Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A voice at work?

What a joke.

Richard Trumka says he is for workers having a voice at work but he and his fellow millionaire labor leaders don't even allow union members to have a voice in their own unions.

Most workers have no contact with their unions because the union "leaders" fail to initiate the contact with them.

Most union members aren't even notified of union meetings and they can't even find out when union meetings are.

Most union members have never received a complete and full copy of the contracts they work under.
Most union members have never seen their union constitutions and by-laws.

Most union members don't even know when union elections for officers are being held in a timely way in order to run for office.

Most union members are treated like shit if they raise questions and concerns when they do go to union meetings.

Most dues-paying union members can't even rely on their unions to file grievances on their behalf.
Most union members don't even receive a newsletter or any regular printed communication from their unions--- not the international nor local unions and most union members don't even know what their local labor councils are doing other than supporting a bunch of worthless Democrats.

What we need are rank-and-file organizations in every single workplace in this country whether organized or unorganized in order to bring forward the problems and concerns we have.

The very best book on this topic of rank-and-file democracy and militant, class conscious trade unionism that I know of is:

Rebellion in the Unions
A Handbook for Rank and File Action
by George Morris

Neither Richard Trumka nor any other of his inner circle of millionaire labor leaders who have not one iota understanding when it comes to the day-to-day concerns of workers have ever done one single thing to rectify any of this. In fact, this situation of lack of rank-and-file participation and lack of democracy in the unions continues to deteriorate.

And, chances are, that if you insist on your right to participate in your union the union "leadership" will work with your employer to get you fired from your job.

Richard Trumka and his circle of millionaire labor "leaders" don't want union members to have a voice in their own unions; if you have no voice in your own union what voice can you expect to have on your job?

Judging from the state of decline in organized labor here in the United States, one would have to conclude that our employers have infiltrated our unions in order to make them completely docile and ineffective.

Union membership in this country and the effectiveness of unions has been in severe decline ever since they kicked the "Reds" out of the unions:

David Rovics... "You Ain't Done Nothin' If You Ain't Been Called a Red"

Richard Trumka, who has yet to so much as mention the cost-of-living crisis every single working class family in this country is experiencing and has failed to call for an end to these dirty imperialist wars that are making us all poor, has the gall to send me this:

I’ve always believed that everyone who has to work for a living should have a voice on the job. That’s why I’m so excited I’ve been invited to join the White House Summit on Worker Voice for a conversation about how working people are doing just that.

I will join President Obama and workers like Victor Vences, a contract tobacco farmer, and Evelin, who works the night shift stocking shelves at Walmart, for a very important town hall conversation about the strength of our voices being heard at work. I want to extend an invitation to you to watch it online.

Click here to RSVP to watch the 2015 White House Summit on Worker Voice livestream today, Wednesday, Oct. 7, starting at 4:40 p.m.; we’ll send you a reminder right before it starts.

The White House recognizes that having the voice of working people at the table is crucial to adapt to the challenges and opportunities of our changing workforce. The summit will focus on energizing working families to come together and use our collective voice at work to win better wages, benefits and respect on the job.

This summit will be an amazing opportunity to bring the issues that affect us all to the forefront.
Click here to RSVP to watch the 2015 White House Summit on Worker Voice today, Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 4:40. We’ll send you an email to remind you to tune in.

In Solidarity,
Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO
P.S. You can also join the conversation throughout the day by following ‪#‎StartTheConvo‬ on social media.