Career Calling

August 10, 2011

Listening, Respect, Elections, and Strikes

Filed under: Commentary — claycerny @ 2:11 am
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Today is the first round of recall elections in Wisconsin.  Whatever the results, working people, including many Independents and Republican, came out over several months to protest limits on workers’ right to bargain collectively.  On the east coast, 45,000 Verizon employees are on strike.

What is common to these groups?  Unions in Wisconsin and the Verizon employees offered concessions.  Management would not listen.  The new model of compromise from management is:  Take it or leave it.  Until this attitude changes, we will see more recall elections and strikes.  Hopefully, the U.S.will not see the kind of destruction and violence that has occurred in several English cities.

What’s the solution?  Respect.  Respect starts with listening and an openness to compromise.  This isn’t as so many pundits claim a matter of “both sides.”  The most powerful, the most wealthy want more.  Unless they change, anarchy in the U.K. may turn into anarchy in the U.S.

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