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February 22nd, 2011
07:38 AM ET

Unions: The beginning of the end?

American Morning's Carol Costello reports on the latest chapter in the old battle between labor unions and management.

Filed under: American Morning • Politics • U.S.
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  1. Juliie

    When unions were formed, we had really hard working Americans that had little input the way they were treated. But, in the day the workers strived for excellence, better working conditions, etc.
    True some unions protect bad teachers, but, so did the schools.
    I had some really hard working teachers in my day. And, then some, who had student teachers take over while they stayed in teachers lounge doing whatever.
    Some days, when student teacher did not show up, we were left alone to our own merits. Some kids left. We told the school pinciple, they did nothing, but suddenly my grade for this class went way down.
    I knew of people who's children only colored pictures in first and second grade. When they moved, their children had to redo those grades. They have to learn to monitor teachers, who get away with this. It is a wonder why kids drop out of school, when you have some of these teachers, that perhaps drove them to it.
    Unions in big factoires, allowed people to spend hours even sleeping in bathrooms. Unions are a good idea but, they also have to monitor workers, teachers to work, not that you join some union and get away not doing what you were hired for.
    Scott you are right, deregulation of banks, was horrigying deal, and, to bail them out? Only bail out they should have gotten is a small boat in middle of Ocean with a pail to bucket out the water. Our whole system lately is to cover for co-workers, cover and bail out bankers, lawyers and judges covering over for the lousy bad lawyers. And, all this lawsuit crap over everything has to stop.Cap fees, term limits of everyone, including supreme court judges. Covering over for BP. If I was queen of the states, I would say "off with their heads".

    February 24, 2011 at 4:45 am |
  2. Scott

    Ok, and here we have it. I used to be failry anti-union, but I'm sorry, the Govt was willing to throw everything it had to bailout the Wall Street Banks, Bush even came out and demanded that the CEO's who had wrecked our economy not be prevented from getting their multi-million dollar retirement, and yet it's the unions that have supposedly bankrupted us?

    Looking at our country over the last ten years, unions are at their weakest and we've lost multiple millions of jobs overseas, we have sky high unemployment, and a huge trade deficeit.

    Germany on the other hand has very strong unions, lower unemployemtn, a huge trade surplus and they have rules that prevent their companies from shipping too much manufacturing overseas.

    My opinion on unions has changed....If they were stronger I have a feeling that all of the jobs that used to allow Americans to climb into the middle class would not be being shipped over to India and China.

    February 23, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  3. Lenny De Forge

    The only bad side to teacher unions is they make it hard to get rid of bad teachers. Teachers are the hope for our future of a better America. They deserve three times their current pay. This is another attempt to kill the middle class, They should be going after the banks and changing the tax code lope holes for corporations. We need a Middle class revolution at the expense of the rich.

    February 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  4. Kathy

    Let's see- unions help ineffective/uncaring teachers keep jobs; and there are obviously serious problems with the United States' education system. Do you suppose those two things are related? As I said in my previous comment, there are good teachers who benefit from unions- but do they need them? The teachers who need unions are the teachers who couldn't keep a teching job without them.

    February 22, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  5. Kathy

    I do feel bad about the quality teachers who benefit from unions; but, unions make it possible for far too many ineffective, oftentimes noncaring, teachers to keep their jobs- just ask Geoffrey Canada. If those teachers keep their jobs, then new graduates have less chance to obtain one, and you have to wonder how many great teachers that has cost us.

    February 22, 2011 at 7:53 am |