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AFL-CIO Demands ‘Second Bill of Rights’

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by carpro, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member
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    AFL-CIO Demands ‘Second Bill of Rights’--Including 'Rights' to 'Full Employment,' 'Living Wage,' 'Healthy Future'

    By Gabriella Hoffman
    July 17, 2012

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says his organization is pushing for a 'Second Bill of Rights" for the United States of America.

    The first Bill of Rights, sponsored by Jamed Madison in the U.S. House of Representatives, protected, among other things, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, the free exercisie of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right not to have one's private property taken by the government unless for a public use and with just compensation.

    Trumka and the AFL-CIO are calling for a new bill of rights that would guarantee "full employment," a "living wage," and a "healthy future."
  2. hillclimber1

    hillclimber1 Active Member
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    Gee, that and the BO presidency seems a perfect fit...
  3. OldRegular

    OldRegular Well-Known Member

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    It seems obvious to me that the Communist Party has at last taken over the labor movement.

    I have in past years read that some Labor Unions in the early to mid 1900's blunted the efforts of the International Workers of the World, called Wobblies in this country. This union movement was socialist at best and Marxist at worst, if there is a difference.

    I came from the coal fields of Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia. Lived there during the FDR depression years and until 1952. I believe that there was a period in US history where Trade and Industrial Unions were essential. I never worked in coal mines but my father did so I know a few things. Two things happened: 1. Higher wages made the workers complacent, and 2. Thugs like Trumka, Hoffa, etc. took over the union movement. Actually I guess there is a third. During the years of boom following WWII companies and politicians caved to union demands. There really was no collective bargaining and the country is paying the price now.

    I believe strongly in free enterprise but I am not anti union. I am opposed to government employee unions. Politicians are too much like the union leaders to trust and a lot of local governments and taxpayers are feeling the shaft now.

    Having said all that I believe it is naive to think that some of the fat cat capitalists in this country care about anything but themselves, just like the fat cat thugs that lead the unions!