10 December 2012

The "Right to Work for Less Money"

In this clip Obama is correct on the impetus behind "right to work" legislation. And he is correct about the importance of the right to organize. Then he sort of squanders all that toward the end with the 'let's all come together' to make things better. After all, if that were the recipe workers wouldn't need unions! The point of unions is to protect workers from the predations of capitalists out to maximize profit regardless of the costs to others. And, by the way, Paul Krugman hits the nail on the head today with his remarks here at The New York Times regarding the class conflict that underlies increasing inequality in the U.S. ...

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Blogger Unknown said...

i'm pretty late finding this post (followed a marxist link from your more recent 'resuscitating communism' post)...
i like Krugman's article you linked to, and I agree with your assessment of the basis for our need of unions. neither feels less pertinent a year and a half later.
I'm curious as to how these ideas intersect with the concerns of the non-union work force. low-wage workers in industries struggling and failing to save or raise enough money (have good enough credit) to move forward economically. Working for a small business at low wages feels as untenable as operating one with reasonable wages.

04 August, 2014 21:01  

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