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Wage and Benefit Script-Flip

On a continuation of the previous post: What Americans have been subjected to over the past decade or so is social engineering applied to public discourse.

When public sector workers are demonized, and private sector workers (or the public in general) are holding “counter-protests” against public sector unions at the behest of political and media figures, I’d like to ask “why aren’t you protesting against your employers instead?”  The answer may be that they don’t have job protections and fear firing without due cause, which is something they might have avoided if they were involved in a collectively-bargained contract.  That bit of mind-bending irony aside:  I see a lot of “we in the private sector have had no wage increases…” or  “we have no leverage in obtaining fair and affordable health insurance…”  And somehow, instead of trying to improve that situation, they have decided to believe a group of billionaires who tell them that their quality of life is simply not affordable.    In almost every case, the income and benefit differences that are being used to motivate their opposition to unions are not a problem of public sector, organized labor wages outstripping the economy.  They are a case of private sector wages and benefits lagging behind the economy.  One thing that has not lagged behind the overall economy: PROFITS.  Those executives who told you that your health plans cost too much, your salaries were unaffordable, you needed to work longer hours for less, Federal Healthcare is a communist plot… many things that industrialized nations use as indicators of “quality of life”… they have had no problem finding windfall profits from either your efforts or your insurance premiums.  They shipped your quality of life offshore, but they still want their jet-set existance. Unions did not cause the huge income gap in the United States.  They did not create a robber baron class that has concentrated the majority of the Nation’s wealth in the upper 2% of its citizens.  Blaming unions for the single-percentage gap between public and private sector wages is suddenly became the hobby of people who make orders of magnitude more than the workers they have pitched into this battle by proxy.

Re: profit.  Most public sector jobs are not-for-profit, so the disconnect plays into the lie that there is a strong equivalency between say, building automobiles, and ensuring bridge and highway safety.  Why would multi-billionaires like the Koch (pr. “Coke”)  brothers care whether unionized workers made more than their wage-slaves?  Why would they finance a union busting Gubernatorial candidate and continue to provide financial and logistical support after his election?  Maybe because they were facing unionization efforts in their factories.  And if public sector unions don’t represent a better deal, the leverage of unions in the private sector is considerable weakened if not eliminated.  Union busting is still union busting, and anyone who thinks that their party, or favorite media outlet, or tough talking salt of the earth governor is above union busting in exchange for cash is simply fooling themselves.