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Is There a Global Future for Unions?

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/12/there-global-future-unions

Liberals and progressives support unions. Conservatives bust unions.

But many tough workers vote conservative, against their own interests. They’ve bought into the ruling class con that liberals and progressives are wimps although libs put their lives on the line for workers.

Supposedly macho conservatives live in fear. They are the sissies and chickenhawks that send your children off to be gangsters for capitalism. That give your hard earned tax revenues to the war machine and steal from you.

To overcome such propaganda, unions must overcome this contrived image of libs and progressives and show that conservatives are the wimps with heel spurs.

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The only viable response to the power of transnational corporations is transnational organized labor.

“One big union.”
—Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, or Wobblies) slogan

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" We have to bring everyone together? "

The membership is the Union…not the elected representatives. So why is the membership NOT acting and voting in their best interests?

After watching the NFB of Canada documentary entitled," Manufacturing Consent" in 1996 I realized how institutionalized propaganda works and…to who’s benefit. After some research I realized that Canada had a serious problem with the concentration of corporate ownership of the press. The 1970 Davey Commission, the 1981 Kent Commission, the 1987 book by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky, entitled," Manufacturing Consent", John Millers 1999 book," Yestedays News - Why Canada’s Daily Newspapers Are Failing Us" https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/yesterdays-news and Dwayne Winsecks web site focusing on this problem. http://www.cmcrp.org/ and https://dwmw.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/shattered-mirror-stunted-vision-and-a-squandered-opportunities/#comment-17667
Leo…Canadian workers don’t understand how propaganda works or even what it is. THAT…should be the responsibility of today’s Unions, Associations and Federations…The members should be educating themselves on this and discussing amongst themselves what to do about it. https://monthlyreview.org/product/why_unions_matter/

Mr. Blair M. Phillips
St. Catharines
Retired Autoworker

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“Then we would file grievances against the company. We could not win because the contract language was weak at that point, but we took it through all the stages of grieving, and it cost Inco money. That made the bosses furious.”

Grieving: the unified process of addressing the death of illusions, the burial of abuses and making the abusers accountable in legally binding contractual agreements. Failure to recognize a universalized understanding of justice means that the powerful take your life hostage in a sadistic manipulation of everything at their disposal.

This sort of standard understanding of justice under capitalism is perhaps why we are seeing the Stockholm syndrome among the disenfranchised; a psychological dissociation among those who likewise see their imagination, efforts and aspirations thwarted by hyper-aggression over all aspects of life by a mortally broken system AND why woke communities quietly rally to meet the needs and counter the consequences and begin to build alliances.