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Good NYT Piece on Workers Defense Project in Texas

Sunday, 11 August 2013 05:33

This is a nice piece on a non-traditional organizing effort among immigrant construction workers in Texas.

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missing the point
written by you're, August 11, 2013 9:07
This should inspire as much contempt among actual friends of labor as a "Scab Defense Project." If these people only have a job since the previous middle class has been undercut then they have no right to complain about anything at their workplace, and any hardships they endure are deserved karma. Mass immigration plays the same role as an influx of scabs by driving up the labor supply and making it harder for people to collectively bargain for better wages and working conditions. We built a middle class because non-corrupt labor leaders like Samuel Gompers and Cesar Chavez understood this, instead of teaming up with the Chamber of Commerce like the AFL-CIO is doing today. The same applies to the fast food workers who are now in the news. If you want to know why these aren't living wage jobs then go into a restaurant and listen for Spanish. Friends of labor should want to go back to the 1950s when these jobs were staffed by American teenagers who could have told their bosses to go to hell.
written by Last Mover, August 12, 2013 7:50

Pete, the downward influx of middle class workers into lower class manual labor and fast food mcjobs was due far more to the labor surplus created by the deep jobless recession than upward competition from immigrants.

Yet you claim middle class inequality began in the '60s and '70s from government programs that redistributed income and wealth upwards above the middle class through rent seeking, rather than acknowledge the private sector has undermined equal opportunity for jobs on its own without help from government due to various forms of market faiure, effectively condoned through government inaction to correct them.

Now you're claiming the middle class became successful by restricting the supply of labor as a good thing, which it can't do anymore due to the influx of immigrants who should not have the same rights.

They can't all be true.

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