The Return Of Big Union Power
I would like to make some statements here. I have never supported the power of big union. I have always seen unions as almost the first lobbyist group in the United States. When the union was about the person and not about the system it was a good thing. When power of the union became about the control of the members' dues (the money) the membership lost their real power. I am 40 years old and for most of my life I have felt that unions were counter productive to capitalism. I watched the liberal agenda toward entitlements and felt the unions were a very large part of this.
With this current economic situation we are in, I am beginning to question my thinking about unions. My general feeling about them will not likely change. I see the upper leadership of unions and our government wanting those positions because of personal agendas toward power and money.
HERE IS MY POINT!
There is the potential of a trucker strike in this country. Is this a good thing? NO!
However, with diesel fuel nearing $4.00 per gallon the average person needs some kind of power to combat the higher prices. There needs to be a serious threat to the taking away of windfall profits leading to out control inflation. The average working person is now paying food inflation of 30% over one year ago. Our fuel costs are up more than 100% from 2003,
I think there will have to be several strikes in several industries to create a balance in our economic system. With Exxon profiting at about $1,000,000,000 (1 Billion dollars) per quarter we have a responsibility to our children to take drastic measures as average citizens.
It will hurt our ability to function, but I think the hard working truckers of our country should go on strike. They should plan a strike for about one week. Just to test the waters. Do you realize that it would make a lot of supply in our market. It would create excess supply like gas, and excess produce. Excess supply will drive down prices. It will hurt at the boardroom level. If the strike doesn't help balance the system then they should strike for a whole month.
I think becoming a member of a union may be the best weapon we have over out of control profit taking, spiraling inflation, higher prices, and jobs lost overseas.
I want to reiterate, THIS WILL BE PAINFUL. The average worker in this country is feeling the pain now, with no real concern from the members of the government, nor the boardroom. The workforce needs to pass along the pain. Rising unemployment with strikes will give a blackeye to the government. It will slow down the economy, increase supply and decrease profit.
I am convinced this is a great answer. It would likely help us with the illegal alien problem. If the jobs dry up there is no real reason to be here illegally. If we slow down the supply we will slow down spending. We need a major slowdown in spending.
I think we will see a trucker strike this year. It will likely help in the long term future.