We could be looking at an Honest-To-Gawd Strike Wave
More than 10,000 John Deere workers could be on strike by the end of the day.
An astounding 96% of 18,000 west coast Kaiser Permanente workers have voted to go on strike. They are joining 20,000 other Kaiser workers across the nation that have voted to strike.
About 60,000 TV and film production crew workers (IATSE) are likely to go on strike Monday.
In all, over 100,000 workers are getting ready to go on strike. I cannot recall unions being this active in my lifetime.
“This is the capitalist system that has driven us to the brink,” she added. “Inequality is just getting worse and worse. ... We think unions are the solution.”
...Labor groups point to a Gallup poll from September showing that Americans’ approval of unions is at a 60-year high. More than two-thirds of those surveyed — and 77 percent of Americans ages 18 to 34 — voiced support for organized labor.
We are facing a legitimate rejection of the status quo by the entire working class. That's not the same thing as revolution, or class war, but it's something, and that a lot more than what we've seen for ages.
This is real.
You might say workers have declared a national general strike until they get better pay and improved working conditions.
...Another clue: Americans are also quitting their jobs at the highest rate on record. The Department of Labor reported on Tuesday that some 4.3 million people quit their jobs in August. That comes to about 2.9% of the workforce – up from the previous record set in April, of about 4 million people quitting.
All told, about 4 million American workers have been leaving their jobs every month since the spring....
Corporate America wants to frame this as a “labor shortage.” Wrong. What’s really going on is more accurately described as a living-wage shortage, a hazard pay shortage, a childcare shortage, a paid sick leave shortage, and a healthcare shortage.
Unless these shortages are rectified, many Americans won’t return to work anytime soon. I say it’s about time.
And in middle of all of this, comes a coincidentally, fantastically timed call for a general strike. It's been months in the planning.
Newton's Third Law of Motion states, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." It appears that we are finally seeing a long-overdue reaction to this.
the middle 60% of American households by income now cumulatively hold less in assets than the top 1%. It's the latest data point in a trend of increasing wealth concentration for the top and stagnation for everyone else.