Organized Workers Taking It to the 1%

In yesterday’s NYT there was a good article entitled “In a Strong Economy, Why Are So Many Workers on Strike?” It reported that from Chicago teachers, to GM workers, to Marriot International Hotel employees, labor is taking it to the capitalists through collective action. Even flight attendants and airplane mechanics are finding creative ways of sabotage (which they unconvincingly deny) due to the fact that they cannot legally strike without federal approval. It’s as D. Taylor, president of the UNITE HERE hospitality workers union, is quoted in the story saying:

“It’s about: ‘OK, the government is not going in to take care of us. Business is not going to take care of us. We’ve got to take care of ourselves.”

Why? The American worker took cuts to their pay and benefits in the wake of the Great Recession ten-years ago, but now their capitalist masters are making billions and billions while the proletariat is getting shafted. Due to the austerity measures they pitched in with during the 2007-2008 economic crisis which remain in place, they are not getting anything back as their wages remain stagnant in comparison to the ridiculous amounts of profits gained by Wall St.
It’s as D. Taylor is further quoted stating:


“It’s been bubbling up for some time. Now it’s come up to the surface.”

The American worker needs to keep up the fight against their rich masters with strikes and sabotage. Organized labor, from Marx and Engels to the Russian Soviets, is an essential force with which to gain leverage over the bourgeoisie. Remember, the 1% are winning the class war while most of the 99% don’t even recognize that it’s taking place.

Right-To-Work Should Give Up Union Gains

110308_labor_unions_ap_328According to an article by the AP, the Right-To-Work movement across the U.S. is gaining more and more momentum as GOP governors and statehouses move to disable union rights by making it illegal to require workers to pay union dues .

The highest profile battle over a Right-To-Work bill over the last few years has been in Wisconsin. When a failed attempt to recall Governor Scott Walker occurred (he is also a leading GOP presidential candidate) for attacking unions beginning back in 2011, he signed one of these new anti-union bill earlier this week making Wisconsin the 25th state to do so.

Nearly 800 union-related bills have been proposed in statehouses this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Reports also show that union membership has been steadily declining since the 1980s, when it measured at 20 percent of all workers. In 2014, only 11.1 percent nationally belonged to a union.

Now let us be honest in this assumption, if that makes sense: These workers do not want to pay union dues while receiving all the monumental advances won through blood and hardship by organized labor. The labor/owner struggle over the past centuries should not be afforded to ungrateful employees who want to take advantage of modern salary contract negotiations. So here is a list that should apply to workers who do not want to pay union dues according to the Right-To-Work laws:

1) 16 hour work days are mandatory

2) 6-day work weeks are mandatory

3) No breaks are afforded

4) No workers’ compensation for those injured on the job

5) Pennies on the current dollar should be afforded for work-wages for they will not be negotiated by a union

6) No OSHA laws should be observed which protect workers from dangerous working conditions

7) Employees can be fired off-hand without any given reason with no recourse to union appeals processes

8) You have to bring your children to work everyday so their little hands and fingers can work small pieces machines that may indeed allow them to lose those little hands and fingers