MI, Right to Work, and the Reasonable Fear of Labor

MI’s RTW vote yesterday obviously caused the use of billions of electrons in commentary, sane and otherwise. I was involved in one fairly lengthy discussion on FB in which one of the pro-RTW (which also is my view) asked the anti-RTW commentor what he was afraid of in more freedom of RTW?

My FB response is below. There are very significant changes going on and many – rightly – are fearful of them. Ignoring this fear – or not grasping its root – will not change it or move the nation forward. We don’t know what’s coming, but we do know, as with any technological change, that the lower-skilled and less-educated will be hurt more than others.


Joe [the anti-RTW commentor with whom we were having the discussion], like most union workers, is afraid of a non-Industrial future. It is difficult to criticize him for this.

We are at a pretty serious juncture: the Industrial Age is being left behind at an accelerating rate & there is less room in the Information Age for industrial workers than for which any had been prepared.

The social welfare model of the past half-century has proven a failure and a detriment to our future. The Left, in order to survive, must continue their Industrial Age policies – but that won’t happen and they have no idea what to do about it other than stick their heads in the sand and demand the rest of us do so as well. That’s what the violence in MI today was about.

No one is going to stop the Information Age; it is coming and accelerating, like it or not. Unskilled and lightly skilled still have their families and selves to support and are scared to death on how to do so.

No one knows what the social and work future will look like – but it won’t be good for the unskilled. And they are afraid. Hard to blame them for their fear – but harder still to accept their version, which harms MY children, THEIR future and MY country.


About Alex Scipio

About Alex Scipio: Alex moved out of the People's Republic of California to the Free State of Arizona, finally tiring of the lack of the Bill of Rights, the overgrown idiocracy, and the catering to non-Americans & welfare recipients. He still wonders how America got from Truman, Eisenhower, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan to the Liberal and Conservative extremes so badly managing America today. And, yes, islam DOES need to be annihilated. And doing what he can to get folks away from the extremes of political life.
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2 Responses to MI, Right to Work, and the Reasonable Fear of Labor

  1. Mott Sapple says:

    The information age will mate with the industrial age in dovetail fashion . This is the only way. We need quality, top to bottom so…the fabric maker goes to the coture visionary who then uses the material to construct a garment of desire to which a manufacturer deems potentionally profitable. The manufacturer commits…production begins. The first order of business ,secure raw materials needed to duplicate coture intent whilst bearing in mind the market burden. Market demand assured, raw materials confirmed, manufacturing and distribution await. Textiles and technology interface is information age and industrial age in symbyotic relationship. Lasars and sissors, computers and stiches. GPS to UPS , it can work . Develope interstate dependancy and competition, that will turn this economy around…..Mott Sapple

  2. Arch Hughes says:

    I don’t know. The people in unions might not be smart enough to see beyond their own noses, but their local and national leaders probably are. I think the leadership knows full well that what they are fighting for is their own “nest egg” and not some industrial future and a loss of jobs for those poorly skilled to cope with the new world.

    Union membership isn’t turning out, on its own, at these demonstrations. They are being called by their stewards and being told where and when to appear. They are mostly like told what to chant and given a sign to carry around.

    Ever been in a union, Alex, or walked a picket line? If you are given an instruction by the union to participate you darned well better show up and do your bit our you’ll find you tail in physical jeopardy or have your strike pay docked. (I’ve never been in a union, but my father walked many pickets lines in the 60’s and 70’s as a factory worker for General Electric.)

    The union leadership ought to be promoting the education of their members to be better qualified to be productive in the new economy. Isn’t the genesis of the unions the guilds which sought to train people in the proper application of their particular arts (or to limit competition in those trades by their rigid systems of rules)? Would it not be more beneficial for the union leadership to leverages the skills evolution and to even seek to extend union representations into those new “trade crafts” which we hope will be a part of the 21st century?

    Seeking to punish everyone by killing the industries and services that hire union workers, but which are seeking to change with the times does, in fact, punish everyone. For example, consider the Hostess shut down. Some blame the union, some blame the executives. Would it not have been better for the union to negotiate concessions tied to improvements to factory production methods which would have reduced costs and increased margins rather than to take everyone out with stubbornness? Then we’d all still have Twinkies and many of the 18,000 workers would still have jobs. Isn’t 14,000 more skilled (automated) union jobs better than zero jobs?

    Union people are not stupid. And if union leaders are getting a number of their less educated to play the role of thug for them, then they get no sympathy from me.

    In Michigan, didn’t the unions put this card in play with their ballot initiative to make collectivism part of the state constitution? Hey…maybe the union leadership is stupid?

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