Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Book excerpt


The powers of the unions are being tested in the country.  The situation in Madison, Wisconsin is quite troubling.   The legislature led by Republicans of course, have passed Governor Scott Walker’s proposed restrictions on collective bargaining for state employees.  The Democratic contingent refused to participate in the process and have made it clear by being absent, that they do not agree with the passing of this legislation.  This is a clear message that the rights of public employees are at stake.  If Republicans can get away with this in Wisconsin, then all of the other states that are in financial ruin are going to try and do the same. 

            Walker and GOP lawmakers are trying to close a $137 million budget shortfall their plan calls for curbs on public employee union bargaining rights, and requires public workers, with the exception of police and firefighters, to cover more of their retirement plans and health care premiums.  Also, employee raises would be capped at the rate of inflation and only the police officers would have the ability to negotiate raises in the near future.

            I just want to speak about some of the major factors that contribute to the attacks on labor unions that represent the public service workers such as teachers, police and firefighters.  Historically, these labor unions have always been major supporters of the Democratic Party.  These unions represent millions of voters who are the lifeblood and lifeline of the Democratic Party. The theory is simple:  if the Republican Party which represents the owner/capitalist class limits the powers of the labor unions; then the Democratic Party will be weakened substantially.  The essence of capitalism is to seek the use of labor on the cheap.  Public service workers cannot be ignored.  The labor unions of public service workers are very strong.  The political power that the labor unions have is very strong as well.  It is no coincidence that the Republicans and Tea Party members for that matter will try an all out attack to weaken them.  It is a useful goal to destroy the Democratic Party due to the fact that historically it is the party that represents the worker class in America. 

1 comment:

Allan Trimble said...

You have made some very good points. I agree, if the big powers can break the UNIONS, then this will be a third World Country. The current demonstration, while important will not get the job done. Big money, may make some conssessions, but they will not give up their rignt to control America.

I do believe that while the demonstrations let the governmnet understand that the pople are not happy with the situation, if they want to change how government works then they must take some real action. I propose two STATE REFERENDUMS one limiting corporations contributions to prospective legilators to 0, they can not contribute, and second the availabililty on every ballot to vote for none of the candidates. THis wouold clean up the government and give the people a chance to regain control of America.

I don't want to see a revolution in this country where the people take up armes aginst the government. We did that 230 years ago, and won, now it is time to make the changes we need in a peacefull way, at the ballot box.
Todney, is there some way we could work together to put these laws into effect?

Submitteed by Allan Trimble, Author of "TEACHING KID TO FAIL"