SEIU 1000 president supports Gov Brown’s call to cut workers wages by 10%

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  1. On KQED

    SEIU 1000 president Yvonne Walker supports Gov. Browns plan to cut those of us who refused to sign the same concessionary contract she sold her members. Listen to Yvonne Walker on KQED responding to the question about the proposed cut of 10%. She said, The governor only wants the other six unions to accept the cuts we (SEIU 1000) have already taken….”I certainly support that”…

    Obviously Walker has no sense of workers’ solidarity. She has stepped forward to help Jerry Brown impose Wall Streets austerity by accepting the same concessionary contract SEIU accepted without a fight. For two years during the furloughs Walker had a mandate from her union which voted 74% for a strike authorization which she did nothing with. Workers were asking when is the strike and Walkers staffers came around with their campaign putting up lawn signs saying “I am proud to be a state worker.” She never had any intention of fighting the furloughs. Like the other State Unions SEIU worked to contain the anger of the membership and deny the nature of the crisis so as to keep the workers dependent on the courts and the Democrats instead of their own self mobilization. Next we can expect to see the unions mobilize the members to get out the vote for Brown’s budget proposal of social cuts, wage cuts based on tax increases.

    This is how our rotten union leaderships accept the lie that the workers are the problem and cause of the crisis. But the workers did not create the crisis. The crisis is one of stagnating production and dormant capital flow. The owners of big capital can not make it productive and put people back to work.

    If capitalism is a social contract where the workers agree to work for a days wage and capital administers the organization of production as per the dictates of the market, today the market dictates that the factories be closed or sent overseas. Capital can no longer make a profit making widgets so it searches for profit in speculative bubbles which all must eventually pop….equities, commodities, real-estate….this is the house of cards that is collapsing in our faces.

    The banks and big holders of capital can not make it productive the market has stalled production this crisis has broken the social contract.

    Therefore there needs to be a new arrangement where capital is put to productive use regardless of market dictates. With deminished profitablity big capital no longer wants to afford the social wage (not just the individual wage, benifits and pension – but the common wealth- education, roads, services, care for the poor, elderly and indigent that we pay for in our taxes all are under attack) it gets in the way of profit grabbing especially when the $600 billion+ military industrial complex is sacrosanct.

    Real unions would not offer to be the enforcers of Wall Streets austerity as has Ms. Walker, they would mobilize workers to demand full employment at fair wages and benefits for all. They would advocate for a plan to employ those out of work, clean up the productive processes and address the environmental situation of the planet.

    A fighting union would confront the furloughs with a call for thirty hours work for fourty hours pay in order to put our unemployed brothers and sisters to work; rather than send people home without pay when there is work to be done! A real fighting union would point to the stagnated capital resources and demand that if capital can not put itself to work then the working class could do so, by nationalilzing the banks under the collective control of the workers democratically administered in the interests of all.

    But our unions are little more than dues collection agencies, with nothing more to offer their members than free parking at Lego Land and a 10% discount on Avis rent-a-cars. Unless we develop a new fighting leadership from the rank and file which has a perspective of confronting the corporate power elite, breaking with the corporate politicians of the Democratic and Republican parties and developing a new fighting strategy based on the power to withhold labor power (i.e. strike) and act politically independently in our oun class interests we will be beaten down and stripped of the quality of life we have come to expect for our day’s work. And this defeat will be accomplished by Jerry Brown with the assistance of the likes of Yvonne Walker-clearly a traitor to her class.

    Charles Rachlis

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