Friday, December 12, 2008

Forward March: The Army Of The Unemployed Workers

As of this morning, the Republican senators are blocking any loans to the auto industry to help keep them afloat, avoid putting another 3-5 million Americans out of work. The real reason they are blocking the money is because they want to force the U.S. auto companies into bankruptcy where the court will let them tear up their union contracts and switch to non-union labor. The motivating factor here for the Republicans is that they want to destroy the unions so all American working people will be unorganized, desperate, willing to work for pennies.

And next up is to eliminate minimum wage, no overtime pay, no 40-hour week, no medical or pension. I'll bet they'll get rid of worker's comp for injured workers, and get rid of unemployment compensation.

If you think it can't get much worse, think again.

Remember the bonus army? The WW I veterans who were promised a small amount as a bonus if they enlisted and went to fight that war. But then when they came back, the government didn't pay. So the veterans marched on Washington, created a tent city, demanded their rights.

Maybe we need an Unemployed Workers Army. I can't decide whether it should march on NYC or on DC. Come to think of it, there's enough unemployed to go to both places. Let's say in March. There will be lots more unemployed by then. Gather on Wall Street and at the Mall. Bring tents. Sit down, demand our rights.

As for the Republican Senators who are trying to bust the unions, I say this: we need to organize the foreign auto plants that are paying these Republicans such nice bribes for busting the U.S. workers' unions. Organize Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, and any other non-union auto shop in this country.

Now that I think of it, the millions of unemployed people can go to the non-union auto plants right now and start organizing. Picket. Sign up workers and sit down in the offices of the Republican politicians. Better than sitting home being depressed, waiting for the unemployment check. Let's get something going.

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