Sunday, August 11, 2013

Workers Use 13th Amendment of U.S. Constitution

The idea that workers had rights in their workplaces equal to or exceeded the rights of management motivated union activity during the 1930s. According to historian Sidney Fine, during the sit-down strike at Flint, Michigan, in 1937, the United Auto Workers contended that the strike was legal because the workers enjoyed a property right in his/her job; and in striking, was therefore protecting his private property—his/her right to a job. The property right of the workers in their job, it was alleged, was superior to the right of the company to use its property as it saw fit since the workers had invested their lives in the company/plant only invested their money. Remember, it is labor that creates wealth and jobs. Money can do nothing without humans and this is where the power and this is where the power is found. Just look at the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution known as the Glorious Labor Amendment, which gives workers the right to strike to improve wages, working conditions, but also affirmations of personal autonomy and dignity. So the low-wage workers do have the right to strike to get a living wage and whatever else they need to take care of themselves and their families. These workers should not settle for less than $15 to $16 an hour not $8 or $10 or even $12 an hour. They should hold out for the $15 to $16 an hour. The laws are on your side as is the public. Remember what Harry Truman said, “Republicans are for a minimum wage. The more minimum the better.”