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  •  I'd think it difficult for many to relate (7+ / 1-)

    most Kosacks if they met someone from the drill floor of the Deepwater Horizon would call them rednecks. And call them unintelligent and make jokes about them. I read it all the time.

    I was looking at the usage stats for this web site this evening. Very wealthy, very white, very educated. Kind of how the power in this country is. No one cares about workers. Oh I know, they care about the "right kind" of workers, like if you are unionized, but almost no one belongs to a union. Unions now are orgs of professionals. Not grain silo workers, not roughnecks tripping pipe in the gulf. It's ok if we are pitiable, otherwise not so much.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 06:45:37 PM PDT

    •  Ironically, we're all becoming abused workers. (5+ / 0-)

      I'm a physician, and I see it more every day. My colleagues, especially the wealthy sub-specialists, consider themselves 'professionals', somehow above the need to scramble for rights and fair treatment. They regard unions as anachronisms irrelevant to their lofty existence.

      Funny thing, though. Health care is in the midst of a brutal round of consolidation and 'corporatization' as giant hospital systems integrate to form 'accountable care organizations'. In our area, the 800 lb. gorilla hospital system is demanding that every physician sign on to their network, paying thousands of dollars out of pocket for the privilege of belonging to an organization whose direction will be controlled by an unaccountable elite. See, we have to pay in thousands to assure that we are exposed to financial risk, so it's not an anti-trust violation. Or something. But as physicians we can't organize or unionize to represent our interests against the corporate goliath, because that would be anti-competitive.

      Sit down and shut up. Put the chains on your left wrist and start rowing.

      Pretty soon I suspect my radiology and thoracic surgery colleagues will start to see they have a few things in common with their lawn care guys and electricians after all. But it'll be too late.

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