As many of you may have noticed, I have not written in this BLOG for quite a while. I have no explanation; I have unpublished ‘BLOG’s’ ready to go, I am full of opinions (as anyone who knows me personally can attest…or even if you’ve followed these BLOG postings), I continually conjure up more ideas to write about but it has been quite difficult for me to put pen to paper (or hand to keyboard) and write what I am thinking and feeling…I’ll get back to that later in this BLOG…
What does inspire me to write is LABOR DAY… a day that does and should celebrate the American laborer…please go back and read my other Labor Day blogs and see what I mean…I follow the present Labor Movement on Instagram and I’m always in awe as to what we owe the average worker…please remember, I’ve lived in countries that protect the workers far more than this country ever would…I’ve concluded that we protect the rich and the gun makers…the middle class needs to struggle on their own in many instances.
I went through a period of my life where I was a tad bit anti-union. Knowing teachers that were so concerned with how many days off they would have for ‘Bereavement Leave’ or how many years until they were guaranteed the right to ‘keep their job’….no one should be guaranteed the right to ‘keep their job’…everyone should work as hard as they can every day to insure that whatever they are doing is maintaining or raising the ‘level’ of the end ‘product’. Small business owners that I knew who could not take advantage of construction initiatives the Obama Administration offered due to the fact that the ‘initiative’ required maintaining all workers at a higher ‘union’ wage. There was no room in the ‘initiative’ for negotiation. Of course, these business owners could have lowered their high standard of living for I also feel that many small business owners want to live the ‘high’ life but don’t want to give their workers the opportunity to do the same…and, of course, if they did so….well, my point should be well taken.
I remember when I lived in Northwest Ohio the Human Resources Manager of one of the automobile manufacturing plants ( I forget which one…I think it was JEEP) was named HR Person of the Year. I resented the distinction being given to him; he had the only plant in Ohio that had a death while ‘working’. He should have been spending time fixing whatever caused the problem in the beginning…an ongoing battle raged with the Union in this plant and it wasn’t resolved until after the cause of the death was identified.
Please note that I’m aware that in our long history of the Labor Movement, we have had tragedies with and without unions. Please also see my BLOG on ‘Right to Work’, which is a farce in and of itself.
As the Donald Trumps (and he is not alone; there is a global movement toward ‘me and my country’) of the world take root, workers have fewer and fewer benefits without representation and this is a ripe time for the Labor Movement to begin to sow its seeds again.
Minimum wage should be addressed at a Federal Level instead of leaving it to the individual State… health care should be something that is addressed and offered at a Federal Level…and the politicians can argue in what form but EVERYONE should have health care and NO ONE should be left without it in any way, shape or form…
Please also remember that most benefits that are offered by any employer at this point in time (2019!!!) are a result of a group of individuals fighting for workers’ rights and making the point that the benefit is necessary. A good deal of blood, sweat and tears has gone into the building of our manufacturing and labor infrastructure and it would be so beneficial for our children and future generations to recognize that we need protection for all workers in this country.
The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882 as a tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well being of our country. Remember that when you are swimming, partying, picnicking, relaxing…we owe a significant debt of gratitude to the workers of this country. We can recognize this by not only ‘celebrating’ them for a day but insuring that they will receive the remuneration and benefits they deserve as well as insure they work in the best and safest conditions they deserve.
Now, about my inability to write these BLOG's....I don't have an answer...I've had some personal demons that I've had to fight with in regard to my role in the care of my (now) 94 year old mother; as I age, I accept the fact that my ADD/ADHD has limited my ability to do things that I always tried to do but was not very successful in completing; I live vicariously through friends/family that continue to travel/work with a great deal more energy than I have but also more money and less responsibility...I have developed severe osteoarthritis and osteoporosis and I again cracked another bone early last spring (my 9th/10th/11th since 2007...I stopped counting)...when I'm not out on medical leave, as I am now, I work and I love it and I am highly regarded and respected. I really wish I knew why I have not been able to sit down and write as I am now but since this is going to be published in a few; maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to force myself to do more....
If you have any questions regarding the Labor Movement or need any explanations, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com. You can also call me at the number on this website. Have a Happy Labor Day!