posted on Jul, 25 2005 @ 09:08 PM
I'm pro-union, and I think this is a fantastic thing that's happening. 92% of Americans are without Union protection. The states with the lowest
union representation went red in the last election. The states with the highest percent of union representation voted blue. Hoffa Jr. wants to renew
the union's focus on recruitment and retention. A more focused and driven drive to expand and grow.
I especially think this is fantastic during the run up to the 06 and 08 elections. It allows Democrats to shift the focus of their message away from
hot button cultural issues that splits their own demographics (Gay marriage) and drives away potential voters (Religious moderates).
Instead, Democrats can concentrate their focus on issues in which they win. The Economy, Social Security, and the working class. This renewed interest
in the nation's stuttering unions, and their apparent drive to recruit more members is simply the message to reach out to the moderate middle.
Something that Hillary has been planning for.
Now it means that they're going to target voters who've traditionally voted against their best economic interests, in lue of voting for moral issues
(like men kissing men while they get married, and whether the flag should be burned while they remove the ten commandments from our courthouses.)
Certainly, it's spooky in the short term, and they certainly run the risk of splitting up their power base. However, I see two things occuring in the
next two years.
1) Wal Mart becomes a target. Unlike manufacturing jobs, Wal mart can't just pull stakes and move to Mexico. I can actually see a mass, nationwide
movement on several different fronts to unionize the entire Wal Mart work force - and force the corporation to provide health care.
Some might say that Wal Mart employees wouldn't go for it, but it's win/win for them either way. Either they unionize and garner more benefits, or
Wal Mart ponies up more benefits on their own. However, I don't for a minute buy the arguement that Wal Mart employees will routinely dismiss the
notion of unionizing - just so the corporation can make 10 billion in profits, rather than 8 Billion.
2) The Unions push for the unionization of illegal immigrants now working menial labor picking fruit, mowing lawns, etc, etc. It would make sense that
if NAFTA opened the doors for North American trade agreements - the moving of jobs, then they would also be forced to unionize foriegn citizens.
This makes me most happy, because eventually (And this is probably a lot further down the road) it forces corporations to pay a standardize living
wage, regardless if that employee is in Colorado, Mexico, or Central America.
Regardless, rather than ringing the death nell for collective bargaining and our nation's unions, this decision marks for me, at least, a
reinvigorated movement against globalization, against big corporations, and against union busting. This will eventually betters our nation's workers
through recruitment and politics together.
In conclusion, this is the beginning of a concerted effort to regain what the moderate middle class has lost over the last twenty years. We've
shifted away from a manufacturing based economy towards a consumeristic based economy. I'm a capitalist, but there needs to be a middle class for
capitalism to thrive, and right now it's shrinking, as the gulft between rich and poor grows.
Poor people don't buy stuff.
Furthermore, It never ceases to amaze me how insipid Americans can sometimes be, especially about protecting themselves. The corporate world is not
our friend. They're not loyal to us, they're only loyal to their own bottom line profits. And, for the betterment of America, Americans, and the
future generations of our children, a positive counterbalance to our own conglomerates is needed.
Anti-Union = Anti-middle class.
P.S. What brought down General Motors is monolithic thinking and crappy ass cars. While the Japanese spent billions in the 80's on innovation,
Detroit continued to develop the gaz guzzlers. It was only a decade later that their investment actually paid off, and now, Japanese cars are well
known for running forever. People simply believe that Toyota makes a better car now than Chrysler. But, who'd fault is that? They guy in the plant,
or the guy designing the cars?