I'm amazed at the comments like some of the ones in reply to this article and similar comments that have been made throughout the strike. They go something like this: I don't get paid squat, I get no benefits, and I have no retirement plan - who do these drivers think they are striking for more pay when they already make more than I do!
Imagine the nerve of workers in this country thinking they should be paid well enough to support their families and send their kids to school without having to hold down two or three jobs to do it. Or thinking they should have safe working conditions and healthcare that won't wipe out their savings if they are unfortunate enough to get sick or injured. Or thinking they should have a pension instead of working until they drop dead or being invested in the Wall Street lottery scheme called a 401K.
You know, there were people who fought and died (yes, died - at the hands of gunmen hired by business owners or, in some cases, the US Army) in order to secure the right of workers to organize in order to collectively bargain for better treatment from their employers. But, over the last 40 years or so, we've stood idly by and let those rights be taken away from us while being fed fantasies about how the free market was going to make us all millionaires.
And now, we turn on each other. Workers who are being abused by their employers are getting angry at the few workers who still have some ability to demand decent treatment. Instead of asking, why do these guys get paid better than me and get medical benefits and a retirement, you should be asking why am I not getting decent compensation for my work! At a time when corporate profits are at record highs and, even with the recent "corrections," the stock market is still yielding unprecedented returns, the question is, why are so many workers in this country so poorly compensated? The answer is that it is a race to the bottom and you're standing on the sidelines cheering!
Take a minute to think about who you should really be angry with. It's not the drivers...
What a brilliant observation, Carlos Castro. So...using that reasoning and the observation that 90% of startups fail in the first two years, that must mean that only 10% of startups are being founded by conservatives. What's wrong? Conservatives can't spell "entrepreneur?" Also, you are apparently unaware of the fact that the founders of Maker House have had a number of successful startups and that they are working on new projects right now. Anyone who is a real "job creator" knows that not every venture will succeed - even ones with brilliant concepts and a dedicated core of customers, like Maker House. All your post has proven is why "conservative thought" is an oxymoron.
Crappy comment system! Decided to post on its own and no way to edit! Anyhow, to finish my thought, it's not like that shopping center is at capacity. This move on the part of the landlord is very shortsighted and stupid. Anyone want to start a pool for how long it will be until that space is vacant again? A lot less than 11 years, I'm thinking.
Very sad. Ike's on Speedway has been like my home office. Good coffee, good food, and great people. It makes no sense, either. It's not like that shopping c
Not to late to get involved. We'll have a Code for Tucson pitch night on Wednesday, November 6 at Gangplank Tucson (17 E Pennington - in the Pioneer Building) at 6:00 PM. Stop on by!
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