It’s been a long-time coming, but this week may see the rebirth of the union movement in this country, coming as it will from the fast-food industry & Walmart. There are now currently 58 cities where fast-food workers are on strike. Walmart saw the first such union movement for better living wages earlier this summer and that continues. Word is that September 5 will kick off a national effort to bring the collective bargaining power of low-wage workers in this nation to the forefront in the news cycle. Let’s hold our collective breaths. Unions are what made the middle class and hopefully the renewal of the union movement can shore up an all too obvious devastated middle class.
The GI-Bill and the union movement really made this country’s middle class and any claims to the contrary are pure bunk. The computer age, in effect, has “atomized” us as a society to such an extent that contemplating collaborative efforts, i.e. unions, was pushed to the far reaches or given very short shrift. Well, guess what, we are still a human collective with all of the same human impulses that has worked its will down through the ages. The recent nascent unionizing efforts will – hopefully – jump-start this nation into better (more humane) times ahead where individuals will reclaim their real freedom – economic rights and self-determination.