Uncommon Sense

December 1, 2022

Democrats are Pro-Labor . . . Aren’t They?

Not for the last 40 years or so, no. I remember when Mr. Obama was elected. A piece of legislation dearly sought by unions had been stalled and when he was elected, well, it would be pushed through by the Dems, right? The legislation was to go back to the labor law when a union could essentially gather membership cards from a majority of a workplace’s workers and that would give the union standing to represent those workers in negotiations. Card campaigns were cards that stated that a worker wanted a union to represent them, just as a lawyer has a client sign a contract that states that they are representing them as a client. That was the law for many, many years. Mr. Obama ignored that legislation and it died on the vine.

Many other instances of labor being ignored have occurred, I am sure, but most recently President Biden showed the Dems true colors by forcing a labor settlement to avoid a railroad strike. The railroad workers were negotiating to get paid sick leave. Do you have paid sick leave? Can you imagine what your life would be without it? Railroad workers were told they could use paid vacation time if they needed to see a doctor or had to go to hospital. How would you feel if that were the case in your job?

President Biden, along with all of the other Dems, has stated clearly that the Dems, like the Repubs, are behind their rich donors and not you and not me.

As one wag put it, the Dems look union people straight in the eye and say “You’ll never get anything you want if I don’t win; but once I win, I can’t do the things you need, because then I wouldn’t be able to win again.” (Hamilton Nolan in The Guardian) Gosh, they couldn’t possibly offend the rich, now, could they?

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Last year, adjusted operating margins for the five largest US railroads were 41 percent. Ten years ago, they were 29 percent. Two decades ago, they were 15 percent. Even compared with other transportation companies (which are doing extremely well)— trucking, parcel, air freight, maritime shipping, airlines – today’s railroad profits are humongous. (Robert Reich)

Railroad workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in fact, railroad employees are approximately twice as likely to die on the job as the average American worker. The risk is shared by conductors, signalmen, track laborers and others, and even non-fatal injuries can be serious, leading to chronic pain and other debilitating issues. (Arvin J. Perlman)



  1. Every worker should be entitled to sick pay leave. Republicans in Congress are showing their true colors. Why does anyone vote Republican? They only want more money for the wealthy and corporations.
    “The proposal to give workers seven days of sick leave, which was championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other liberal lawmakers, failed to pick up enough Republican support to overcome a 60-vote threshold set for adopting the measure and fell in a 52-43 vote (The Hill).”

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    Comment by carolmalaysia — December 2, 2022 @ 5:43 am | Reply

  2. If you want to fight the rich you must first become rich.

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    Comment by jimoeba — December 3, 2022 @ 6:59 am | Reply

  3. Both Obama and Biden are neo-liberal conservatives. They both firmly on the center-right of the political spectrum. I knew where Biden was coming in to the 2020 electio0n. The disappointing thing is how Obama ran on a progressive platform in 2008, yet turned out to be more of the same that we’ve come to expect.

    I don’t actually love the Democrat party. At best I tentatively support them because they’re closer to my own political ideals than the main alternative. They don’t seem interested in a theocratic state, and seem to have some reasonable ideas on major social issues. If there was another party that stood closer to my political vision I’d support that party in a heartbeat, but that seems incredibly unlikely. As an FYI, the last time I took the Political Compass test, it scored me at around [-7,-8], so the Democrats really don’t represent my views.


    Comment by Herald Newman — December 5, 2022 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

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