I often cite Daily Kos’ Laura Clawson when she is describing attacks on workers. Today the news is good. Pro-labor mayors were elected in New York and Boston. Voters in Cincinnati came out in favor of protecting the pensions of public sector workers. While this news may warm our hearts, we still have to remember that Governor Christie, a loud foe of unions, was re-elected by a landslide in New Jersey. The tide is still against labor and workers. The good news is that workers haven’t lost the will to fight. When they win, we all win (except for the Koch brothers and their fellow greedy billionaires).
According to today’s Los Angeles Times, Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger is attempting to cut state workers to minimum wage to force the legislature to deal with him on the budget. California politics are hamstrung by propositions which limit taxing powers. In a sense, this means that both the governor and legislators can claim some victim status.
The governor, however, seems focused on attacking public employees as his way out of the problem. The minimum wage strategy means to get the legislature’s attention. More serious would be his threat to furlough employees. The people of California (Kal – ee – for – nee – yuh in the Terminator’s language) will be rid of this “leader” soon. The question remains if they will replace him with the former CEO of EBay, who will probably be worse.
At some point, working people have to look in the mirror and admit that they often vote against their own best interest.