Thursday, December 22, 2005

NYC subway strike settled, what's next?

War has been declared on public employees
If you have not noticed, we public workers have been under constant attack and have been on the defensive for quite some time. The push to move more of the cost of retirement benefits from the agency to employees is just one shot of what has been a campaign of attack on public employee unions. As organized labor fights for its survival and battles to redefine itself in a flat global economy we are having to fight for rights and benefits we used to take for granted. We fought and won against proposition 75 this year, but what about next year? We public employees cannot sit on our laurels. We cannot afford apathy in our ranks. If we don't stand together we will fall apart. That is more than a slogan, it is a reality.

That is just the way it is for all of labor, organized and unorganized. Let us not forget, if it were not for a fairly paid workforce there would be no consumers driving our economy. Do we really want to live in a society where nobody can afford to retire and/or go to see a doctor when we are sick? Think about it. That is where we are headed.

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