A rally of the trade union UNISON in Oxford during a strike on March 28, 2006, with members carrying picket signs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Now I am seeing some posts saying that unions were necessary in the past, but they aren’t necessary now. What has changed? In the past, unions gave workersbargaining power in the work place to ensure good treatment and a larger share in the fruits of their labor. Unions helped make workplaces safer and reduced the hours in the workweek. Unions helped millions attain middle-class status, and a healthy middle-class is essential to preserving our democracy.
What has changed that makes unions unnecessary? Is the middle-class expanding or shrinking? It is shrinking rapidly.
Is the workweek growing or shrinking? It is growing as Americans work longer hours at one or more jobs to try to make ends meet.
Is workplace safety and food and drug safety increasing or diminishing? They are diminishing as the GOP deregulates and cuts funding for the regulators still in business.
Do workers receive some of the results of increasing productivity? For the past 30 years, workers’ incomes have stagnated while the results of productivity gains have gone to the people at the top.
How fares our democracy? With the combination of Citizens United and a stubborn GOP, our democracy is fading away. We have not yet attained third world status with the stark division of rich and poor and elections that change nothing, but we are moving closer to that status.
English: Scott Walker, 45th Governor of Wisconsin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Early in his term, Scott Walker told a wealthy supporter that he intended to use a strategy of divide and conquer. That strategy will be widely used because realistically speaking, how else can the 1% win elections? Without divide and conquer, the 1% would lose all elections 99% to 1%. They must use divide and conquer to have a chance of winning.
After the recall election failed, the media interviewed an individual who supported Walker. He said that he thought that public service employees should share the sacrifice that private sector non-union employees were being asked to bear. Exactly 180 degrees the wrong viewpoint and the result of the divide and conquer strategy working. Without a union to protect them, private sector workers have lost ground faster than unionizedpublic sector employees. Now public sector unionized employees are being coerced into giving up benefits that the private sector has already lost.
The proper strategy on the part of members of the 99% is to support each other. The 1% are not sharing in the sacrifice of this recession and thanks to the GOP, they never do share in the sacrifice. It is always the poorest among us who bear the most burden of sacrifice during recessions because they lack the political influence possessed by wealthier Americans.
It is time to put an end to the successful use of divide and conquer by the 1% and their agents like Scott Walker. United we the 99% will stand, divided we will fall.
According to Scott Walker, one lesson from the recall election is that you can’t spend more than you have. That is true now and forever of all states which are not permitted deficit spending. It is NOT a new lesson. Only the Federal government can use deficit spending to stimulate the economy. States are required to raise taxes or lower spending to balance their budgets. In most previous recessions, it was a common practice for the Federal government to give money to the states so that they needed not to reduce expenditures or raise taxes so much in a recession making the recession worse. This time the GOP wants to make the recession worse so that the voters will vote for the Republicans in November.
, U.S. Senator from Utah. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Scott Walker defeated his recall yesterday for a number of reasons, including the fact that he had the most money, the Democrats contested who would face Walker, Barrett had lost to Walker in November 2010, and Walker tied Barrett to the problems in Milwaukee. Would a different candidate with more campaign funds received more votes? Probably. Enough to win? Unlikely.
Today I mourn the loss to Walker. Tomorrow I begin the campaign to defeat all TEA Party backed candidates in November. Here in Utah, there will be a primary on June 26 to determine the Republican nominee for Orrin Hatch‘s Senate seat. The contest is between Orrin Hatch and Dan Liljenquist, who is known as Utah’s Paul Ryan. I have not decided how I will vote since I don’t want either in the Senate, and the Republican almost always wins.
English: Scott Walker on February 18, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dismal, dismal night Pepto-Bismol night
I await the dawn
Of renewed democracy Scott Walker recall day
For that I pray
Today I hope
The TEA Party tide
Turns and recedes
People of Wisconsin
Set an example
The nation can follow.