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June 08, 2011

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AdrianLesher

I don't think it's unfortunate that Brazil has an active labor movement. The ever-widening gap between rich and poor in the the United States has been aided by the erosion of the labor movement in the US. Hopefully Brazil can avoid this sort of regression.

By helping to elect former labor leader Lula, the Brazilian labor unions greatly aided in the further democritization of Brazil and in the growth of the Brazilian middle class.

Rio Gringa

Hi Adrian,

I think a healthy labor movement is good too, especially when it comes to increasing salaries for groups of people that really deserve more. What's not so great is when the strikes go on for weeks or months; it's especially unfortunate for schoolkids and college students, or for patients when health workers strike.

Also, with the erosion of the US labor movement, I think we can get a little romantic when it comes to seeing strong labor movements in other countries. It's harder to deal with when it's your train or your school or your health clinic that gets shut down for days or weeks.

Born Again Brazilian

Having moved from New York City to Sao Paulo about 11 months ago, your post dragged forth a frightening reality. Though you might see a fire extinguisher in every car on the street, I see no fire hydrants anywhere. How on earth would they put out a fire? But regarding the issue, I've noticed that the difference in the U.S. vs. Brazil is that fire fighters in America have always been regarded as heros, and have received the social benefits that accompany this title. Here, they might as well be washing the sidewalks. Or parking cars.

Adam

I was passing the Câmara Municipal, next to the Barcas, in the centro yesterday and there was a huge crowd, everyone wearing red and a 'trio eletrico' with a woman on top speaking to the crowd.

Prender bombeiros é foda

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