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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Give Me A Job, Give Me Security

Dear "right to work" states: the working class called and would like its wages back...


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When I was born, my father was a blue-collar man, a good union-card-carrying railroad worker making a decent salary. But Dad always wanted to teach school, and he was credentialed to do so (education degree, teacher's certificate) and would have done so had W.W.II not intervened. When he came back, the railroad made him a good offer, and he took it. He still always wished he were teaching school.

I remember a family meeting in my youth. He wanted to discuss with the family the consequences of his moving from railroad work to schoolteaching. The biggest obstacle was salary: he would be making about $3k-$4k less as a schoolteacher... a fortune in 1958.

Railroad workers were unionized. Schoolteachers in Texas were not. Draw your own conclusions. Laws that interfere with working people's ability to organize are immoral laws... no, I don't think that word is too strong.

Oh, the outcome? Dad became a teacher. We had never seen him happier.

Posted by: Steve Bates | Dec 12, 2012 4:23:46 PM

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