About Unions

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Gandhi

The ememies are corporations that pay no taxes and violate labor, environmental and public safety laws as much as they can get away with – NOT unions or government. Do you want this flag? http://tinyurl.com/4eezodl  (Watch The Grapes of Wrath to remind yourself of what life in the US was like before we had labor laws and other important regulations that DO protect us when they are complied with.)

Fox Reverses Poll Results To Falsely Claim Most Americans Favor Ending Collective Bargaining http://dlvr.it/K8lGX

Boycott Scott Walker Contributors (via @blcnn) http://fb.me/VPeq7cso

Please read, learn and share this important US Labor History ALL Americans should know! http://workplacecredibleactivist.wordpress.com/labor-history-everyone-should-learn/

Historians: Unions, bargaining old as America http://bit.ly/iedZC9

“Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.”–Ronald Reagan

Don’t vote for the American political party that says what Hitler said: ” We must reduce workers’ salaries and take away their right to strike.” ~Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933

Here is a list of workplace protections and rights that ALL Americans enjoy that you may not realize were won by unions via violent struggles often resulting in grave injury and death.

8-Hour Workday

Health Insurance through work

Unemployment Insurance

Paid Sick Time

Workplace Safety Laws and Regulations

Laws and Regulations against Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

Child Labor Laws

Minimum Wage Laws

The right to form unions, collectively bargain, strike, and have union meetings

Overtime Pay

Here are some past and present countries in the world in which labor unions were illegal:

China, Burma, North Korea, United Arab Emirates, Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russian, Mussolini’s Italy, Franco’s Spain, Hussain’s Iraq, Bremer’s Iraq.

The GOP wants to destroy and even outlaw labor unions in the US. Think about that.  More to come!

“The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor.” – Thomas Donahue

Informative Links:

1. Important Labor History http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/02/labor-unions-and-me/

2. “It’s not about the budget; it’s about the power.” Wisconsin Power Play – Paul Krugman http://nyti.ms/elf5Dx

Slavery and Indentured Servitude: The First Labor System the United States had. The harmful effects of both of these remain with us in the US to this day. Responsible voters will watch the entire documentary “Eyes On the Prize” to learn how slavery continues to affect us all. http://to.pbs.org/TA1ga

Although slavery was outlawed in the 1800s, our labor system remains affected by it. Additionally, discrepancies between different racial groups in workplaces and in terms of wealth and education are also outcomes of slavery that remain with us.

Modern-day slavery remains a problem in the US and worldwide; human trafficking is a serious problem. Responsible voters will learn all they can about this and take action to be a modern-day abolitionist. http://www.endhumantrafficking.org/

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/

The Colorado CoalField Wars: http://www.du.edu/ludlow/index.html

BP – a LONG list of workplace safety violations: http://www.publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/2085/

Massey: Employees Unlawfully Retaliated Against for Raising Safety Concerns: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0406/Massey-Energy-West-Virginia-mine-explosion-site-s-checkered-past

Wal-Mart: http://walmartwatch.org/about/

Unions are NOT the enemy: Corporations that violate laws and get away with murder (literally) are the enemy: Tell YOUR Senators that you agree with Senator Bernie Sanders from VT, who calls for Surtax on Millionaires, Ending Breaks for Big Oil http://bit.ly/eX2ILE

Here are some comparisons of labor benefits, compensation and other workplace issues in the US as compared to other nations in the world: http://www.bls.gov/fls/charts.htm

Denise A Romano, Workplace Expert and Author, was on the Jack Wade Show, The Union Edge, on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 3pm, EST – Listen here if you missed it: http://workingfamilyradio.libsyn.com/webpage

The Jack Wade Show, The Union Edge airs on
WPYT 660 AM, Pittsburgh
and WFYL 1180 AM, Philadelphia
from 3:00-4:00 PM EST
and on KLAV 1230 AM, Las Vegas 
and a few Pacifica stations. 
They also stream live on http://www.wfrnlive.com
A Perfect Illustration Of How Much Better Workers Have It In Germany Than In America: Not only is Germany beati… http://bit.ly/x88Syt


If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin, age, or disability, you have the right to file a complaint.  In certain programs, discrimination based on sex, religion, citizenship, or political affiliation or belief is also against the law.

This brochure is intended to help you get the results you deserve.  In order to ensure that your complaint is being handled properly, please follow the instructions given.

First, find the program or activity that you are involved in.  Then make sure that alleged discrimination charge is covered in that program.  Send your complaint to the agency listed.

Your complaint must be filed within 180 days of the alleged incident.

Make sure you include all the information that is important to your complaint.

Please write or type your letter legibly.


Department of Education Office of Civil Rights

Mary E. Switzer Bldg

330 C Street Southwest

Washington, DC  20202

(202) 205-5557; 1-800-421-3481

Equal Employment Opportunity          Commission (EEOC)

131 M Street NE, Fourth Floor Suite 4NW02F Washington, DC  20507

(202) 663-4900; 1-800-669-4000

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights

200 Independence Avenue SW

Washington, DC  20201         

(202) 619-0403; 1-800-368-1019

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

451 7th Street SW

Washington, DC  20410

(202) 708-4252; 1-800-669-9777

Department of Labor Civil Rights Center

200 Constitution Avenue, NW Room N-4123

Washington, DC  20210         

(202) 693-6500



Educational institution, private employers, State and local governments

State and local governments, educational institutions, unions’ apprenticeship programs employment agencies and private employers with 15 or more employees

Private employers, state and local governments, post secondary educations institutions in the health field, hospitals, nursing homes, social service agencies and facilities.

State and local governments and housing authorities

Private employers, State and local governments if participants in Department of Labor programs.



Race, color, sex national origin, and disability

Race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, and disability

Race, color, sex, national origin, religion, and disability

Race, color, sex, national origin, religion, and disability

Race, color, sex, national origin, disability, political affiliation or belief, and citizenship


Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

200 Constitution Ave NW, Room C-3325

Washington, DC 20210

(202) 693- 0101

National Labor Relations

1099 14th Street NW, Room 9700

Washington, DC 20570

(202) 273-3891

Small Business Administration of Equal Employment Opportunity & Civil Rights


409 3rd Street SW

Washington, DC 20416

(202) 205-6750

Department of Labor Office Wage & Hour Division (WHD)

200 Constitution Ave NW, Room S-3502

Washington, DC 20210

(202) 693- 0563

U.S. Postal Service

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW

Washington, DC  20260

(202) 768-1000; 1-888-308-7654


Federal contractors and sub contractors, contractors and sub-contractors and federally assisted construction.

Prevents and remedies unfair labor practices by employers and labor organizations.

Aids and protects small business interests through financial investment, procurement and management assistance.  Ensures that beneficiaries of SBA’s programs are in compliance with civil rights legislation

Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, child labor requirements; Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act

Handles complaints of discrimination from employees, present and former


Race, color, sex, national origin, disability, disabled Veterans and Veterans

* If your complaint does not appear to be covered by one of the above-listed agencies, you should contact your State government for the name of the organization within the State that would handle your complaint.


(U.S. Department of Labor, 2009) 

Copyright 2011 Denise A Romano – Reproduction allowed with copyright intact and inclusion of this blog address

There is so much more info to add and it will be added as my health allows.

More Coming Soon!


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