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‘The Labor Tide Is Rising:’ New Union Militancy ‘Bypasses Parlor Politics In Favor Of Direct Action’ - In 2018 The Number Of Striking Workers Was The Highest Since 1986 & It’s Teachers ‘Who Are Leading The Fight’

It ‘Appears There Comes A Point’ When Folks ‘Have Just Had Enough Of Being Told Things Are Better When They Are Not, Or That The Roaring Stock Market Portends A Great Economy When It Has Absolutely Nothing To Do With Their Lives’

Published Tuesday, April 30, 2019
by Bob Hennelly/Salon
‘The Labor Tide Is Rising:’ New Union Militancy ‘Bypasses Parlor Politics In Favor Of Direct Action’ - In 2018 The Number Of Striking Workers Was The Highest Since 1986 & It’s Teachers ‘Who Are Leading The Fight’

Leading up to former Vice President Joe Biden getting into the 2020 Presidential Race, the corporate news logic was that only an old reliable hand like his could save the Democrats from what would be a "self-destructive" radical leftward lurch.

For the last few years, the corporate news media’s universe has been framed as a closed planetary system that has its nemesis Donald Trump as the solar center of all creation.

In this Great White Man Cosmology, like the free-floating head of Oz, every other being is defined by their alignment with him.

Polls are anchored in only the terrain of his gaze as the pundits make their narrative all about Trump and now with the inflation of their Biden balloon, they have the race they want - and it’s the race they need to keep the status quo: Two white guys in their 70s arguing over Charlottesville in the rearview mirror.

Unfortunately, this reduces the American People to passive voyeurs of their own history.

It also ignores that they themselves are already out making history in the form of rising Multi-Racial Labor Militancy that’s delivering change people can take to the bank.

These stories about Workers organizing and winning are told, if they are told at all, in isolation (Unless you are reading Labor News Reports published by Labor News Media, such as - because the one thing the corporate news media that serves Wall Street does not want is for this to catch on.

Better to have you in a focus group than focused on taking charge of your own destiny by Striking for better wages, like the 30,000 Unionized Stop & Shop Workers in New England who just won higher wages and better health care.

Members of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) at more than 240 Stop & Shops across the States of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, went out for 11 days against Dutch Grocery Giant Ahold Delbaize and cost the multi-national $10 million a day in operating profits.

This is not a one-off, but part of a rising Labor Tsunami that’s inspired a diverse list of Workers - including TeachersNursesCollege AdjunctsReportersFactory Workers, Uber/Lyft Drivers, Cafeteria Workers in Silicon Valley, even prison Inmates - to put something at risk to organize and, if needed, Strike.

Since the 70s, Workers have dealt with wage deflation and stagnation even as their productivity skyrocketed, as owners hogged the profits.

At the same time, both political parties did the bidding of their donors, enacting a tax policy that enabled obscene wealth concentration and income inequality.

As a result, tens of millions of Working Class Families struggle week-to-week to make ends meet in a country that taxes their labor at a higher rate than it does the investment income of the idle rich.

That should be grounds for an overthrow of the major party duopoly right there.

The decline in our collective economic circumstance came as corporations increased their dominion over our politics, and went to war to destroy the American Labor Movement.

Their tactics evolved - from the blunt force trauma of strikebreakers and private security forces that got bad press, into the less messy route of lobbying and litigatingwhich left fewer fingerprints.

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