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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Sunday, May 19, 2024


Union-Busting 101



When the bailout money started flowing to AIG, Wall Street, and other major financial institutions not one single Republican senator or congressmen rushed to place themselves in front of a network news camera to demand the white collar workers – or even top management – be forced to take a pay cut. Not one single time did that happen.

Now with the automotive bailout being discussed, legions of Republicans are posing for the cameras to demand the auto workers take a pay cut.  Not one single time have these Republicans suggested the automotive white collar workers – or top management – take a pay cut. Not once, not one single time has that happened.

Nope, just the factory workers need to have their pay reduced, even though their pay is virtually comparable to what the non-union auto workers are earning at foreign automotive factories in the southern states.

Republicans have fought against unions since their creation. They fought against child labor laws. They fought against collective bargaining. They fought against workplace safety standards. They’ve fought against the middle class.

And they’re doing it again.

The author lives in Tulsa, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer

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  1. The higher ups at the automakers have already taken pay cuts. The ceo for gm will make only $1.00 next year. I am a union member and I do think GM should be bailed out but I just can’t stand the lies being spread by both sides. Grow up and tell the truth for a change.

  2. “Gee Kenny, they opposed before, they are opposing now. What part of this confuses you,”

    They opposed the concept of bailouts. They didn’t address pay cuts for workers. For the automotive industry they have singled out the factory workers. That’s quite different.

    I guess that’s the part that confused you.

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.
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