I am definitely amongst those who believed that the unions got too bloated and too corrupt, and really weren’t that necessary there for a few years in the 1980s, while life in the US was reaching its peak of prosperity due mostly to its being the sole superpower, and before China and India began gobbling up resources because their people were desperately poor. But now, after 15 years of us losing most of our rights to have any benefits, or any dignity at work, and now having to work 80 hour workweeks, if we can find any job at all, it may well be time to start some new unions. I don’t really trust any of the old ones left over from the 1930s – too long, too much rot has set in. The need to organize is all the more apparent as the Wisconsin governor is talking about using the national guard to break a strike by the last workers in the state who have any benefits or the right to claim any.
Thankfully someone at least out there gets that this is indeed a step back to the nineteenth century, and who also gets the fact that we could all, if we wanted to, legislate ourselves much better lives, if only we wanted… and I might add, without, if we were smart, ruining the economy due to over-socialization. We, including the mainstream left, are much smarter about economics than we were in the 1970s – we know how to keep things moving. But the people need to realize this, and as the person quoted below writes, we need to realize that we are indeed being subjected to quite the storm by those few who control the media, and use scare tacticians as their mouthpieces.
This was appended to an article ab0ut the Wisconsin situation. Yay writer!:
“No Unions No Country Worth a Shit.
One of the underlying agendas of the right wing assault on the Nation is to get rid of unions. People have been bombarded with propaganda that unions are evil for decades and far too many who need them think they are the enemy. Before unions kids worked in coal mines for five dollars a day, thirteen days on one day off, twelve hours a day as did my grandfather at age 14 when he came here from Italy as an orphan in the 1890’s.
If we allow the right to destroy the unions we will be right back there in very little time at all. Why so many working folks don’t get this is beyond me. One thing you can be very sure of….the captains of industry are very aware of the increased profits they can make off our labor if we have no collective bargaining rights. The argument should not be….gee the private sector workers don’t have job protections or health care or bargaining rights so why should public sector folks have such…..the goddamn argument should be that we should all have these rights!
Corporations are not intrinsically kinder or more enlightened in the 21st century than they were in the 19th century. Labor laws and workers rights were fought for with blood and suffering by our ancestors. It terrifies me that we as a Nation might just let it all go while we focus on who is winning Dancing With the Stars.”
From this salon article:
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