Last week, Bernie Sanders rolled out his Workplace Democracy Plan.
Barry Eidlin, a writer at the hard left wing publication Jacobin Magazine, gave Sander’s plan a warm endorsement.
He declared that the plan is “based in a deep and sophisticated understanding of the fundamental problems facing workers today; it is the most serious, comprehensive, and equitable plan for promoting workers’ rights ever proposed by a major US presidential candidate.”
Eidlin noted that Sander’s plan “is a comprehensive effort to reorient labor policy around the idea that these policies exist to actively promote workers’ rights, as opposed to setting up the state as an ostensibly “neutral” arbiter to balance labor and management’s competing interests.”
The Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University highlights Sanders’ supposedly innovative “majority sign-up” process, “whereby workers unionize when a majority in a workplace says they want a union by signing authorization cards.”
Eidlin praised Sanders’ plan for extending union rights to public sector as well.
Additionally, Eidlin noted that the “WDP recognizes that workers’ rights can only be exercised and enforced collectively.” For the sociology professor, right-work-laws are the boogieman, and Sander’s plan is praiseworthy because it gets ride of these laws.
Eidlin expands on this:
The WDP recognizes that workers’ rights can only be exercised and enforced collectively. Too often, employers and courts have used a warped interpretation of individual rights to undermine workers’ collective rights. Nowhere is this more apparent than with “right-to-work” laws, which use the pretext of protecting individual workers’ right not to join a union to erode union solidarity.
In his view, Sanders’ WDP does the trick by eliminating right-to-work.
They do so by allowing individuals in unionized workplaces to avoid paying the costs associated with negotiating and enforcing the contracts from which they benefit. The WDP would close that loophole by banning right-to-work laws.
Eidlin believes that Sanders’ plan will set out to do what Franklin Delano Roosevelt failed to accomplish during the New Deal and give workers’ the ability the right to fully organize. He claims that FDR’s measures were “toothless” and provide “no mechanisms for guaranteeing or exercising the right to organize.”
The associate professor concludes by stating that Sanders “knows it will take a fight, and with the WDP, he is mobilizing troops for battle.”
Sanders employed this rhetoric in a tweet on the day that he revealed his plan: “If there is going to be class warfare in this country, it’s about time the working class won that war.”
Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election
America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.
On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate.
“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.
The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”
In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that “This is a tough time to be in public service.”
Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back.
2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state.
America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.
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