Unions A Must For Middle Class
CNN PRODUCER NOTE EWillies1961 is a self-employed software developer in Kingwood, Texas. He says all employees not considered management -- including engineers, garbage collectors, lawyers, and doctors -- should organize in unions. "We have two ways of making money in this country. One is capital, which is profit from somebody else's labor or product. The other is from the labor and product you provide. Currently the folks that sit on their butts moving money and manipulating capital get the lion's share of America's wealth and income. The worker get the crumbs they deem ok to let fall to the ground.' Go here to learn more about Morgan Spurlock's Inside Man show.
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
CNN Inside Man Morgan Spurlock presented one of the most objective and unbiased reports I have seen to date on unions. The report correctly state that the American middle class prospered with the advent of the union. Conversely the American middle class has been in decline, tracking the decline of unionized workers.
Sadly, many Americans are so indoctrinated that they have allowed the Plutocracy to change the narrative. Business have taken bad deeds by a few union leaders and extrapolated it to the movement proper.
In the CNN piece, an old man and his wife actually bought into the notion that if WalMart employees want benefits and better wages they should go elsewhere. He wants cheap prices. Is asking him to pay forty six cents more per visit for a humane cause too much? Instead we subsidize WalMart and other companies that pay poor wages by providing their employees with food stamps and healthcare paid for by all taxpayers.
Because the titans of capitalism are solely interested in the maximization of profits on capital, non-union workers simply become a commodity that is continually pilfered for labor as their marginal pay decreases for profit maximization for shareholders and company executives.
The above dynamic can only change if all workers are unionized nationally to demand their share of the economy. Capital cannot earn profits without labor. As such those managing capital cannot exist or profit without the American worker. Those that manage capital provide neither service or product. The worker does that. The American worker must leverage their power to take their share of the economy. It is not a gift or giveaway. Without the worker there is no capital.