Wednesday, September 9, 2015
What's to Come of Labor Day?
This Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2015, labor is coming back in many ways and it is scaring the anti-union people who then start anti-union rhetoric saying things like labor unions are dying, but this is not true. In fact, my Waste Management company in Shasta County just joined a union. The home healthcare workers are making head way on overtime and wages. The $15 to $18 an hour minimum wage fights are making headway every day in city after city across the nation. We now have President Obama signing executive orders for government contract workers to get paid sick leave that includes family. Then there’s the fight to pay interns who are currently not being paid for the work they do, which makes them company slaves. Interns are beginning to understand that they are being taken advantage of by companies making money off the backs of unpaid workers. Then there is the fight for benefits and full-time work for adjunct professors at colleges who are again being taken advantage of; but the fight for restaurant and fast food workers are getting stronger each day. Now, the Americans and worldwide workers now have someone to blame for the good and the sad state of affairs and it is themselves. We elected politicians of both parties who measure the value of the toilers not by the content of their character, but by how much money they have. These politicians will not do what is right for the common worker. In fact, they are and will always be on the other side of the inequality of lifestyle and wages fight and to think otherwise is just an allusion. We, here in the U.S., have a one in 60 year chance to change all for the good of the Have Littles and the chance has a name and a passionate following, which is growing larger each day and we, toilers, have the power to elect him for president. Bernie Sanders, whose message has been the same or as close to the same for his entire elected career, owes no one and is only beholden to those who elected him—the wage slaves of Vermont. He can take on Wall Street and the 400 billionaires who control the elections and 22 state governors. Bernie and we can and have to change the way the 1 percent control the Congress, media and even National Public Radio (NPR). Bernie is our last hope for single payer healthcare, keeping Social Security intact, unions viable, free education, and minimum wage increase to $15. We, the people, have chosen poorly for three decades. We all suffer for it even the rich, who would be even better off if we had widespread prosperity. Support and vote for Bernie for a better country and world, he’s our best hope.