Friday, February 03, 2012
Electro-Motive and the Sellout Cons
First they were told they must agree to have their wages cut in half, their benefits slashed, and their pensions gutted. Then when they refused to get down on their knees, they were locked out.
Tonight they're worrying about how they are going to feed their families after their plant was closed down.
Even though as one worker said "we made damn good trains." Even though the Caterpillar hogs were making record profits.
Caterpillar revealed Jan. 26 it had record-high sales and a profit of nearly $5 billion US last year, up 83 per cent from $2.7 billion US in 2010. Profit per share was $7.40 US, up 78 per cent.
Even though the Harper Cons gave them juicy tax breaks, and now have the gall to claim that they are doing that to create jobs.
On the governing Conservative side, Shelly Glover, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance, said, "We do sympathize with those who have lost their jobs, but we are creating jobs."
The dirty lying bastards.
When everybody knows that Great Sellout Leader is secretly delighted. Because he wants to turn us into a low-wage economy, and he loves busting unions just as much as the corporate porkers from Caterpillar.
On Wednesday, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law a so-called right-to-work bill making his state the first in the U.S. industrial north to directly take on private-sector unions.
Two days later, Caterpillar — which is based in next-door Illinois — closed its unionized London plant.
All it was waiting for, apparently, was a signal that the state government there was serious about crippling trade unions.
Great eh? And the grotesque Cons have the nerve to call themselves a strong Canadian government. When they are the weakest, most boot licking government in this country's history. Who would sellout their own people to foreign interests.
Assisted by those Canadians who were busy today blaming this fiasco on the trade union movement. Even as the corporate hogs turn us all into slaves, or hewers of rocks and drawers of dirty oil.
The same kind of people who beat their little breasts celebrating the War of 1812, but when the real Battle for Canada happens they are missing in action. Because they've got a yellow streak as wide as Lake Superior.
Oh well. I'm so sorry for the Electro-Motive workers and their families. But I'm not a bit discouraged eh? Because I know the Battle for Canada is just beginning.
I know that the Occupy movement is right when it calls what is happening a class war. I know that the union movement is fighting for all of us.
And just like I march with the Occupy movement.
I am proud to march with them...
Down with the sellout Cons. Down with the Caterpillar hogs.
Canadians will not be slaves.
Long live the union movement.