I'm going to keep this Labor Day blog post short and sweet. When you watch tonight's network newscasts, you will probably see many politicians, including the President pay lip service to unions at various Labor Day parades and functions. They will be singing the praises of workers and unions to the skies. In the midst of all their accolades, I want you to keep in mind that action speaks louder than words.
Traditionally, unions have backed Democrats with campaign donations and member's votes. Lately, very few Democrats, especially the President, have returned the favor. If our Democratic electeds were sincere about supporting workers and unions, we would already have an Employee Free Choice Act passed and wouldn't have to worry about a President who misrepresents job killing “Free” trade agreements as job creators and basically agrees with trickle down economics.
My suggestion to unions is that they deny the Labor Day photo opportunity to insincere politicians by letting them know that they are NOT welcome to make Labor Day speeches in any union's venue!
That being said, I want to wish my union brothers and sisters and all working people fighting for change a happy Labor Day.
Recent statistics say that union membership in all of the employment sectors is down to 12% in the United States. Those numbers are dangerously low and, if they get smaller, could force unions into extinction or weaken a union's bargaining power. If you are fortunate enough to be a union member, you should consider yourself blessed.
As union people, we have to share our good fortune by Sharing The Solidarity! I am trying to start a grassroots organization that will help unions grow and be a real union person's alternative to the Tea Party. I have a number of interesting ideas and invite you to join me. I am going to set up a conference call so we can toss some ideas around. Stay tuned here for more details or contact me using the contact form on this web site.
Happy Labor Day! Solidarity!
On this Labor Day weekend, in the midst of the highest unemployment levels since the great depression, record amounts of underemployment and corporations that use invidious hiring standards like pre-employment credit checks that make the hiring process seem like a reality show, we have to take stock and determine the real causes of our problems then fix them. We have to ask ourselves several questions: How could conservatives and the Tea Party, with corporate financial backing brainwash working people into going against their own best interests and oppose a national health care plan? How could they get working people to support politicians that are in favor of globalization and "free" trade when that is the real cause of our current unemployment problems? How can working people be conned into thinking that unions are a bad thing? Their weapon of mass disinformation is - - P A T R I O T I S M!
The conservative/Republican/Tea Party brand of patriotism usually involves the invocation of a few chants of "family values" plus some references to God and our founding fathers. They throw in some innuendos that being pro-health care reform is "socialist", union people are "thugs" and that the unemployed who collect unemployment insurance are living off the rest of us. To top it off, they say that retired people who collect their Social Security benefits are sapping the life blood of future generations.
For people who profess their "patriotism", they support some decidedly unpatriotic things like globalization and "free" trade agreements which have decimated our country's manufacturing capabilities, sent countless jobs overseas and have built up the manufacturing capabilities of China. The last time I looked, China was a Communist country. How is it patriotic to encourage manufacturing and create jobs over there when it causes reduced manufacturing capabilities and unemployment here? What kind of "family values" starve families out by opposing Unemployment Insurance payments and abuse retirees by trying to reduce Social Security payments, privatize it or raise the retirement age? The answer of course is UN-AMERICAN, AMORAL and UNETHICAL, corporate family values, because corporate cash finances that brand of "patriotism".
We ask ordinary American citizens to do some extraordinary things for our country. We ask our brave military personnel, our sons and daughters to give up their lives under the most horrifying circumstances, if need be. As Americans, we expect American corporations to do THEIR patriotic duty by bringing manufacturing back to the USA. We also ask them to stop using their cash to finance sock puppet special interest groups who buy propaganda ads that interfere with our electoral process. One last thing, we insist that they stop buying our elected officials via their lobbyists.
Happy labor day! Solidarity Forever!