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The War Against Workers
Almost all of
us, from wherever we have come, have something vital in common:
we are engaged in the world of work.
Some of us are
members of unions as am I, a proud, card-carrying member
of the National Writer's Union, which is affiliated with the United
Some of us,
perhaps a majority, are not members of a union, and yet, as so-called
'contingency workers'; as temps, as part-timers, as on call workers,
as workfare, as day laborers, as prison laborers, we are people
who are workers, who add social good; and al of us
are catching hell!
wherever there is a war against wages, that means a war against
If we speak
the truth, it doesn't matter who wins the White House; workers are
catching hell. That's because the only choices before the American
people are corporate choices; a thin narrow slice between two, quite
similar 'brokerage parties', who sell their souls to the
Think of it
this way; the last president supported by vast labor votes was William
Jefferson Clinton. And how did Clinton reward labor support? By
passing NAFTA, and opening the door to the globalist monster that
is sucking the life-blood from most working families across the
nation. The drastic loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs, and the resultant
drop in wages, can be traced to the NAFTA bill.
That's why a
Million Worker March is now necessary; to break through the corporate
gibble-gobble that now dominates the coming elections. Corporate
candidates covered by corporate media for corporate interests. It's
no wonder it's so slimy. It's also no wonder that the word 'workers'
rarely, if ever, crosses the lips of the corporate candidates. It's
no wonder that the word 'union'sounds like profanity when they mention
It is only the
workers that can or will defend the interests of workers:
Universal Healthcare for ALL people; A national living wage
and livable retirement benefits; Bring about democracy to
the shop floor, so that decision about work are made by those who
labor; Taxation that is progressive, on corporations and
the wealthy, and relieves the burdens on the working class and poor;
An End to Wars waged for Corporate America, like Iraq;
The immediate revocation of all anti-labor pacts,
like NAFTA, FTAA, the WTO, and CAFTA; The repeal of Taft-Hartley;
Repeal of the so-called 'PARTRIOT ACT';
These are but
some of the demands motivating the Million Worker March, but it
can't be all of them. Workers actually build this society;
it is they, and only they, who can re-build it.
This means a
resurgence of the labor movement that is truly revolutionary
that does not 'settle' for it's slice, but changes the social order
completely. The union movement has a history of exclusion
that worked against its own class interests; what if what
IF all of those people we mentioned a few moments
ago part-timers, on-calls, perma-temps, and yes prison
laborers were actually unionized? It would add immeasurably,
to the power of Labor, and add to the power of unions, generally,
as a social force in the social order! In a phrase, this is win-win.
Social transformation is possible, but only ONLY with
organize, broadly, and as a social force, then you will hear those
political whores speak the word 'union' like they are speaking of
a lover! Our esteemed ancestor, the great escaped captive, and abolitionist,
Frederick Douglass once said, "Power concedes nothing without
demand." He was right then; he is right now. Labor must unite
to force this corrupt political system to yield. We, all of us,
will be able to construct new realities, not merely demand them.
Or else, we
will be choosing the same monkeys to sit over us, as they betray
us, forever. That time must end. Thank You!
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