The Right to Work Without Rights
June 5, 2012 4 Comments
Rachel Maddow is right that the conservative crusade against unions and worker protection in Wisconsin should be seen as political as well as ideological, in that they are attempting to make sure that it’s only corporations and billionaires who can spend big on elections. Which will lead to more for the billionaires and ever-fewer worker protections. Around and around we go.
MADDOW: Killing off the unions is what Republicans want to do in every state of the country. That is why Scott Walker is the poster boy for the Republican Party this year. Republicans understand that this is the way they can win not just now, not just in the current election cycle, but forever. Republicans get this, and they want it to happen in every state in the country. Republicans get this. Do Democrats get it?
It’s a terrific question, and Maddow brings on her colleague Ed Schultz, who feels that Democrats do get it. I hope he’s right, but if Democrats do get it, I wish they’d pay closer attention to the language and framing they use. Even Maddow and Schultz accept the term “Right to Work” when talking about the Republicans’ anti-worker protection legislation.
“Right to work” is actually an abbreviation…
“Right to work” means “Right to work for lower wages.”
“Right to work” means “Right to work without health care.”
“Right to work” means “Right to work without representation.”
Most of all, of course, “Right to work” really means “Right to have low-wage workers without representation.” It’s legislation by and for the corporations, and I wish progressives wouldn’t accept their labeling. Let’s call it what it is — the Right to Work Without Rights.
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