From this morning, "Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Debt Man and Blunder Boy"
The economy has been destroyed for the working poor and middle class America, in my opinion. We were the working poor for years and years. The only reason we're not now is that our eight children are now all adults. But while they were growing up, we were the working poor. A shoe fell apart and I wanted to cry. I'd be thinking, "Okay, it's my shoe, I'll get some glue and some tape. And I'll just wear it a little while longer." I didn't do that with the kids but I did do that with me. And my husband did the same. And I was forever sewing patches on the knees of the kids' jeans. I know how to make a great pot of beans, seasoned perfectly, because no one used dry beans as much as we did. There were years -- not a single one -- where one item on the table was always dried beans that had been cooked for that dinner (and would all be gone before the end of it).
So when I see all that Barack's done for the rich and how he's done nothing for the poor and the middle class, I just want to cry. If he'd been president a decade earlier, I'd be freaking out personally because we would be in the struggling to float boat so many Americans are.
Does anyone care about the workers today? WSWS does. And they are the only ones regularly reporting on the Verizon strike. This is from their latest:
The World Socialist Web Site urges Verizon workers and supporters to write in with your comments and experiences and download and distribute our latest statement. To sign up for the Verizon strike newsletter, click here.
Verizon has sent letters to all 45,000 striking workers in the US informing them that they will lose health care and other benefits if they don’t return to work by September 1. The move is intended to place further pressure on strikers to return to work.
Striking workers will be still be eligible for health care through the federally mandated health insurance program, COBRA if they pay for it themselves. Coverage for a family under COBRA runs an average of $15,000 a year and can be greater for many reasons.
Verizon, which has made $3 billion in profits so far this year, is demanding massive concessions from the workers including: freezing pensions for current workers and abolishing them for new employees; eliminating two paid holidays; abolishing all job security provisions; and forcing workers to pay $1,300 to $3,000 for health insurance on top of a $3,000 deductible.
While striking workers have expressed their determination to oppose these concession demands, both the CWA and the IBEW union officials have made clear that that they are willing to call off the strike without any agreement on the withdrawal of concession demands, saying only that the company must “bargain fairly.”
It's sad but telling that the workers have the spine and the unions are willing to give away everything just to end a strike. The workers get that the strike is important. It's a shame their union leaders are so willing to sell them out.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday: