Have you seen the video where Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, expresses his strategy to destroy collective bargaining for public employees? Here it is:
The way to destroy unions is to eliminate collective bargaining, which will benefit corporations (who generally support only one side of the aisle). And, it only makes sense. If your interests are to make corporations more powerful and profitable, then paying workers less and reducing their opportunities to vote is a viable strategy.
Get active in your locals to campaign ahead of time. Don’t wait until after a bad election to get active. You might become Ohio or Wisconsin or Idaho.
The Tacoma teachers’ strike is over! 99% of the teachers voted “yes” on the contract agreement.
Check it out here.
Well, a school district has decided to strike. Sigh.
Right or wrong, legitimate concerns or not, I don’t foresee a groundswell of public sympathy. It could be ugly.
Looking at the chart I provided, it is easy to see the link between unionization and the prosperity of the middle class. However, contemporary society finds it in vogue to blame unions and to try and dismantle them.
The destruction of unions results in the lowering of hourly and salaried incomes, the reduction in employee rights and benefits, and the increase in the number of years needed to retire.
I freely admit that some unions are better than others, and I do not agree 100% with my own association; however, what organization acts in accordance with 100% of anyone’s views? Ultimately, unions are a net gain for workers.
Protect your fellow worker and you protect yourself.
I mentioned in a recent post how Teach for America doesn’t get it. Neither does Lynne Varner of The Seattle Times and the ST editorial board. (Ms. Finne speaks specifically to commenters in the comments section.)