Blame the Workers

You know I’m not shocked that the republicans are so blatantly trying to bust up the unions. But, how stupid are they to write it out in a memo! The following is an excerpt circulated among senate republicans:

“This is the democrats first opportunity to payoff organized labor after the election. This is a precursor to card check and other items. Republicans should stand firm and take their first shot against organized labor, instead of taking their first blow from it.”

For the rest of the memo:

I’ve read a number of blogs written by people who have had various dealings with the management of the big three and it’s not a picture of competence and inspiration. But, it isn’t all management’s fault either. You’ve been paying attention, you know that banks don’t want to loan money for new cars or just about anything else. You know that people are losing their jobs and that the people who have jobs worry about losing them. Consumer spending is down, and hey, that includes cars.

There are so many factors at play here that are causing these worldwide economic problems, but the republicans want to blame anything they can on unions and union workers. It never seems to occur to them that treating people with dignity, and offering them a living wage, and fixing health care would get them far more votes than waging war on unions and working people.

And you know, with so many people unemployed or under employed they are getting some traction with this. I’m sure when you’re making bupkus at Wal-Mart it seems like the auto workers are getting a pretty sweet deal. But, don’t we all want health care, a decent wage, people we can call on if our boss is abusive, or our working conditions were unsafe?

We don’t get stronger by tearing others down. It’s hard to stick up for someone who makes a better wage than you, but you know the old saying: “If we don’t hang together, we will all hang separately”. As individual workers we were truly an underclass. We didn’t always have the 40 hour work week, or child labor laws, or work place safety standards. We didn’t have laws to protect us from harassment, or from the boss who threatened to fire us if we didn’t agree with him.

The autoworkers have a pretty decent deal, but hardly unreasonable and nowhere near as good as the senators do. And the thing is the autoworkers agreed to make many concessions. It just didn’t matter because the republicans had an agenda and that agenda was to weaken the union and unions in general.

I don’t think unions are the be all and end all, but the workers are, and the unions attempt to protect the workers and help them have a decent quality of life.


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