November 15, 2006
BRIGHTER DAYS FOR WORKING PEOPLE?
Caption: These union members are ready to roll.
This isn't exactly breaking news since it came out in the Saturday New York Times, but it looks like at least some of the things that unions and allies have been pushing for against the stream may wind up on the national agenda.
For starters, this includes a long overdue raise in the minimum wage. Also urgent is fixing the Medicare Part D goat rope before senior citizens start dying from lack of access to medication.
One would hope that the days of legislation by corporate lobbyists are at an end and that we can put R.I.P. (or R.I.H.?) on the tombstone of efforts to privatize Social Security.
Also on the agenda is a welcome reduction in interest rates on student loans.
Farther along, it looks like it will be a little harder now to push for so-called free trade deals that don't provide core labor and environmental protections and--El Cabrero devoutly hopes--easier to pass long needed legislation like the Employee Free Choice Act to restore the right of workers to organize unions without fear of retaliation.
Time will tell.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: WE'LL SEE
by El Cabrero