Skip to main content

Worldwide Command Center Needed

Why do the wage slaves of the world continue to stand still for the way corporations like WalMart treat their workers? When they pay “starvation wages,” work their employees part time to keep from paying benefits and now cutting part-time workers’ health coverage. This latest move affects 30,000 employees or about 5 percent of their workers. This follows on the decisions by Target, Home Depot and others to completely eliminate health benefits for part-time workers, which also pay “starvation wages.” These corporations could not stay in business without the work of the Have Nots, Have Littles and Have Nothing. As long as we shop at these businesses they have no reason to change their business practices of screwing over the lowly workers. Instead, they’re letting the public, the Have Littles and the Not Have Much foot the bill for the low-wage workers to receive food stamps and other government assistance that the workers wouldn’t need if they were paid a living wage. When we subsidize corporations, we are letting the billionaires off the hook and they pocket our money. There is only one winner, the oligarchies. If the workers cannot get representation from a union then we must elect people who will tax the rich at a fair rate to offset the corporate welfare. This is an election year in the U.S. This is our chance to voice our needs, such as $15 to $18 an hour minimum wage, free education to the bachelor level, single-payer healthcare, and the right to join or form a union. Most of these workers’ concerns are worldwide, and are not new. I think we have a better chance now that the workers worldwide see what each other are doing to improve their work lives and how we are to bring about the changes. If all the dots get connected one day the proletariats of the world will change things. Every worker needs to stay in touch worldwide: six of the seven continents: Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, and North and South Americas and all the island countries. Imagine a control center—a point where leaders can collect information on corrupt corporations and set up teams to work together with the logistic support, planning finance—it could be in any country. It could be set up like fire departments/services with incident command systems, which could call team members together in a short time and each member is trained for a particular job, like communication, public relations, finance, planning, logistics, intel, recruitment. It can be done and should be done. If Occupy can pull enough money together to pay off people’s medical bills and student loans, a way can be conceived to finance a command center. ADDENDUM: At the time I wrote this post I was unaware that someone else was thinking along the same lines as I. In the latest edition of the Militant is a short story of Maggie Trowe, called the Picket Line editor, writes On the Picket Line for the Militant. She is requesting people keep her informed on developments so the Militant can keep people informed and know the outcome of struggles. She can be reached at the Militant by e-mail:, by telephone: 212-244-4899, or by mail: 306 W. 37th St., 13th Floor, New York, NY 10018. This is the beginning of the formation of a command center.

Popular posts from this blog

Post Workists and What it Means

To change the abundance of labor in the world is to put more money in the pockets of the laborer to buy the products their fellow workers are making. Otherwise, when there are more products than money, there is slump in the economy. Austerity policies, low wages and automation (robots) were also of concern in the 1950s when Henry Ford II, CEO of Ford, took Walter Reuther, head of the United Auto Workers Union, on a tour of a new engine plant. Ford gestured to a fleet of new machines and said, “Walter, how are you going to get these robots to pay union dues?” The union leader turned to Ford and said, “Henry, how are you going to get robots to buy your cars?” This type of change in the labor has created a new type of working class that swings from task to task in order to make ends meet while enduring the loss of labor rights and bargaining rights. They are called “precariat” workers, a group of workers who live on the verge of collapse due to the instability of the nature of their job…

GOP To Pick-off Remainder of Unions

The last bastion of organize labor is now on the west and east coasts, like New York City, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Labor has mostly given up on the south and the middle of the U.S., is that because unions aren’t up to the fight? We have lost Detroit, Michigan and Wisconsin, which was the start of public unions. These GOP government control states, like govenors Synder and Pence have kicked our union butts. In California, labor has lost all of the rural counties, Orange and San Diego counties; and now San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles counties are our last strong holds. It would not take a lot to lose California. California has elected GOP governors before and with our new federal government now in place and with the Koch brothers, et al, and their money it could be done again. We, union workers, could lose it all. They have started on teachers’ union and they are still trying to break the postal workers union by forcing the pension funds to be funded 75 years ahead of pa…

Gig Economy

The Gig con, which sells people on a more flexible job without fixed hours. This sounds enticing to workers fed up with their 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. jobs. Also, to people without jobs, and to people who have part-time jobs, and need more money. Gig jobs fill in many needs, but the rub is that these jobs or most of these jobs don’t pay into Social Security or Social Disability Insurance so when someone hits retirement age there is nothing to fall back on. Most have been told that Social Security will not have money for them because Social Security will be broke. This is a lie and a con job on the workers. Social Security will be OK if the federal government will keep its hands off the money we paid into it. They think it is their piggy bank. Then what if you get sick or injured on the Gig job, there is no healthcare. We know that we are running out of jobs here and worldwide. This is why we need the universal basic income and unions for all. At this time, the federal government estimates…