Tuesday, July 05, 2011

History 400 - Labor Disputes

10 Most Momentous Strikes of the 20th Century
Lots of words for scholars and community leaders only.

The Real American's History

I'm working on my thesis, The Difference Between Labor Unions and the Democrat Party - Labor leaders hide their membership in the CP. After earning my PhD it will be published as a chapter in my forthcoming history text book,"A Real American's History of the United States."   Of the 10 Most Momentous Strikes of the 20th Century, only four happened here.  This is all stuff you know nothing about if you're too young to have lived through them.  Even f you did, you'll be interested in the feisty commentary and historical truths never before published.  Carry on.  And, you're welcome.

10. The Seattle General Strike

Emerging from the damaging aftermath of the First World War, the US economy featured widespread use of wage controls on industrial salaries, and in many areas pressure was rising to increase workers’ wages. This was no more the case than in Seattle, WA, where in February 1919 a week-long strike by over 65,000 union workers hit services hard across the board. This strike was intensely divisive and was a primary factor in the subsequent ‘Red Scare’ of 1919-20.
In Retrospect
The Communist movement, founded in 1919, caught on quickly in the Pacific Northwest, picking up members from the fading Industrial Workers of the World and Socialist Party. Though radical politics had been fractured and isolated during the 1920s—a result of the World War I red scare and internal splits—the economic crisis gave radicals new ways to organize and a more sympathetic public audience.

What should have been done?

The strikers should have been shot dead to a man.  Harsh? Yes, but it would have stopped the later takeover of west coast unions by the CPUSA.  And, Washington State today would not lead the nation in producing serial killers and some of the nations most odious politicians.

7. The 1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike

The 1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike lasted for 83 days, culminating in four days of general strike action in San Francisco. Its ideological background largely centered around syndicalist and communist tendencies amongst West Coast dock workers. The strike began on May 9th with thousands of dock workers and sailors walking out, but tensions ran high when strikebreakers, housed offshore, were brought in to keep the docks in operation. Violence between picketers and police began on July 5th, culminating in the shooting and killing of two striking dock workers later that day and inspiring the subsequent general strike. This strike’s legacy has remained ambiguous: many workers were dissatisfied at the lack of improvement in conditions despite the rise in prominence and power of the unions.

In Retrospect

In 1934 the longshoremen reorganized under the leadership of Harry Bridges who was an Australian seaman. This organization of longshoremen created a powerful union that would play an ongoing and pivotal role in the West Coast maritime industry.

The CP was very involved on the waterfront and in 1934 – the year of the great West Coast waterfront strike – the Party played an important role in the strike and in outlining the demands. A friendship and fellowship formed between Bridges and another Australian seaman named Harry Hynes, who was the founding editor of the Waterfront Worker, a Communist paper in San Francisco.

What should have been done?

The strikers should have been shot dead to a man.  Harsh? Yes, but it would have stopped the later takeover of west coast by the CPUSA and Nancy Pelosi.

4. The 1952 Steel Strike

A huge victory for the United Steelworkers of America was won against 10 major steelmakers, including US Steel, in July 1952 after 53 days of strike action was resolved on the terms that had initially been demanded by the union at the beginning of the strike. This strike is also significant insofar as President Truman had attempted to avert the crippling strike action by nationalizing the steel industry, only to have his decision overturned by the Supreme Court.

In Retrospect
Mafia and CP dominated Steelworkers called a strike that threatened war production during the Korean War.  Truman did what other democrats want to do, try to nationalize private industry. He was slapped down by the SCOTUS (Eisenhower had not yet appointed Earl Warren Chief Justice).

What should have been done?

The strikers should have been shot dead to a man.  Harsh? Yes, but it would have prevented American labor unions from becoming the financiers of American crime, including the Democrat Party. AND —  would not have opened the gates to steel exporters from commie countries.  Thirty-five years later most of our great steel mills had closed. Victims of union greed.

3. The Steel Strike of 1959

After seven years had passed since the successful steel strikes of 1952, half a million members of the United Steelworkers of America took to the picket-lines once more. This time, however, the level of success from the union’s perspective was dubious. Although the steelworkers ended up winning a marginal wage increase, the union-restricting powers of the Taft-Hartley Act were brought to bear on a new generation of workers nationwide. Furthermore, the lack of operation during the strike meant that unprecedented levels of steel imports had taken place, devastating the industry in the long-run.

In Retrospect
There you have it.  Let a commie get a foothold and you can lock up the silver.  The greatest tragedy was this began America's slide from dominating world production of everything, to becoming a service industry for Red China, and Obama nationalizing the auto industry.

What should have been done?
The strikers should have been shot dead to a man.  Harsh? Not at all. Had that been done there would have been no JFK, Woodstock Festival, no Jimmy Carter, and certainly no Clinton or Obama
Footnotes: I didn't keep track.  Google the words you need sourced.

America the Beautiful. Obviously.

America The Beautiful
Obama, stay seated.



Gimme an "M" ....

Will Minnesota meet de Tocqueville?
GOP HQ - call your office

  According to some observers, a terrible catastrophe has just struck the state of Minnesota. Due to an impasse on fiscal and taxation questions, the government of that state has been "shut down." On one side of the divide, you have Governor Mark Dayton, a tranquil (and some would say tranquilized) leftist who has been pushing for higher taxes as a way of solving Minnesota's budgetary deficit.

Room Enhancer
On the other side, there is the Republican-controlled legislature that, to its credit, have taken the rare step of actually displaying a backbone by pushing for spending reductions instead and by standing up to Dayton's efforts to further destroy Minnesota's economy. As of this weekend, the government of Minnesota "officially" is no longer open for business.

Of course, the talk of a government "shutdown" is largely hyperbole. It isn't as if everything government-related in the state has ceased to exist ...
[Tim Dunkin]
In this instance it appears that Minnesota's Dem governor is allowing critical services to continue.  In the past congressional democrats have done the opposite; closing parks, the Smithsonian, etc. to show us how very much we need their fat bloated beneficence.  Hell, on at least one occasion they threatened to stop funding the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq in mid-battle. The truth is, that if 75% of government was shut down permanently, along with 96% of regulatory agencies, we'd be seeing boom times in short order instead of the BOOM times we all expect any time now. (I have to do this,  or eat ice bream and shoot squirrels.)

It's Mythter Buster

This Girl Myth is So Busted!
It's the forearm. Sheesh.

Reagan Feted, Dem Ambassador Boycotts

Democrat's Class Ceiling
approx. 1"

Democrats Class Ceiling - about 1''

Tidy Yes, but no runways please

Educating Merrily

Tweet Tweet

what was the public sediment?

twittered dead

I pay no attention to twitter, so this news came late. But I am wondering.  I know how I felt when Kennedy was shot.  I know how I felt when Reagan was shot.  Since I'm getting this after the fact I don't have that instant reaction.  Had it been for real I'd have bet the garage that it was done by a leftist. I wonder what the (actual) national mood was?  Right now I heave a sigh of relief.  Sheriff Joe as president, and having schools and airports named after this sonuvabitch are prospects too ugly to contemplate.  I'm afraid it's all or nothing with this lot.  I mean of course a national election;  or a meteor strike.

Do-gooders killing another industry

‘Beginning of the end for small fishermen’

  With the height of the New England fishing season getting under way this week, small family fishermen say controversial new rules are destroying their livelihood — forcing them to sell their boats and instead search for work as laborers on larger vessels.

“It’s a death knell. It’s the beginning of the end for small fishermen,” said Rhode Island fisherman Joel Hovanesian, 54, who recently sold his boat.  [Full]

Let us bow our heads and turn to Genesis 6:1 - 9:17; ver 2.01

This won't just hurt the fisherman, it will be felt at the fish markets.   At some point people will just have to say fuck-you; ignore these laws and go down fighting.  Absolutely guaranteed to galvanize the public against tyrannical government.  What better place than Boston to kick things off?

ThisPeriod of Phony War

der Sitzkrieg

I see going on today something similar to the period in Europe called the "Phony War." Those early days of WWII  characterized by very little actual fighting and a whole lot of chest thumping.  The killing came soon enough.  My seeming bellicosity is not aimed at roiling people's blood, although roiling it should be. No, it's a product of my coming to terms with events since 2008. Maddening.

I've learned enough history to feel justified saying that there is no possible road to rapprochement with the Left.  Not that I can find.  I often (now) envision myself delivering large bursts from a mini-gun into groups like Media Matters.  It's like having illicit sex though—   eighty-six seconds of thrill  followed by a lifetime of misery. It will be Hell.

Can You Spare a Square?

NYC rationing toilet paper at Coney Island

Lefty Asshole
New York, New York, a hell of a town. The Bronx is up and your pants are all brown. Once again, New York City sets the trend for the rest of the nation, as reported by the NY Post: "Hey buddy, can you spare a square? The city is so hard up for cash that it's rationing toilet paper in women's public restrooms -- to the point where bathroom attendants are doling out a few measly squares per patron -- along the world-famous Coney Island boardwalk.

The latest move by Obamunists to make us embrace Shariah law  (the part where it says you have to wipe yourself with the left hand and eat with the right).  

Arthur Murray WTF?

Never could figure this one out

In my day the Twist helped you meet her; the Two-Step got you through the wedding. You could make them both up after a few pops.  After that, who dances?

California to California - Drop Dead

In case you missed it ...
Official Calls For Riverside, 12 Other Counties To Secede From California
New state would have no term limits, part-time legislature

Teacher unions are run by Liberal thugs, not teachers

Union curbs rescue a Wisconsin school district
This is a disaster," said Mark Miller, the Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader, in February after Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed a budget bill that would curtail the collective bargaining powers of some public employees. Miller predicted catastrophe if the bill were to become law -- a charge repeated thousands of times by his fellow Democrats, union officials, and protesters in the streets.

The Kaukauna School District, in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin near Appleton, has about 4,200 students and about 400 employees. It has struggled in recent times and this year faced a deficit of $400,000. But after the law went into effect, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, school officials put in place new policies they estimate will turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And it's all because of the very provisions that union leaders predicted would be disastrous.
"The monetary part of it is not the entire issue," says Arnoldussen, a political independent who won a spot on the board in a nonpartisan election. Indeed, some of the most important improvements in Kaukauna's outlook are because of the new limits on collective bargaining.

In the past, Kaukauna's agreement with the teachers union required the school district to purchase health insurance coverage from something called WEA Trust -- a company created by the Wisconsin teachers union. [Golly, I can't imagaine what happened next]

California public schools see paradox of lower funding, higher test scores
It's a trend that would seem to defy conventional wisdom: As public school spending has declined in California in recent years, student achievement test scores have gone up.
n El Dorado County, spending fell 9 percent from 2008 to 2010. But test scores rose dramatically. The proportion of students in grades two through seven testing proficient or above in English rose from 63 percent to 68 percent; those at or above proficient in math shot from 65 percent to 72 percent. Read more:
So, are educators finding ways
to teach?

Goofy AGW Bastards

Thank You Red China
From the playwrights who gave us Obama

  (Reuters) - Smoke belching from Asia's rapidly growing economies is largely responsible for a halt in global warming in the decade after 1998 because of sulphur's cooling effect, even though greenhouse gas emissions soared, a U.S. study said on Monday

The paper raised the prospect of more rapid, pent-up climate change when emerging economies eventually crack down on pollution.
Of Course!
Justin Credible