Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pete Seeger Sings Solidarity Forever

Pete Seeger Sings Which Side Are You ON

The following is from Truthout:

Unionize Everybody!

Whose Side Are You On?

So my question, which should be painfully obvious, is why are we vilifying union members for successfully defending a right we should all enjoy? Rather than adopting the feudalist argument that none of us should have healthcare, why not insist that we all have healthcare? Why don’t we all fight to have the same healthcare as Teamsters have? The same can be said for all other rights that unions have successfully defended. Shouldn’t we all have the right to some modicum of job security—perhaps a mandate that we be fired for a reason, as union contracts often provide, rather than be fired on a political or ageist whim? Shouldn’t we all have a right to be protected as whistleblowers when we see our bosses acting immorally or illegally? Shouldn’t we all have a right to contribute to a guaranteed pension system that won’t be looted by our employers? Shouldn’t we all have the right to work in a safe environment? Shouldn’t we all have the ability to negotiate a living wage? Is this really a radical notion?

I can go on and on here, but my point is simple. Why side with our oppressors as they try to expand their reach and oppress everyone? Why not side with those who are standing up and fighting back. Toward that end, instead of fighting against unions, why not fight to have one of your own? Why not fight to unionize everybody? And like all revolutions, it doesn’t stop there. Unionize everybody! And fight to keep our unions from being corrupted.

1 comment:

mythopolis said...

It's a long hard climb. My grandfather worked the mines and was paid in scrip, a pseudo-currency which had little value except at the coal company stores. Basically, one's back-breaking labor day after day yielded a handful of scrip which was then handed back to the company in the stores where one went to buy food and necessities, and so on and so on until you died of black lung.