Aljazeera reports that airline workers in Spain have launched a two week strike to protest planned layoffs. The strike could cost the airline, which is losing money, as much as $134 million. The logical question – the American question – is why would workers strike? Don’t they care about their jobs?
Spanish workers see through the myth of “my job.” They are standing with those who are being laid off and saying, “No more.” American airline workers have suffered greatly over the last three decades as they’ve made concession after concession, lost pensions, and watched management continue to pay itself bonuses. Maybe they should take a lesson from their brothers and sisters in Spain. Solidarity.
The corporate media is nothing but a PR firm for big business. Every story I read or heard about the Hostess Strike pushed the same line: The workers are to blame. We heard the same story when teachers went on strike in Chicago. The corporate media hates workers.
Let’s look at this story in more detail. Laura Clawson of Daily Kos reports that the company is owned by a private equity firm. When the company went into bankruptcy a few years ago, workers took concessions. This time the bakers’ union refused to take concessions. According to Clawson, it wouldn’t matter anyway, since the company planned to close some plants and sell off the rest at a profit. She quotes the union president who says that the company has had six CEOs in the last eight years – none of them had a background in the baking industry.
Speaking of Hostess executives: Annie-Rose Strasser of Think Progress has found that the company’s CEO had his pay tripled (from $750,000 to $2.25 million) at the same time that the company was filing for bankruptcy and blaming the workers for its problems. Other executives received pay increases of as much as 80%. This seems a fitting reward for the executives who drove the company into the ground through debt restructuring.
Don’t blame the workers or the union. Blame the vultures that are eating the carcass of the working class. Blame the vampires that need more blood, so they break contracts and steal pensions. Blame the corporate media. It’s lying to you.