What Occupy taught the unions – Occupy Wall Street – Salon.com
Unions are in a death spiral. Private sector unionism has all but vanished, accounting for a measly 6.9 percent of the workforce. Public sector workers are being hammered by government cutbacks and hostile media that blame teachers, nurses and firefighters for budget crises. To counter this trend organized labor banked on creating more hospitable organizing conditions by contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the Democratic Party the last two election cycles. In return Obama abandoned the Employee Free Choice Act, which would have made union campaigns marginally easier, failed to push for an increase in the minimum wage, and installed an education secretary who attacks teachers and public education.
You support the Democratic Party. You organize. You get your friends to vote. And then after speaking many fine words most eloquently, they forget you. They ignore you. They insult you.
Those are the friends of the 99%? Those are the friends of the Middle Class? These are the people you can depend on to defend public school, control bank fees and rein in the disastrous casino capitalism that has wrought havoc on the world’s economy?
The current belief of Progressives and Liberals is to vote for the lesser of two evils. May I point out that the lesser of two evils is still evil and you are making a deal with the devil, a devil who delights in betraying your interests.
Consider your options.
- Is there Hope for the 99%, Can Individuals Still Make a Difference in a Nation Dominated by the 1%? (pilantsbusinessethics.com)
- Super Bowl protests over Indiana’s brand new right to work law? (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- Don’t ‘Occupy the Democratic Party’ — Four Lessons From the Populist Movement (alternet.org)
- Jennie Chancey on voting for the lesser of two evils (reassuringquotes.wordpress.com)
- “Can the Labor Movement and Occupy Wall Street March down the Same Road?” (talkingunion.wordpress.com)