Mon Feb 13, 2012, 03:32 PM
marmar (60,753 posts)
'The Injustice in This Society Is Overwhelming'
US union chief promises direct action
By Joseph Szczesny (AFP) – 2 days ago
FLINT, Michigan — Just as in the sit-down strike of the 1930s, the United Auto Workers is preparing to join other unions and activists in more non-violent protests against what UAW president Bob King described on Friday as a framework of right-wing policies that have hurt the middle class.
King told a crowd of more than 500 at the 75th anniversary of the union's first contract with General Motors that more direct action similar to the Flint sit-down strike of 1937 is needed today to challenge corporate power and prevailing economic wisdom that demands wage cuts for working Americans and smaller tax bills for the wealthy.
The union faces many of the same challenges it faced back in the 1930s, King said.
"The injustice we're seeing in this society is overwhelming," added King, who said he believed the time has come to use direct action just as in the 1930. ...................(more)
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Mon Feb 13, 2012, 04:15 PM
Lionessa (3,894 posts)
2. I was hoping that he was mentioning some specifics.
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This is a couple of days old and when I saw it first the other day, I thought, GREAT!, When and where, I'm on my way out of here, I'll head there and add my services, my voice, whatever I can,.... But no. Just more rhetoric, rhetoric I agree with, but get moving.
If this is so important, and I DO think it is, and if it's a decade late in happening essentially, then DO IT NOW! Quit talking about it. Quit waiting for the weather to make things more convenient or whatever that's about.
Either it needs done or it doesn't. Relax that sphinter and let it out! (ie poop or get off the pot) It needs done, start now! If you wait till spring and tPtB know you're going to do this, they'll just f' with the markets and jobs between now and then, and when you start up they'll blame you for slowing down a fully recovering (as opposed to the claimed anemic recovery we have now), and this will turn many against you, especially new hires who have been long-term unemployed....Then once you and the UAW are publicly disgraced, everyone will be laid off and things will go back to today's position or worse.
Sorry, I really don't understand giving your foe in this fight 2-3 months to set up his defenses, not when your the Sampson of the fight.
Ever since 2008, everything is "hopeful," but nothing except OWS actually happens; every other thing that was supposed to be from the left has fizzled or been entirely ignored or worse demonized and minimized.
Mr. King, sorry to coin a phrase of one of the corps that screws labor over, but JUST DO IT!