97 thoughts on “Unions In America: How We Got To Where We Are Today | MSNBC

  1. Unions are powerful tools. Ask Poland. Their solidarity movement pushed the well armed Russians out of their country. Not a shot fired. A union can shut down a country and that is why they are so feared. They also helped people organize which is woefully lacking today. It takes organization to fight back/lobby for your rights and better conditions. Look at the unions in France. They do not tolerate the government when it steps on their backs. Reagan feared the unions and that is why he crushed them. Unions would have never sent their jobs to China.

  2. Unions are the only tool for working Americans to ensure that it “trickles down” your employer works on contracts why can’t you the employee?

  3. Most people are ill informed of the benefits of unions today. All people that work today, even if they do not belong to a union, all benefit from the laws passed for workers rights. Even Management workers benefit from union laws & most are too ignorant to understand that the salaries they are paid & the health benefits they have are based on the non-salaried workers.

  4. Unions got children out of mines, created the 40 hour work week, brought about a two day weekend and endless other improvements to the lives of working people. Who would want to live in a country free of the protections unions have fought for in the west?

  5. Unions are corrupt and dangerous..they are socialist and destroy capitalism..which, makes perfect sense why they are paid off by democrat politicians..

  6. Unions are only as good as their leaders who are often corrupt and on the take. Unions are not the perfect answer, but until corporations develop a more responsible moral code and stop running their business like fiefdoms of which they are king and beneficiary and all others are just peasants and serfs, we will need unions. Less greed and more gratitude to the working class would go a long way.

  7. "A society grows great when old men plant trees under which shade they know they shall never sit."
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  9. Velshi, dropping from 35% union to 10% isn't a 25% decrease, 1:07 it's 25/35ths decrease or 70+% (SEVENTY+ per cent). Maybe those teachers didn't get paid enough TO TEACH YOU BASIC MATH!!!!!

  10. Unions are imperfect, but the only mechanism to fight the elites. THE ONLY WAY! If it weren't for unions, people would still be working 6 days 12 hours, children would be working, and there would be no Social Security. Unions gave Americans all that, and the media rarely talks about them Will NEVER see this show on FUX!

  11. trump keeps winning.. dems keeps losing..time for the dems to switch sides.. befor they hit rock bottom and start killing themselfs.. trump will take you in and love and protect you..

  12. UNIONS ARE CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT NEED TO BE ELIMINATED. The quality of my work is twice as good as everyone I work with. Why would anyone want to work at an onganization where the very best employees are paid the same with the same benefits as the slacker goof off losers who would rather comment on utube than do there jobs? ALL UNIONS DO IS LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR LOSERS. And all dues are used to prop up criminally corrupt political organizations. Now if your a conformist, a socialist or a communist, this is for you.

  13. I would love to work a union job where I get to "work" as slow as possible and take 30 minute "coffee" breaks every 90 minutes then leave work 4 hours early every other day and still get paid for a full day's work and NEVER have to worry about losing my job. Is the UAW hiring again?

  14. I’m in a union and work for a large company – we fought a long hard strike during the Obama years – 1 year after Trump took office we got a 4 year contract extension with great benefits, salary increases and job security – wages are on the up tick – get Bernie, Warren and their ilk in their and the businesses will go away like they did during Obama

  15. The Republican party works for corporations and the wealthy, so naturally the Republican party despises working Americans. It's a natural conflict of interests.
    Republicans have created an America of corporations,  by corporations, and for corporations. We the people, have been officially replaced by Citizens United, a ruling placed on us by Republicans, which is designed to rule over us.

    Republican campaign finance reports, which are, available to the public, show connections between a group of wealthy donors with ties to Russia and their political contributions to Trump and a number of top Republican leaders. And thanks to changes in campaign finance laws, the political contributions are legal. Bottom line,  our campaign finance laws are now a threat to our country.

    Moscow Mitch knew from receiving intelligence briefings in 2016 that our electoral process was under attack by the Russians. Two weeks after the Dept of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement in October 2016 that the Russian government had directed the effort to interfere in our electoral process, Moscow Mitch's PAC accepted a $1 million donation from Blavatnik's AI-Altep Holdings. The PAC took another $1 million from Blavatnik's AI-Altep Holdings on March 30, 2017, just 10 days after former Comey publicly testified before the House Intelligence Committee about Russia's interference in the election.

    The contributions are legal because the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling, Citizens United, allowed American corporations to give unlimited amounts of money to PACs, regardless of how they make their money, where they make their money, or with whom they make their money.

    The man who led the winning fight for Citizens United was David Bossie, president of the conservative non-profit since 2001. Bossie served as Trump's deputy campaign chairman.

    The Super PAC, Make America Number 1, is funded by Trump's largest donor, Robert Mercer. His Renaissance Technologies hedge fund donated $15.5 million to the PAC.

    Mercer's daughter, Rebekah, assumed control of Make America Number 1 in September 2016 and is now tainted by her role in the communications between Wikileaks and Cambridge Analytica, the firm that Jared Kushner, hired for $5.9 million to handle the digital portion of the Trump campaign…

    Citizens United must be overturned. It represents the biggest crime ever perpetrated on the American people. It was created by republicans and powerful corporations, for the sole purpose of finally controlling our government for their own financial gains, all while undermining the will of the people..

  16. And how many labor strikes hinged on health care? Not having Medicare for all gives the big bosses one more thing they can use as leverage.

  17. If the fabulous brass military would just stick with boom boom show tunes and fabulous special outfit parties, we would not have so much diplomatic tick tick trouble. Fool's errand after fanatical fool's errand, the show of show's and the military fussy butt boy of precision drilling whatnot.

  18. In NYC we the union construction workers fight non union labor all the time. Non union companies hire illegal migrants to do the work. The work is shoddy, non union job sites are dangerous because they are not trained properly. But this is liberal/ progressive nyc, a sanctuary city. Giving work away to illegal immigrants rather to hard working tax paying Americans. Every year non union construction grows and it's scary.

  19. I wish there were a way to make unions and granges strong and ubiquitous again. Not only did their collective bargaining help the worker and farmer, but they provided a secular place for community to develop. I recently read that one of the reasons populist movements (like Trump's and Sanders') are so attractive is many people feel disconnected, and need to belong. It's why the supporters of those two demagogues followers cannot absorb any negative truth about their saviors, they are filling an emotional need.

  20. The greatest economic time was when Unions were the strongest and corporation paid the most in taxes. Now that corporations are "We The People" and money is "Free Speech," you need to bow down to your 1% owners and be happy you have a job.

  21. It was the "Reagan Democrats" that cut their own throats starting in the 80's. Their greed and ignorance made sure that union brothers and sisters coming up from behind would get screwed too.

  22. FLASHBACK: In 2016, MSNBC Pushed Socialist Sanders as ‘Not Radical’

    By Scott Whitlock | February 22, 2020 1:30 PM EST

    Now that Bernie Sanders is a serious threat to win the Democratic nomination, some on MSNBC have sounded the alarm, blasting the candidate for his extreme ideas. Yet, four years ago this week, Sanders had a friendlier platform on the liberal network. On February 17, 2016, socialist host Lawrence O’Donnell brought on socialist professor Frances Fox Piven to sing the praises of the socialist Sanders.

    She told O’Donnell’s viewers that Sanders ideas aren’t “radical” and added, “[Sanders] is not proposing to take over anything. He is just proposing to redistribute the concentrated wealth that we have been producing in this society to make sure that everybody, young people have jobs.”

    In 2010, O’Donnell bragged, “I am a socialist. I live to the extreme left of you mere liberals.” On the February 2016 show, the host, who earns an estimated $4 million a year, praised, “The younger voter when you polled them on this word socialism ,it is not a bad word. And, polls always used to return socialism as just about the worst word that you could associate with anyone.”

    According to a Nexis search, Professor Piven has not been back on the show for the 2020 cycle. Instead, you have MSNBC hosts like Chris Matthews decrying Sanders and Morning Joe regular Donny Deutsch admitting he’s “ panicked” about a Sanders nomination.

    For more examples from our flashback series, which we call the NewsBusters Time Machine, go here.

    A transcript of the February 17, 2016 segment is below. Click “expand” to read more.

    Last Word

    LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: The Bernie Sanders for president campaign follows in the footsteps of many social theorists and activists who have been advancing similar ideas long before Bernie Sanders first ran for office. Frances Fox Piven, distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the graduate school of the City University of New York is ten years older than Bernie Sanders and has been a leading social policy thinker and activists throughout her career. She is the author of several books and is a prime mover behind the voter law, which Bill Clinton signed in 1993 to simplify voter registration. The President invited Frances Fox Piven to that bill signing ceremony. Here is Professor Piven in 1980 in a debate with the leading Republican economist of the era, Milton Friedman.

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN (Cuny Professor): The economic license of this to control property and those who control capital has in fact been a threat not only to equality, but a threat to the freedom of people all over the world, and not only in Europe and in the United States, but in Africa and Asia and in Latin America.

    O’DONNELL: Joining us now, Professor Frances Fox Piven, who is also a member and honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. Professor, thank you very much for joining us.

    PIVEN: I am so glad to be here.

    O’DONNELL: You know, I have just been imagining throughout this campaign what it has been like for you to watch the rise of a candidate, who is saying things that I could have imagined a candidate saying in the past, but not a competitive candidate. Not a candidate who is running up a very competitive for the nomination for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    PIVEN: Well, I don’t know. I think that democratic socialist is a very big term. People mean a lot of different things by it. You could also call Bernie Sanders a New Deal Democrat.

    O’DONNELL: Certainly.

    PIVEN: And you would not be wrong.

    O’DONNELL: Right.

    PIVEN: So, maybe he is not even a very left-wing New Deal Democrat. But his bold and clear statement of his central policy commitments and they are — they are left in American politics, they are left commitments, that is new. We have not heard that for a long time and I think people are just eating it up.

    O’DONNELL: You have been studying voter behavior for a long time, written a couple of books about it, including how politicians have tried to suppress voter turnout in various ways. But, the younger voter when you polled them on this word socialism ,it is not a bad word. And, polls always used to return socialism as just about the worst word that you could associate with anyone.

    PIVEN: Well, you know, that is the effect of a kind of national culture of propaganda of jingoism of flag waving.

    O’DONNELL: Yes.

    PIVEN: But if you think about what socialism has meant and especially what democratic socialism has meant, it means that there should be democratic control over the main functions of the economy and that could happen in a variety of ways. It could be done by giving government larger responsibilities for production and distribution. It could be done by having workers self management.

    O’DONNELL: Uh-huh.

    PIVEN: There are any number of ways in which we could democratize the economy. I happen to believe we desperately need to do that, however. And, so, does Bernie Sanders, but not in radical ways. He is not proposing to take over anything. He is just proposing to redistribute the concentrated wealth that we have been producing in this society to make sure that everybody, young people have jobs, to make sure that people working have medical leave, that they can spend some time with their children to make sure they have health care. These are minimal things in rich industrial countries, everywhere except the United States.

    O’DONNELL: Is it that we needed 50 years of watching other rich industrial countries do this kind of thing successfully and not sink into economic despair?

    PIVEN: Well, I think it helps that we watched the countries do it, but we also have a tendency to think that we are extremely different.

    O’DONNELL: Yes.

    PIVEN: You know, it is true that we have two legs and two arms and things like that, but there is something special and exotic about American — American society. Well, there is not anything so exotic about American society except that we treat ourselves different and therefore we do not learn as much as we could from other countries. A little learning would be a good thing.

    O’DONNELL: Well, you have taught us all a great deal for many, many years. Frances Fox Piven, it is an honor to have you here tonight. I really appreciate you coming.

    PIVEN: Glad to speak with you.

  23. Bernie’s largest supporter Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks is very Pro Union except when he himself locks them out—>>Left-Wing Young Turks Refuses to Recognize Employees’ UnionALEX GRISWOLD FEB 21, 2020 5:25 PMThe Young Turks, a left-wing and pro-Bernie Sanders YouTube network, is refusing to recognize its employees' new labor union.

    A week after TYT Union was formed to represent production and post-production workers at the popular liberal channel, the group announced that company leadership had refused voluntary recognition of the union. The refusal, which comes after Sanders proposed penalizing companies that refuse to recognize unions, is the latest instance of a left-leaning news outlet resisting unionization among its employees.

    "This is a disappointing decision from an organization that presents itself as progressive," the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the parent organization of TYT Union, tweeted. "Join us in telling [The Young Turks] to respect their so-called principles and respect their workers!"

    Boasting over 200 million views a month, TYT is one of the most popular media voices in the leftist wing of the Democratic Party. Both of its cohosts endorsed Sanders, who supports legislation that would automatically grant their employees the recognition TYT has withheld.

    Under current labor laws, the National Labor Relations Board sets up a secret ballot election if 30 percent of a workplace's employees sign a union card. If a majority of employees vote to unionize, the NLRB will certify the union, but employers can choose whether to recognize it. Under Sanders's labor plan, "when a majority of workers in a bargaining unit sign valid authorization cards to join a union, they will have a union. If employers refuse to negotiate in good faith, we will impose strong penalties on those companies." According to a press release from IATSE, a majority of TYT's employees signed union cards.

    In a statement last week announcing its formation, TYT Union invoked the network's left-wing, pro-union stance.

    "We're proud to work behind the scenes at TYT to create online content that's bold, entertaining, and unapologetically progressive," the group wrote. "There is no other news and talk network quite like TYT, and the perspective our network brings to its political coverage is resolutely pro-justice and pro-worker."

    Sanders endorsed TYT founder and cohost Cenk Uygur for Congress in December but retracted his endorsement a day later after critics noted Uygur's history of sexist and homophobic comments.

    The decision from TYT—which did not respond to a request for comment—comes as other left-wing outlets have resisted employee attempts to form unions. In September, the Center for American Progress's outlet ThinkProgress was accused of union-busting after it fired its entire staff and "relaunched" with non-union employees. Months earlier, Vox Media publicly clashed with its writers' union, resulting in a site-wide walkout.

    Posted in: Issues
    Tags: Bernie Sanders, Big Labor, Hypocrisy, Media, Union, Unions
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  24. Unions screwed themselves by not protecting themselves from the non union element. As unions went ALL IN on selling jobs to marginally or totally unqualified members , the non union proliferated union employees with de-unionizing efforts. All the while reaping the benefits that were intensively negotiated by unions. Desperately trying to increase dues revenues by selling jobs until the number of members outnumbered available jobs, the whole effort failed in dramatic fashion. Underfunded pension plans and frivolous expenditures at the top also contributed heavily to the loss of leverage. As the gop torpedoed manufacturing to control good paying jobs , unions were busy ignoring the obvious and well organized non union agenda. Controlling wages , jobs and benefits is paramount to the gop business who refuse to pay fair wages. The influx of non union disorganization efforts provided the necessary votes at local and national bargaining agreements to undermine any possible gains.There may well be strength in numbers , but there is also GREED ! VOTE BLUE NO MATTER WHO ! 🌊🌍🇺🇸🌊🌍🇺🇸🌊

  25. Union leadership, what I've seen of it in action, has succumbed to greed…just like so many others. They are failing workers in the same way companies have.

  26. This is the result of union-busting with a multi-pronged strategy. Right to work legislation, high-pressure co-ordinated anti-union tactics by employers (see Walmart). Disinformation campaigns by politicians and corporate propaganda and wage busting across a number of industries by using undocumented or temporary workers or offshoring labor.

  27. MSNBC is the gas light network. Ali Velshi must not sleep well at night knowing he's why American kids sing along to Oh Oh Oh Ozempic, and dance around to Trujeo Ready.

  28. The largely unionized steel and manufacturing industries that provided the U.S. with jobs, stability and a healthy middle class negotiated job safety, good incomes and pensions, was off shored to less developed countries where slave labour conditions still are rampant. Nixon opened China to this and the results on the American economy, standard of living and middle classes continue to unroll. The American prosperity of the 1950's, 60's and early 70's was traded to obtain profits for the 1% and has destroyed the American dream for the 90% of 3 generations of young America thus opening the U.S. electorate to Donald Trump's deception.

  29. Title of this video: We got here because the democratic party hasn't represented the working class in the U.S. in over 40 years! Union membership down, ever since 1979 peak. We need most Americans to ✋ voting for corporate serving democraps and instead only vote for true Progressives or 3rd party candidates. The Democratic Party leadership is corrupt.

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  31. Employers (mostly) are focused on maximizing profit or in the case of government agencies, minimizing spending. Without something concrete like a union to speak for and protect the employees, giving the workers a fair shake obviously won't rate high on a companies to do list.
    The only problem historically with unions (similar with governments) though is that those given power tend to abuse it for their own benefit.

  32. Unions need a major comeback, but the unions themselves need to reinvent themselves as well. I loved my union, but I hated watching them waste 60% of effort on symbolic feel-good goals.

    If they want to be the standard bearers for the Middle Class again after being neutered by Reagan and scandals with organized crime, then they need to regain the trust of workers.
    Until that happens, the middle class slide will just continue to slide.

  33. This isn't the real problem. Elizabeth Warren has already identified what the real problem is in America and it needs immediate action or none of this stuff even matters.

  34. Hmm.. new form of republican socialism is forming now. One party without other voices. No Unions are allowed in US under Trump empire..

  35. Unions are a cancer and have outlived their purpose. They're now just an organization of thugs and corrupt leaders. Crush 'em.

  36. 1938. Hmmm; why is that singing of legislature relevant in that year. Oh, that's right. It's when the National Socialist German Workers' Party started something to establish their rights accordingly. Kinda ironic, but not as much as big business striking back in 1948; or was it the Marxists?

  37. Take a look at what happens to non Union office staff or support workers vs the Traditional labour Union.
    Unions may be imperfect, but they have a mechanism to negotiate and non Union personal do not.
    I shouldn’t have to tell who does better.

  38. HE LEFT OUT how the Democratic Party starting in the mid-'70s turned all of there attention towards the interests of Corporate America and the Professional Class, offering the Rank & File ZERO protectionisms against union-busting & Free Trade Agreements. Our Democratic Neo-Liberals (aka Establishment Democrats) in charge of our party have been onboard with the systematic demise of organized labor in America for about 45yrs now. Sources: * Bill Clinton's "NAFTA" – Google *"Democratic Leadership Council" – *Obama's 2007 campaign (broken) promise speech, "I'll walk on that picket line with you, as president of the United States of America

  39. Hay MSNBC!!! Your anti-BERNIE bias is really getting to me. Some of your old worn out long in the tooth pundits are generationally and ideologically out of date. Used to turn to you but increasingly hard to take.

  40. Without unions, workers are extremely vulnerable to the Rich who have the influence with politicians and the power to move things in their direction even if it hurts workers

  41. Ok unions, I'd like Bernie to explain how Medicare-for-All and Open Borders works.

    Isn't it odd that we haven't heard any member of our intrepid army of free press reporters ask him that simple question?

  42. Oh, and for the curious. A majority of Culinary Union was reported support for Sanders yesterday. Maybe the discrepancy between Union Leaders and members are spilling over to memberships in general.

  43. How Republicans won? War machines attacks and Dems unstable and unconstitutional plans. Think it!
    Go Mike Go!

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  45. What unions need is union bosses who won't screw them. They need union bosses that will fight for them like Bernie is fighting for all of us.

  46. The demolishing of unions is terrible to watch. And Americans act like it's some big mystery why corporate profits rise while wages drop. What? Did you think your employers who were raised with the "I got mine, ** you!" mentality were going to give you even a slither of the pie without a fight?

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