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Call it the "Right to Mooch" Law?
Nope, can't agree.

I cannot think of anything that would make the right wingers happier than working people at each others throats. And if we go around calling our fellow workers "moochers" then the shop floor will be further divided and the RW wins.

Furthermore, calling our fellow workers names will never win them over to the union side,which, of course is the goal of organizing. And we should always be organzing.

The real moochers are the Corporation sucking the life out all of us, union and non-union, dues paying and non-dues paying alike.

This might be clever framing from a debating point of view, but it is terrible framing from a solidarity point of view.

Unions are more than businesses that produce a product, ie: a contract. Unions are also fellowships. We will not strengthen the fellowship by calling our non-dues paying fellow workers angry names.

We will have to make the fellowship something that they want to be part of. Outside the shop as well as inside the shop. We will need to be creative with new ideas, but also look to our history. Unions hung together, fot together and died together long before dues were deducted from pay checks.

A non-dues paying fellow worker is not a scab. A scab is someone who is crossing a picket line during a strike. It is alright to call them a scab for the duration of the strike. When the strike is over, then it's time to forgive and call them fellow worker again, and keep trying to bring them into the fold.

What we need more than ever right now is Solidarity. Thinking up clever names to call our fellow workers will never build Solidarity.

What the boss wants from "right to work" laws is for us to work more for less of everything: less money, less dignity, less family time, less health care, less pension and less safety. Our lives mean little to them as they mooch off our labor.

That's why I will continue to call it the "right to work for less" law. Because that tells the truth about what the ruling class wants out of these laws: more for them & less for us. And because that framing does not set worker against worker, which is also something the boss would loves to see.

Working people are in a tough fight right now. Let's find a way to stand together.

It is the Solidarity of labor that we want.
                                    -Mother Jones

Originally posted to In Support of Labor and Unions on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 04:18 PM PST.

Also republished by Anti-Capitalist Chat.

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