Forty to?

The time has passed

Long passed has the time been when Americans got angry. At least angry over something that actually matters, not whether homosexuals should marry (of course they should), or whether women should be able to get abortions (of course they should), but whether or not you should have a say in what the work you do is worth.

Currently citizens in Wisconsin are fighting their own recently elected GOP Governor who, among other things, is trying to severely limit a workers ability to negotiate just that. He’s not trying to get rid of the ability to negotiate, but he might as well. Because what he wants to do is cap the limit they can negotiate up to. That cap would be the Consumer Price Index, which most analysts have said would give workers hardly any room to bargain with.

What people need to realize, and Unions do a fairly good job of doing this already, is that the work you do, the service you provide your employer is just as much a commodity as whatever service your employer provides. If you work on an assembly line putting together air conditioners, the work you put into that air conditioner is every bit as important as the finished product. All too often in today’s corporate world that solitary, yet profound idea is either forgotten, or ignored. You aren’t just a replaceable hunk of flesh that an employer should see as a utility. You’re a valuable commodity, every bit as valuable as the good or service that your employer provides.

However American as a whole either have forgotten, if you’re old enough to have been educated on such concepts, or aren’t aware if  you’re young enough to be ignorant of such concepts. It’s that lack of memory, or ignorance which has lead Americans to the path of the indifference when it comes to workers rights.

That’s why when I heard about the 30,000 person strong turn out in Wisconsin I cracked a smile from ear to ear. Finally it clicked with someone, sort of. While they’re mostly there to support the Union effort, I have heard some interviews with people who are saying that they’re there to ensure that workers rights are upheld.

In the end I feel Wisconsin is going to be a lightening rod for an upcoming labor movement here in the US, a movement that I personally feel is long overdue.


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