Opinions from trade unionists

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Charlton Heston, Actor and political activist

You could say that the paparazzi and the tabloids are sort of the 'assault weapons' of the First Amendment. They're ugly, a lot of people don't like them, but they're protected by the First Amendment - just as 'assault weapons' are protected by the Second Amendment.
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Ronald Reagan, Former US president

This is a matter of vital importance to the public safety ... While we recognize that assault-weapon legislation will not stop all assault-weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals.
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Jerry Dias,

disagrees Fracking
Just because we can carry out this activity does not mean we should… Unconventional gas fracking has the potential to have catastrophic effects on our environment and economy.
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Guy Ryder,

Health protection is central to decent work and must be a reality for all.
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Ronald Reagan, Former US president

One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine.
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Norman Tebbit, Former Chairman of the Conservative Party

disagrees Euthanasia
A few months ago, an elderly lady asked me how she could ensure that her wish to leave all her assets to a charity for ex-servicemen and women could be entrenched against any attempts by other would-be beneficiaries to override it. She said 'I have no children but I have several vultures awaiting my death'. This bill will be a breeding ground for vultures, individual and corporate. It creates too ... See More
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Bill Shorten, Australian politician

We're a grown up democracy - it shouldn't be taking eight days to find out who won and who lost. We can't afford to let Australia drift for eight days after an election.
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Andy Stern, Author Raising the Floor; Richman Center, Columbia University; Former President SEIU

A universal basic income is essentially giving every single working-age American a check every month, much like we do with social security for elderly people. It’s an unconditional stipend, as it were. The reason it's necessary is we're now learning through lots of reputable research that technological change is accelerating, and that this process will continue to displace workers and terminate... See More
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Jeremy Corbyn, British labour party politician

agrees Robot Tax
Companies that replace workers with robots should be taxed in a new settlement between work and leisure. We need urgently to face the challenge of automation; robotics that could make so much of contemporary work redundant
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Jeremy Corbyn, British labour party politician

We need urgently to face the challenge of automation, robotics that could make so much of contemporary work redundant.
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Steve Sinnott, Former general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, UK

There is a view that the promotion of greater influence of faith groups in running our schools could be detrimental to community cohesion and social cohesion and could promote ethnic segregation.
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Jeremy Corbyn, British labour party politician

It is unacceptable that many women and girls adapt their daily lives in order to avoid being harassed on the street, public transport, and in other public places from the park to the supermarket. This could include taking longer routes to work, having self-imposed curfews or avoiding certain means of transport. My intention would be to make public transport safer for everyone from the train platfo... See More
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Andy Stern, Author Raising the Floor; Richman Center, Columbia University; Former President SEIU

agrees Basic Income
We're about to lose some of the most basic programs we had [because of technology], like Medicare, potentially. I don’t think there's any proof that it's any more politically feasible to hold on to what we have than to build on a big new idea.
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David Rolf, Vice President of SEIU and President of SEIU Local 775 in Seattle

agrees Basic Income
I happen to think universal basic income and a high minimum wage work well in combination to produce tighter labor markets, more consumer spending power, and if McDonald's want to lure you out of your rock band or off your couch to go and cook french fries, they ought to have to pay a premium for that.
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Paul Mason, Economics Editor, The Guardian

agrees Basic Income
To benefit from the automation revolution we need a universal basic income, the slashing of working hours and a redefinition of ourselves without work
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Andrew Little, Labor Party Leader in New Zealand

agrees Basic Income
We are keen to have that debate about whether the time has arrived for us to have a system that is seamless, easy to pass through, [with a] guaranteed basic income and [where] you can move in and out of work on a regular basis.
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Richard L. Trumka,

The SEC's pay ratio disclosure rule is thoughtful, balanced, and carefully crafted to provide companies considerable flexibility and makes accommodations to them in complying with the rule, while giving shareholders valuable new information
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John Hannett,

disagrees Brexit
If we were to leave the EU, there is a clear risk that such employment rights and protections would be dismantled by a UK Conservative government … [Our] campaign [to protect employment rights] will be best served through remaining in Europe.
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Tim Roache GMB,

disagrees Brexit
Does anybody actually believe that the European laws on things like maternity and parental leave … equal rights for part time workers … and so much more would be protected by the Conservatives [or] UKIP? Dream on if you do.
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Frances O'Grady,

disagrees Brexit
If we left the EU, can [the Brexit camp] guarantee that the UK government will keep and protect [existing EU] employment rights? I certainly wouldn’t trust them to.
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Mick Cash,

agrees Brexit
It would be ludicrous for a union like ours to support staying in a bosses' club that seeks to ban the public ownership of our railways, attacks the shipping and offshore sectors and embraces the privatisation of the NHS and other services.
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Tom Harris,

agrees Brexit
If the UK leaves the EU, all the powers Brussels and Strasbourg currently have over Scotland ... will be automatically devolved to Holyrood. I think those powers would be better used by Scottish politicians directly accountable to Scottish voters.
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Alan Johnson, British Labour Party politician who served as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010

disagrees Brexit
British shoppers are better off and better protected as part of Europe
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Mick Whelan, British union leader

agrees Brexit
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Steve Turner, British trade union leader

disagrees Brexit
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Paul Mason, Economics Editor, The Guardian

disagrees Brexit
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Brendan Barber, Trade unionist; general secretary of the tuc

disagrees Brexit
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Radosław Sikorski, Polish politician and journalist

disagrees Brexit
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Stefan Löfven, Swedish 20th century prime minister

disagrees Brexit
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Vivicca Whitsett, American comedian

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Melissa Gilbert, Actress, director

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Becky Williams, American labor unionist

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Randi Weingarten, American labor leader

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Richard Trumka, American labor leader

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Lee Saunders, American labor union activist

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Terence M. O'Sullivan, American activist

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Michael Mulgrew, American labor leader

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Eliseo Medina, Labor organizer with united farm workers, service employees international union

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Douglas J. McCarron, American activist

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Dolores Huerta, American labor leader

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Mary Kay Henry, American labor leader

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Helen Fabela Chávez, American labor unionist

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Lily Eskelsen, American teacher and trade union leader

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R. Thomas Buffenbarger, American labor leader

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Lilian Greenwood, British politician

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Jeremy Corbyn, British labour party politician

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Per Rune Henriksen, Norwegian politician

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Terje Aasland, Norwegian politician

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