The laboring classes constitute the main part of our population. They should be protected in their efforts peaceably to assert their rights when endangered by aggregated capital, and all statutes on this subject should recognize the care of the State for honest toil, and be framed with a view of improving the condition of the workingman.
Been trying to read up on some stuff involving EFCA, the employee free choice act, AKA Card check. It’s been a fair bit difficult, in large part because most of the google searches that I do trying to find news, actual information on EFCA are in fact, anti-labor, anti-union sites that on their face look like they are pro-union, but only just enough to lure you in, while being in fact very anti-union.
What I found out about the bill is that things are stalled but not done. Which is better than nothing, but there are people who are getting a bit upset over the lack of speed in getting this bill passed. Understandable, but, in large part, its taking so long because there are several important members of the senate who are not yet on board with this bill, most notably Senators Claire McCaskill, Bob Carper, Bill Nelson, Arlen Specter, and Blanche Lincoln. There are I believe one or two more. The names escape me at the moment.
If there are any people out there who want efca passed, you need to talk to these senators. Without the support of these senators for the bill, it will not pass, because the republicans will ask for a cloture vote, because they are assholes like that, and the dems will come up short and that will effectively kill the bill for this session of congress. Without pressure on the Senate in general, and these senators in particular, EFCA goes nowhere.
The people who want this law stopped, like the websites I mentioned (in passing) above are the same people who want to crush all labor and all unions, the Grover Norquists of the world, who want the people who do the work to keep businesses afloat made inferior, VASTLY inferior in relation to their current position in the workplace, weak as that is, and would see the labor laws in this country reduced to where they were over 100 years ago. They believe an easier way of making any workplace potentially a union workplace, where the people who do the work that makes a company run have better wages, health care and safety standards is a horrible thing, a crime, and they want it stopped. They, the Walmarts and Home Depots, want the right to keep wages low, to keep health insurance at a minimum, and to keep your rights as employees as weak as possible. They want no accountability, and they want all the control, and that was, is, and always will be, wrong.
America needs EFCA to start moving through congress. Whether America can actually get it or not, get it past the vested interests that control much of this nation, is another story entirely.
The workers of the nation were tired of waiting for corporate industry to right their economic wrongs, to alleviate their social agony and to grant them their political rights. Despairing of fair treatment, they resolved to do something for themselves.
John L. Lewis
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Viddy of the day: A change of pace. Music. Another of those album cover song viddies today. This time a song I haven’t heard in AGES. I actually have this CD but i can’t listen to this song because it is fairly badly beaten up. Alice in Chains from the Album “Dirt”. Song: Rain When I Die
Pic and quote of the day: Where Plenty smiles – alas! she smiles for few,
And those who taste not, yet behold her store,
Are as the slaves that dig the golden ore,
The wealth around them makes them doubly poor.
George Crabbe, The Village (1783)