Tomorrow, I’m basically being forced, by our state unemployment office, to apply for a job that usually runs 12-hour shifts, and often forces their workers to work more than 40 hours a week. That’s not so bad if you’re young. Many of the younger folks want and NEED the extra hours. However, it’s not so great if you’re like me—severely overweight and approaching 60 years old. Even eight hours of standing on concrete is too much for me to handle these days. My weight is my own fault; my age is something that I have no control over. If I don’t apply, I could lose my disgustingly inadequate unemployment benefits.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked all my life and wish to continue working, but I feel that I should have the right to decline at least SOME jobs that I know will further wreck my health. Unemployment is an INSURANCE that I and my employers have paid into, but the government acts like it’s some sort of welfare. Now, this is in a state that doesn’t have any “right-to-work” laws, and where unions still have at least a tiny bit of influence. IMAGINE what things would be like if such laws would pass in a state like this!
Proponents of such legislation like to point to the fact that states that have right-to-work have a lower rate of unemployment. I have to wonder if those same states might not have lower unemployment anyway. Plus, I’m curious just how many of those jobs are like the one that I’m being forced to apply for—low pay and forced long hours.
A lot of folks feel that it’s alright to let workers work in union shops without being union members. At one time, I may have felt likewise, since I was once rather anti-union. However, having been in a union for twelve years, when I worked at the factory, I’ve learned a few things along the way. The first is that any company that HAS a union, probably DESERVED a union, or they wouldn’t have gotten one. Union organizers have little luck with employees who think they are payed decently and treated well. Corrupt unions (and let’s face it, they’re ALL corrupt) are only made necessary by corrupt companies.
Not everyone realizes, either, that right-to-work laws always force the union to represent the non-union workers, the same as if they were dues-paying members. No moral person, and certainly no Christian, can honestly think that is a proper situation, since the non-member gives neither moral nor financial support to the union, and would work as a scab if there was a strike. In fact, I believe that such laws could very easily lead to violence in the workplace.
Hundreds of men, women AND EVEN CHILDREN have literally DIED to bring us eight hour days and 40 hour weeks. They were murdered by government troops, company goons and armed guards. We are gradually giving those things up in the name of job security. If you want to know more about the cost paid by our forefathers for decent workplaces, read the book “When Miners Marched.”
Also, the politicians and big corporations of this country have encouraged illegal immigration into this country for the very same reason that the large California farmers of John Steinbeck’s era deliberately encouraged Okies to move to California for non-existent jobs—TO DRIVE DOWN WAGES! If you support “right-to-work” legislation, you’re helping the millionaire class to further destroy the ability of the working class to support their families.
Slavery is slowly returning to this continent the way it is; it doesn’t need YOUR help! Please speak out AGIANST “right-to-work” legislation. © 2013-