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Rich Contracts Unbreakable. Working Class… What Contracts!?

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How is it that we didn’t hear but a mumble from Tony Clements until well after this financial apocalypse was well underway? And now that Mr. Clements has been awakened he speaks those tried and true Tory words that have fixed recessions for eons. Concessions.

Mr. Clement must have been snoozing when CAW workers just finished negotiating a new contract just a few short months ago. He also seems to have forgotten that that contract along with the contract negotiated by Chrysler workers included significant concessions above and beyond what was originally demanded.

So how is it that it’s the front line, shop floor workers that are once again being forced to make excessively deep concessions in order to ensure the viability of companies that have been driven into the ground by management?

How is it that President Rainbows and Unicorns demands similar deep concessions from American workers yet in the same breath claims that “contracts ” with the rich and ruling class banking, investment and insurance establishments are unbreakable.

Yes, the contracts that will see the very companies that contributed the most to the global financial meltdown  will have to be honoured because America is a country of laws, according to new AIG CEO Edward Liddy – who’s company has recieved 100’s of BILLION$ of dollars in taxpayer bailout money. A compensation scheme that will see million$ paid out in bonues and newly renamed retention payments.

Yet American unionized workers are being asked to take HUGE concessions including massive wage cuts, benefit roll backs and pension deferrals in order to get their employers a few billion dollar$ in bailout loans.

And now We see those f@#*in’ useless media bobbleheads have started chirping about not demonizing the bankers and profiteers because in President Rainbows and Unicorns’ words, “We need these people to fix our broken system”. Huh!?

While some may say the autoworkers have done this to themselves and deserve what they get, I would ask each and every one of you to think about how many times you have been asked in your career to take substantial wages cuts, benefit roll backs and pension payment deferrals in your careers? Well? My guess is that not many of us have had EVER had to take a fraction of the cuts that autoworkers have been taking since the mid 70’s with world governments allowed a small Arab nation in the Middle East to hold the world hostage for oil.

The G-20 leaders will be meeting soon and we can all HOPE that they have a clear understanding of the depth and level of anger that has been building in the common class for decades as we have watched these episodic adventures of boom and bust play out on hte backs and wallets of us workin’ folk!

Mr. Obama was elected solely on a platform of CHANGE and HOPE. “Yes we can.” was the mantra. It’s time for Mr. Obama to start living up to his simple and direct promise of CHANGE in the politics of the day and HOPE for average workers around the world. Like many of his well oiled speeches, he has become very adept at rephrasing his promises to fit his slow but inevitable move back to the center and away for the very people that elected him.


Written by mattliving

March 31, 2009 at 8:23 am

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