I won’t pretend to know everything about Unions and Politics. I know some, though. I remember when I worked down South as a Produce Clerk. There was talk of a Union being formed. Workers coming together and being represented by an organization. It was killed really, really quickly. We were told that if we joined a Union, or thought about joining a Union, we’d be fired. But, how can they fire us? We do all the work? The work we do isn’t hard, and that’s the point. They can get more people to do the work with less pay. Up North, the Unions have the power, or at least some of it. I haven’t joined a Union up here for personal and professional reasons. Mainly, I haven’t found the job that I want to stay at long enough to join a Union in. It isn’t because I disagree with what Unions do. I agree with most of it. I especially agree with the idea of workers causing the businesses to bend, to give in and raise pay, make working conditions better, make work not suck so bad. Of course, businesses hate Unions because Unions make businesses raise pay, spend money to make working conditions better, and make work not suck so bad.
What bothers me is how some people don’t understand why we even have Unions, and why the mess that is going on in Wisconsin is so important. Don’t get it twisted. If we allowed them, the people we work for would pay us the least amount possible and force us to do as much work as possible. Corporations like money. They don’t give a damn about the people that buy their products or the people who work to create products. With Wisconsin, the people work for the government, which is worse. The government is for us, the people. But the government of Wisconsin wants to make it harder for the people to negotiate benefit contracts and pay. It’s strange and sad, but not surprising. Peep this from John Nichols of The Nation:
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to strip public employees of most collective bargaining rights, cut pay and gut benefits without any negotiation represents the most radical assault yet by the current crop of Republican governors on the rights of workers has inspired outrage in a historically progressive and pro-labor state.
And this too:
First, the governor’s radical proposal went to such extremes in its anti-labor bias that it sparked a protest movement so large, so steady and so determined in its demands that it is now commonly compared with the protests that have rocked Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries.
This even triggered Counter Protests from Pro-Republican, Pro-something Tea Party members. Karl Marx talked about this, talked about people who were a part of the working class not knowing they were a part of the working class, defending their masters as if they were defending themselves. If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine. I’m used to it. But, the next time you’re at work, sitting at your desk or pushing a cart full of boxes or steaming milk for a latte, ask yourself: Does my job care about me? If you say yes, you’re one of the lucky ones.