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A Call to Arms

Dear Union Members,

It is serious, it is critical, and it is time.  We must come together like our forefathers.  We must stand united as our way of life is under attack.  It doesn’t matter why we are here or who is in charge or what you think regarding are recent past.  It doesn’t matter if you are comfortable or if you are struggling.  Whether your grievance met your desires or what you think of your committeeperson.  It doesn’t matter if you are a worker in a factory, a tradesperson working on a jobsite, an educator, a truck driver, or a nurse.  It is serious, it is critical and it is time.

We must stand together and send a clear message to politicians, to our friends and neighbors and even to business leaders that life without Unions is not the choice they want to make and yes we need their help.  I would suggest that all Union members in the state of Michigan take a RED DAY.  Why RED?  Red because our history is filled with red: Red from our forefather’s blood that was spilled in the streets to secure our rights to bargain collectively.  Red also for the loss of our membership as we have come under this attack in the recent years by those whose personal greed outweighs the needs of so many.  Red to send a message of solidarity to those who would stand against us and hope to take away our gains and the coattail gains of so many others.

Again I say it is serious, it is critical and it is time, time for solidarity to be our driving force.  Not logo’s or organizations or accolades, this is not about one group or one organization or one person.  Indeed this is about people, yes it is about Union members but more importantly it is about all people who have no one willing to fight for them.  Without Collective Bargaining and Unions where would our country be, what would your wage be, how much vacation would you have, how many paid holidays, how much retirement, or health care?  Yes it is serious and it is critical and it is time for true SOLIDARITY!!!

The real question is are you ready for the time; do you know how serious and critical your actions will be?  Many generations have answered the call to protect our country and protect their family and friends through a call to arms or action.  Many have called for action before and have been told to live to fight another day.  My friend today is that day!!!  The question is are you ready for the call?

This call is from a Union Member.

6:32 AM PT: Maybe, we should follow what Woody Guthrie wrote so long ago as sung by Billy Bragg & Friends--

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  •  It amazes me how many people who have lived... (4+ / 0-)
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    Sylv, FiredUpInCA, boadicea, Alma

    ...all of their lives in a Collective Bargaining atmosphere are willing to believe that dis-empowering Labor will make their lives better.

    Perhaps because I spent 10 years as a dues-paying Steelworker in Right-to-Work-for-Less Virginia, I appreciate better than many just what is in store.

    This is going to be uglier than most of my fellow Michiganders assume its going to be. No less than 20% of current members will "give themselves a raise" by resigning from the Union they belong to before the end of 2013 - just because they can.

    Lower Union operating budgets will lead to fewer Union services: first the negotiated commercial benefits will go away simply because there will be no staff to make or maintain those deals. Then ratios of staff to members will increase, and the death spiral will accelerate. There will be a move to replace full time staff with part-time members who work agreed upon "release time." Some will succeed, but enough will be so challenged that otherwise routine grievances and "between contract adjustments" (sometimes known as "variances") will be done far less satisfactory.

    This is back against the wall time. I think a new union paradigm will emerge, but it will take no less than a decade for consensus to build around what it should be, and the forces opposing collective labor activity will not relent in the interim.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 07:01:22 AM PST

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