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Union Labor History USX Gary Works, Steelworkers -- CBS News

More than our tradition of Steel-working has been Outsourced;

so has our tradition of in-depth News reporting,

so has our tradition of learning about the long history of Labor:

Labor History Part I

link to this clip and several other Labor History videos.

If you prefer a "list view" of Labor's long History in America,

and the list of Benefits, that UNIONS have gained for ALL Workers, over the years,

please see my post from a few days ago:

There are Reasons WHY we celebrate Labor in America
by jamess -- Feb 22, 2011

That last video was stark, eh?  We've come a long ways.

Speaking of "owing your existence to the 'company store'"  

(in those days, quite literally),

I pray we're NOT headed back to those "dark days" some day soon, as the Walmartization of America, continues to take hold.

-- Because afterall isn't that the ultimate goal of all this GOP-inspired Privatization?

of all their outsourcing,

of America's current race to the bottom, that Corporate legislators continue to promote, over Worker dignity, time and time again?

Hello, Johnny!

Johnny Cash -- Sixteen Tons

You load 16 tons and what do you get

another day older, and deeper in debt.

St Peter don't you call me, cuz I can't go --

I owe my soul ... to the company store.

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  •  don't it always seem to be you don't know what you (13+ / 0-)

    've got 'till it's gone...

    I think so many of us thought that our jobs were very secure.  And now there doesn't seem to be anything secure at all.  -- It was interesting to see this said in the Steelworkers video.  

    We need to revitalize the manufacturing and industrial sectures so we can work and fight this together.  It's encouraging that we seem to have a unity with private and public secure jobs that I've never seen before.  Now we could really use it to organize together.  

    Union busting???? That's disgusting!!!

    by invisiblewoman on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 08:26:25 PM PST

    •  the was a strange echo in that Clip (6+ / 0-)

      "22,000 Union workers on strike for over a month,
      and the Nation hardly notices ..."

      Yes indeed we need a strong manufacturer base, in this country.  I agreed invisiblewoman.

      There is more to National Security -- than getting

      "the Lowest Price, always".

      Henry Ford, used to say he wanted his workers to earn a decent enough wage,
      to be able to buy the cars, they built."

      Smart goal.  Smart entrepreneur.
      He built an industry that changed the world.
      some would say, that built the middle class.

      I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
      -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by jamess on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 08:33:23 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thank you... (9+ / 0-)

    I needed some Johnny Cash. Just got back from Madison. It's been a long day outside the capitol. I'm still inspired. Solidarity.

    Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain, or freed a human soul. — Mark Twain

    by Polly Syllabic on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 08:34:18 PM PST

  •  & then there was this version, (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OLinda, greenchiledem, jamess

    one of my favorites

    Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. The Gita 3.21

    by rasbobbo on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 09:47:24 PM PST

  •  Republicans started trying to roll back... (4+ / 0-)

    worker's rights in 1946 with Taft-Hartley, using race as a wedge issue in the 1950's and 1960's, "Right to Work" legislation, first in the South then spreading throughout the American West and Midwest in the 1970's and 1980's and Reagan leading the Union busting in the 1980's. Meanwhile from Nixon to the present the Republicans made a conscious effort to pack Federal, State and Local Courts with business friendly Judges hostile to Unions and progressive causes in general and blocking nominations of Federal Judges in the terms of Democratic Presidents.

    The exporting of basic industry started in the 1970's, steel, formed metal fabrication, simple tools, shipyards, textiles, shoes, plastics, tires and other "rubber" goods, furniture, leather goods, glass, machine tools, consumer electronics and toys. The exporting of American factories to other nations has now continued and expanded into, cars, trucks, "white goods-appliances", prefabricated construction components, computers and scientific instruments, medical appliances and prosthetics, precision optics, aircraft subassemblies and parts. America even exports movie, television and music production to "lower cost" environments...

    Piece work, once the bane of workers has returned, only now it's called "contract" or "temp" work. The "speed up", forcing product down the line at increasing rates of speed in industrial America, has been replaced with the "efficiency enhancements" of the 24/7 cell activated employee with a lap top, product scanner, or other remotely activated tracking and metering system driven by technology.

    With the advent of new technology, whole classes of work have been wiped out and not replaced. Typically, in the past, new technology meant new jobs building, selling, distributing, servicing and maintaining that technology, now only distribution, sales and service remain, the least value added portions of commerce.

    This is not all about Union busting, it's about crushing dissent and independent thought and action no matter how it's expressed. It's about creating a climate of job insecurity for working Americans in an increasingly authoritarian and monitored society. The reactionary agenda is about eliminating the rights to productive well paying work, free association, assembly and collective action and this must be fought and stopped.  

    "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

    by KJG52 on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 03:45:03 AM PST

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