 of 3

What about other union benefits. The AFL-CIO reports 88 percent of workers in unions participate in pension plans versus 49 percent of nonunion workers. Seventy-seven percent of union workers have guaranteed pensions, compared with 17 percent of nonunion workers. Roughly 84 percent of workers in unions have paid sick leave compared with 62 percent of nonunion workers.

Stop and imagine what life would be like for most Americans if all workers belonged to labor unions, and then answer this: Who benefits when workers are earning $200 less a month—the workers, bosses or billionaires?

Let me help you with the answer: There are 536 billionaires (0.00016% of the population) in America; 9.63 million (3%) with a net worth of $1 million or more leaving more than 138 million (almost 44% of the population) working Americans with a net worth that’s less than $1 million who rely on that weekly or monthly pay check. Note: About 23% of the population is children and 14.5% are over the age of 65.

Let’s put that another way: There are almost 123 million households in the United States. In 2010, the poverty threshold was $22,314 for a family of four.

In 2013, 12.7% (15.6 million) of households earned under $15,000; 22.3% (27.4 million) earn $15,000 – $24.999; 20.4% (25 million) earn $25,000 – $34.999; 13.6% (17.7 million) earn $25,000 – $49,999; 17.6% (21.6 million) earn $50,000 – $75,999; 11.9% (14.6 million) earn $75,000-$99,999; 12.4% ($15.2 million) earn $100,000 – $149,999; 5.3% (6.5 million) earn $150,000 – $199,999, and 4.8% (5.9 million) earn $200,000 and over. – (2013)

In addition, Mother reported that the top 0.01% (12,300) families in the United States earn almost $25 million each on average annually compared to $29,840 for the bottom 90% (110.7 million families).

In conclusion, the evidence strongly suggests that there are NOT enough union workers in the United States to be a factor that would lead to higher unemployment rates or real estate values just because they get paid a few hundred more a month on average—no matter what the millionaires or billionaire oligarchs claim through their puppets, politicians and propaganda. Don’t forget, union workers earn more and have better benefits, because they have someone fighting for them—evidence that unions are doing their job.

Food for thought: In 1900, before there were strong labor unions and the Robber Barons ruled over most of America with corporate monopolies, 40% of Americans lived in poverty. And what about countries that have high labor union membership—for instance, three countries with the highest labor union membership in the world: Sweden and Denmark with 95% union membership and Finland with 85% membership. What do these countries have in common?

The answer: Sweden, Denmark and Finland all made the world’s 10 happiest countries list (the U.S. isn’t on this list) , according to this year’s World Happiness Report, that looks at earnings, living standards, employment, mental health and family stability. The report surveyed 158 countries

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6 responses to “The Propaganda War against Labor Unions—Part 3 of 3”

  1. Does Gates ever give lip service to democracy? It would seem that’s the last thing he desires: letting the little people have a say.

    Just finished get-out-the-vote precinct walking for Susan Bonilla in the new developments of eastern Antioch. Many Democrats there –including many African-Americans –but very few are voting. Stressed looking faces. Voting sinks to the bottom of the To Do list.

    1. I’ll be checking in the morning to see who the election.

  2. Love the video, though as a history teacher it makes me nervous. It’s proof of concept that excellent (maybe superior) content can be delivered cheaply via the Internet.

    1. Well, yes, free is cheap. Most of the billion + videos on YouTube and are easy to access and watch. It’s amazing the number of topics that are on YouTube and we can have our own free account and produce our own videos. I even found a how-to video on how select the proper throwing knives and then how to set up your own practice range in your back yard.

      1. New role for teachers: curators of free/cheap content? I don’t think Bill Gates want to give us that prerogative.

      2. I agree. I found this on Yahoo! Just scanning the hits on the first page of the Google search, the term neo-liberal comes up repeatedly. His name also is linked heavily to eugenics.

        “What political philosophy does Bill Gates have? I say he is a Neoliberal

        “Update: Guess I must school you all. Neoliberalism has nothing to do with progressive liberalism. It is a phrased coined because it refers to the idea of free markets which are “liberal” in their lack of controls.

        “Neoliberal: a modern politico-economic theory favouring free trade, privatization, minimal government intervention in business, reduced public expenditure on social services, etc

        “Gates is an extreme corporatist. He has exploited workers in many countries. And here in the US he is leading the fight to privatize the world.”

        And this, “Bill Gates, Monsanto, and eugenics: How one of the world’s wealthiest men is actively promoting a corporate takeover of global agriculture.”

        Learn more:

        The more I learn about Gates, the more surprised I am that some assassin hasn’t attempted to take him or his family out. Gates, from all the evidence, lends a lot of truth to what Lord Action said about power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I think Gates has a ruthless god complex, but he also has a great PR spin machine that works overtime to make him look like a saint. In fact, according to this answer on Quora to “Has Bill Gates ever escaped an assassination or an abduction attempt? There have been more than 19 alleged incidents. He must have one heck of a security force to protect him and his family—probably better than the President’s.

        Sounds like the perfectly defined Anti Christ to me.

        LOL. Then I found this: Behind every great oligarch, there’s a seriously mean-looking bodyguard…

        “So, if you’re a Russian billionaire, where do you go to find one of these guys? The men pictured are thought to be Russian and Georgian, most likely ex-KGB. But according to Dmitry Fonarev – himself a former KGB agent who now works with the National Bodyguard Association of Russia and has guarded Bill Gates and Henry Kissinger – British ex-SAS servicemen are the usual choice for visiting billionaires.”

        There’s even a book on Amazon: The Plot to Get Bill Gates

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