To quote my least favorite Black Panther, Eldridge Cleaver, “You are either part of the solution or part of the problem.”
Mayor Bloomberg and all of his rich contemporaries are part of the problem and the problem is they have too much of the wealth and power and the people have too little of it. They declared class war on the hard working American people while simultaneously enslaving us and picking our pockets.
Organized labor and the right to both collective bargaining and the power of the strike are among the necessities to help return some power to the hands of the hard working and unemployed/under-employed people of America.
We built this country with our sweat and muscles while the rich elite sat on their asses reaping the profits of our labors. The poor of this country are the ones who die in the wars this country wages to further the interests of the rich.
By Muriel Kane
Friday, March 25th, 2011
NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was loudly booed Friday at a speech commemorating the deaths a century ago of 146 people in a
factory fire that then led to major labor law reforms across the United States.
Bloomberg was one of the principal speakers at the ceremonies in Manhattan at the site of the 1911 blaze at what was then the Triangle Waist Company.
The mayor told the crowd that the fire, which became a symbol of the unregulated sweatshop conditions endured by employees, galvanized politicians to transform workplace conditions.
“You have a right to live and work in dignity and earn the chance to advance in life,” Bloomberg said. “They made reforms that helped turn America’s ideals into realities.”
However Bloomberg’s speech, carried live on NY1 television, was interrupted repeatedly by loud booing.
The mayor, in his third term, has run into stiff opposition from public sector unions to his budget cuts and attempts to reform what he says is an unaffordable public pension system.
The Triangle fire is a touchstone for labor groups and the centenary is drawing special attention because of an ongoing dispute in Wisconsin between the Republican governor and public unions.