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BonnieJW

(2,284 posts)
31. YES
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 10:27 AM
Feb 2024

My grandparents immigrated here from Russia in the 1890s. They worked in sweatshops in Chicago. The only thing the manufacturer gave them was the work. They had to bring their own sewing machines and in the winter if they didn't want to freeze, each worker brought in a bucket of coal. It was piece work and everyone brought work home and worked into the night. When the unions came, my grandparents couldn't join fast enough.

My last retail environment was back in the 80s & union. CrispyQ Feb 2024 #1
They also schedule like that Bettie Feb 2024 #2
No benefits, either. NT Trueblue Texan Feb 2024 #27
Well of course not Bettie Feb 2024 #29
Unions are the answer dlk Feb 2024 #3
++ appalachiablue Feb 2024 #5
Yes! That's the sort of thing that lead to unions in the first place. patphil Feb 2024 #12
Yes. It has always been my contention to those who complain about unions is that it's companies who create them because Wonder Why Feb 2024 #18
At the moment, the Union of Retail EmployERS is unbeatable PTL_Mancuso Feb 2024 #17
YES BonnieJW Feb 2024 #31
Our grandparents and parents knew the value of unions dlk Feb 2024 #32
Plenty of Union workers voted for Reagan BlueNIndiana Feb 2024 #33
Unfortunately, true dlk Feb 2024 #34
Wonder if Rebl2 Feb 2024 #35
Yes, Reagan was a SAG union member and even led them on a strike on 1960 dlk Feb 2024 #36
Wow Rebl2 Feb 2024 #37
This has been going on for a long time. Also, split shifts. Work 3 hours, off 3, work 4. SharonAnn Feb 2024 #4
I hated split shifts ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #10
This is the American way! LittleGirl Feb 2024 #6
You can't have Medicare for All, they might raise taxes on the money we made by not giving you health insurance! ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #13
Now that we Boomers are on our way out, the balance will shift back Warpy Feb 2024 #7
I worked at I. Magnin in San Francisco leftieNanner Feb 2024 #8
Oh, I've heard plenty of stories sakabatou Feb 2024 #9
I've lived some of these ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #11
Holy... sakabatou Feb 2024 #14
Nope, one placed I worked had 25% (twenty-five percent) turnover monthly ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #19
Shit. I wouldn't be surprised if it went bankrupt, or just skeleton crew sakabatou Feb 2024 #23
Nope, it's still there ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #38
They should just all not show up. And find a different job. LiberalFighter Feb 2024 #15
And, this is how you get it done! OldBaldy1701E Feb 2024 #28
I've only had two retail jobs kimbutgar Feb 2024 #16
This is what happens I_UndergroundPanther Feb 2024 #20
Getting money out of politics is Step 1 dlk Feb 2024 #21
A couple of thoughts: snot Feb 2024 #22
My friend works for an airline central scrutinizer Feb 2024 #24
Do they think this is new? AwakeAtLast Feb 2024 #25
Kick dalton99a Feb 2024 #26
it's rampant in academia too et tu Feb 2024 #30
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