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Here is an article I read about the end of the Stella D’Oro strike.
The author believes that the strikers didn’t go far enough with their strike, and that they should have occupied the factory. I made the same suggestion in another post, albeit from a highly theoretical perspective. The author suggests a recent example of a factory occupation that occurred last December. It was carried out by workers in Chicago for Republic Windows and Doors.
The factory was going to shut down but the workers prevented it from happening and got a settlement out of it in 6 days
Dude, Ron Paul, neoconfederates (devolution etc), anti-immigration, free market folks, militia folk, white-nationalists, patriot movements, haters of “cadillac welfare queens”, Mises-Hayek crowd, “socialism”-hating republicans (from folks of circles of Graham, Gingrish, to Bush, to Palin etc), Alex Jones nutters and all other sorts of authoritarian right-wing folks (that can appear to be left-ish for unitiated at first) all make sense in one tiny package (even more when Obama sat at the throne – check out how Alex Jones, for instance, started pandering to the fringe extremist right, with dog-whistles and banners with the old red man pointing gun at blue man while “socialism” is written under).
Check out for instance http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/ (search on google inside this site for Ron Paul etc. It’s quite an analysis).
Tyler, this sort of thing happens all the time. One of the main reasons for this is that unions are not radical enough, despite what the union bashing shrills on the Right like to scream about. The unions in the US are a shadowy husk of what they once were, and I think that is partially due to the fact that unions (in general) are fully implicated into the system they were originally designed to combat.
I could litter this blog w/pages upon pages of how teacher/academic unions completely drop the ball when it comes to going all out in their tactics.
Now, that’s not to say they’re useless or don’t do anything or that we shouldn’t join them … rather we NEED to, if for no other reason than to reinject them w/the radical impetus that used to be their lifeblood.
Anyhoo … while our workers passively skulk back to work after “winning” only to ultimately end up at the unemployment office for their hand-outs (i.e.: don’t get pissed at the system money), workers in France kidnap bosses and get ready to blow shit up.
North of the border, a strike just started at a few INCO mines in Sudbury Ontario, now owned by a Brazilian company. This article talks a little about it, but fails to mention the 400 layoffs that have occured, and forced retirements, and the fear that more layoffs will follow. There are also rumours (just rumours maybe) of Vale training Brazilians to take over the jobs. It seems some shady deals between our Conservative government and the mining company may be involved as well.
Hard to find much info on it though, but its my hometown and it will likely affect friends and family.
Actually this site is run by the Steelworkers Union of Canada and may provide another perspective on the issue.
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