[Marxism] Obama: worker friendly?
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Tue Apr 7 15:31:12 MDT 2009
>> He's screwing autoworkers, being tepid on EFCA while his party flees from
it (and the two things are connected), demonizing teachers' unions, and so
forth. As with foreign policy, he's presenting a more enlightened,
palatible-to-liberals continuation of past policy. I know I shoudn't be, but I am just fl
abbergasted that there are no serious stirrings coming from the labor
movement. What else will it take for labor to realize their dead end strategy of
harnessesing themselves to the Dems as a lobbying, election-funding appendage
that receives virtually nothing in return? If it can't even get a mild labor
law reform passed or put up some sort of defense for one of its historic
sectors, all during a time when the ruling class is more discredited than any time
since the 1920s... then? Hopefully this glaring deficiency will spark some
sort of break within and/or outside the labor movement like what happened
during the 1930s.<<
The auto workers are in the process of finding their political legs, with
the older generation of communists providing the sparks. Take Chrysler for
instance. The last period of mass hiring was during the 1993 - 1995 period. All
of the younger workers hired in this period has zero direct experience in
direct action, with few exceptions. Further the pace of destruction of the
workforces is off the scale. Since January 2008 Chrysler has been halved - from
roughly 43,000 to 20,000 and falling. GM is facing catastrophic dislocation.
The writings on the wall was given last May when the American Axle workers
took a 50% cut in wages. In real time Chrysler workers are being offered a
$75,000 buy out option with no medical and no benefits and press union officials
for answers and outlook.
The labor movement should not be confused with the meaning of the trade
union movement. Because the trade unions are organized their impact on labor is
enormous, but it is a mistake to not always maintain the conceptual
difference between the two. The labor movement is in the main outside the electoral
process and includes all those who must sell their labor for wages.
The trade union movement, organized labor, tied its wagon to the Obama
campaign - the UAW, and the reaction of President Obama to Chrysler; giving the
company 30 days to cement an agreement with Fiat, is not going to be lost on the
Chrysler workers, their families and neighbors. (Although the "hush hush"
word is that agreement was already reached tentatively before Obama's
There is talk about organizing demonstrations of auto workers in the nation
capital. None of the union leaders in the uppermost chambers of power oppose
this growing consensus. The problem is that these same leaders have been slow
to react to the deepening crisis, and those wanting to act, in the main do
not know their "a** hole from a hole in the ground." Labor Lieutenants of the
capitalist class is to mild of a term. Those who feel loyalty and
responsibility to the membership should go directly to the members and help organize the
The big hit is coming.
Workers at Rouge Steel, who stayed with this Ford plant after it were sold
have had their pensions reduced to 68% of what they received in January.
Bankruptcy means a minimum pension reduction to 68% (federal law) and below
depending on circumstances.
There is no light - only fight, at the end of the tunnel.
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