Labor Movement And Wall Street Protesters

In case you had any doubt about the synergy between BIG LABOR and anarchists here and around the world, this should remove any doubt.

A large group of protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement attempt to cross and close the Brooklyn Bridge.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was in Minneapolis today for the ‘Next Up Young Workers Summit.’  This is the group of ‘young workers’ and activists and students that just announced their strong support of the Occupy Wall Street protesters:

The world in which we live isn’t working for the vast majority of people. The top 1 percent controls the economy, makes profits at the expense of working people, and dominates the political debate. Wall Street symbolizes this simple truth: a small group of people have the lives and livelihoods of working Americans in their hands.

Their perspective of just who works for who is instructive in just how counter-productive this labor movement is to America, and other countries with even less freedom. People work for the companies that have jobs to get done. The companies don’t work for the employees. They work for their customers. Like it or not, the ‘workers’ work for the same customer. That’s life in the real world.

Then there’s the global labor movement that Trumpka is talking about.

Richard Trumka . . .

“America needs a good dose of critical imagination right about now. We need ideas and energy. We need enthusiasm, optimism, that sense that everything is possible. . . . You are the future of this movement, and all of us—all of America’s working people—need and your critical imagination in a big way.”

I get the distinct impression that Trumka isn’t pushing for America’s economic success. Instead, he is pushing for labor union membership growth. And if it means tearing the country down first, like our President and Trumka prefer, then they will surely do it. Or rather, continue to do it. Be imaginative, critically imaginative, he says.

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