March 14, 2011

Guess what I learned the other day: You know all those armories in U.S. cities and towns? Some are pretty great looking. But why were they built? These armories were not built for the Civil War. The construction is more recent.

These armories were built so soldiers could gather to put down the labor movement. Wow. The early days of union busting.

And now, in the good old U.S. of A., we continue to embrace union busting. Just look at Wisconsin, ending collective bargaining for public sector workers. I’m appalled. I’m disappointed. I believe in the labor movement. I believe everyone has the right to bargain collectively. And I think the labor movement is a vital counterbalance to corporations.

Filed under: Social Commentary

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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