Wednesday, August 10, 2011

NFL and NBA: It’s About Breaking the Union

This time we have a lot of millionaires versus billionaires and our millionaires are kicking ass. How? By the old union way having hundreds of athletes showing extraordinary solidarity. When a typical pro career last only 3.5 years, the pressure must be intense, but the NFL won.

Now the NBA owners are crying poverty, which is just a cover to break the union. The NBA owners have much in common with classic labor disputes including misrepresentation of owners losses and so-called worker excess. This struggle is really not about billionaires versus millionaires after all, but it is the billionaires versus everyone else, including fans.

This might be a time when the athletes of the NFL ad NBA start thinking about a good defense is a good offense and think about asking, ‘Why do the NFL or NBA even need owners for they could have fan-owned teams similar to the Superbowl Champion Green Bay Packers.’ The Packers have 112,000 owners and a large percentage of all proceeds go to local community charities. Remember the fans come to see the players in taxpayer stadiums. The one thing the players don’t need are owners.

Yes, solidarity does work so let’s everyone support the players in the NBA fight and wish them well for a win. A win for them is a win for all workers, and we need some solidarity for all.

Like the teams support their athletes, we need to support each other. Today, we attended a protest at the office of Congressman Wally Herger (R). About 70 people showed up from all walks of life and employment. What was disappointing was the lack of presence from our local unions. In order to beat back this attack on the unions and working class, regardless of union or not, we have to support each other and stand together. The blabbering idiots on the right, Rush and Beck, are already talking about us hitting the streets in protest like the Middle East or even the UK, and they may see what is known as a self-fulfilling prophecy if we can all get on the same page and support each other.

Educate and organize.