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Frustrated and weary over long pandemic hours, more U.S. workers are striking

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Enjoy the Biden economy..... good for the CCP and the China trade profiteers, bad for everyone else.

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Seems to me people who "blame" Biden for all this, fail to have any idea at all about what they are talking about!

Bingo!

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That 19-day strike resulted in a guarantee of weekly time off, as well as pay raises.

Workers should not have to strike for such basic things, unfortunately the wider the economic divide, the more they are prone to exploitation.

Previous governments which have tried to limit wage increases, deny healthcare and suppress the minorities have contributed to this situation.

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That Biden inflation and supply chain crisis shows a level of incompetence that is totally unacceptable.

Biden spokeswoman says inflation is good and another says are high class problems,

between all that and the vaccine “mandate” no wonder people want to strike. Have to spend your money soon as you get it to preserve its value. But nothing to buy due to Bareshelves Biden

-5 ( +17 / -22 )

The ignorant lot who comment on the CCP and China do not understand that the exploitation of workers is even worse there.

The GOP is trying to even take away the voting rights of the workers, effectively making the worker rights similar to Russia and China

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Biden previously pointed the finger at then-President Trump during his administration, saying in 2020, "We don't have a food shortage problem — we have a leadership problem."

food shortage now: “Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the supply chain "challenges" were "inevitable."

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Exhausted after working long hours during the coronavirus pandemic and resentful that their bosses are not sharing sometimes huge profits, tens of thousands of nurses, laborers and entertainment workers are going on strike across the United States.

Workers have been getting screwed for decades. Plenty of blame to go around here.

Childish partisanship is so unhelpful here. The bosses not sharing profits love the bickering. They watch it with a smirk.

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Inflation is at 13 yeah high. The money that workers make isn’t worth anything. What’s Biden do?

around 4.5 million people quit their jobs in August, along with poor job creation numbers.

While also trying to give away trillions in leftist social priorities and monitor everyone’s bank account to tax even more.

where is the Transportation secretary? Was on 2 months paid vacation.

-4 ( +15 / -19 )

Have to spend your money soon as you get it to preserve its value. 

Do it! Spend all your money! Do it now! Don’t just talk about it on the internet, do it!

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The money that workers make isn’t worth anything. What’s Biden do?

What a wonderful grasp of economics!!!

trump University does produce the finest!!!

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Exhausted after working long hours during the coronavirus pandemic and resentful that their bosses are not sharing sometimes huge profits,

And this echoes what workers in Japan, with the widening wealth gaps under neoliberal policies, and those struggling around the world with the precarity of labor are saying.

It did not improve under Trump and is not improving under Biden. The causes are not China nor immigrants. Many corporatists and their shills will use that as distractions. It is the bosses , and their bosses who have worked over the last 40 years to diminish the power of organized labor and the share of productivity gains going toward labor.

Here is to the possibility that the pandemic could possibly be shifting things in the other direction.

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around 4.5 million people quit their jobs in August, along with poor job creation numbers.

Thanks to the COVID spread under the former guy workers are putting their safety first, can you blame them???

And if the right wing stopped demonizing vaccines, the economy would rebound faster.

where is the Transportation secretary? Was on 2 months paid vacation.

ROFL, Tooting the tucker song. tucker was the amongst the first to get the vaccine but discourages others to take it!!!!

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@ Zaphod Enjoy the Biden economy..... good for the CCP and the China trade profiteers, bad for everyone else.

Sorry, I don't know what you mean. Raising wages in one country does not mean companies automatically switch production overseas. Many Chinese consumers value made-in-Japan products and pay a premium, especially Pigeon baby goods. Just focus on creating good products that create good lives for workers.

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Frustrated and weary over long pandemic hours, more U.S. workers are striking

They are are not striking, they are getting all their paid vacation time before being forced out of work, due to vaccine mandates.

This story is a complete propaganda piece.

Biden was paying people to stay home, during this pandemic. There were jobs, but no one wanted to work, as they were better paid not to.

Now there will be shortages of workers everywhere; police, military, healthcare, nurses, doctors, bus drivers, everywhere there is a mandate, is where there will be shortages of workers.

This is intentionally being done.

Between the vaccine mandates, port blockages, and various other obstructions to a stable economy, this is 100% Biden owned.

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This is capitalism, brother. The workers get screwed and the bosses do the screwing. That’s why unions were invented, to level the playing field a little. Cue outraged members of the exploitative classes…

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What!!!!

You meant to tell me that IT didn't trickle down?

But,,, but,,, they said it would.

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*They are are not striking, they are getting all their paid vacation time before being forced out of work, due to vaccine mandates.*

This story is a complete propaganda piece.

Exactly****.

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Another MSM snow job of half truths.

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For a society to function there needs to be a balance, the system must be perceived to operate fairly, if the disparity between the lowest an highest is too great, if the few are perceived as “stealing” all the growth/wealth to the disadvantage of the majority, this can only go on for a period before (if it isn’t corrected) ultimately the tumbrels roll. Then the society collapses in to bloodshed and chaos.

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I think you will find it has more to do with the fact their real (inflation adjusted) wages are about 50% lower than in the 50s and 60s and they have fewer benefits, meaning practically their real wages are way more 50% lower.

Japan doesn't have the problem of falling real wages. In Japan they are falling period! Capitalism has become a worldwide disaster, heading toward catastrophe.

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This is capitalism, brother. The workers get screwed and the bosses do the screwing. That’s why unions were invented, to level the playing field a little. Cue outraged members of the exploitative classes

I'm not sure about in Japan but in Western Europe, the unions have been bought. In USA they are flagrant far right-wing organizations screwing the working class at every turn.

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For a society to function there needs to be a balance, the system must be perceived to operate fairly, if the disparity between the lowest an highest is too great, if the few are perceived as “stealing” all the growth/wealth to the disadvantage of the majority, this can only go on for a period before (if it isn’t corrected) ultimately the tumbrels roll. Then the society collapses in to bloodshed and chaos.

Yes. Unfortunately, some less intelligent members of the right have been brainwashed into reacting to measures to keep society reasonably balanced with pull-toy shrieks of ‘socialism!’.

As you said, if societies keep on going down the path of concentrating new wealth at the top, the outcome will be very ugly.

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After four years of Trump style capitalism, the blue collar workers are finding out that it's not working out for them.

Poor pay, hardly any holiday and if they are lucky to get health insurance with it, it handcuffs them to the job.

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The dollar's purchasing power has plunged since Biden took office. Fuel prices worldwide have surged, and in America it's the same, especially since Biden blocked resource exploration in Federal Lands (the US government owns more than a quarter of all land in the US)...even though America has the resources to be energy independent.

The overall Consumer Price Index has risen sharply during the same period (in other words, inflation). Between vacations paid for by working stiffs, Biden's preparing working stiffs by exclaiming, "you should probably buy what you can find on the shelves"...instead of trying to find what you actually want to give this holiday season.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't one of the core reasons for having a "Federal Reserve" foisted on the US in the first place was: to combat inflation with monetary policy? Well..."Inflation Ahoy!", and yet the Fed "might" raise interest rates...a measly quarter percent!...in "the first half of 2022"?

All the while, the Fed, by unlimiting printing of new credit under it's Forever "Quantitative Easing" program shows no limits, creating out of thin air almost 12 Billion new dollars every single month. Results of crazy deficit spending plus Fed interest rate inaction plus ramping up the printing presses? You guessed it: Inflation.

Has anyone else discovered the net results of the Fed's actions (copied by central banks the world over)? It's providing cheap capital...but for the elites that run the biggest companies almost exclusively, which has led to a massive inflation in asset prices (mostly read: "stocks"). You've the richest people in the world being subsidized to "buy back" their own companies' stocks on the Fed's dime.

Meanwhile, while the "bottom 50%" of the country have seen ZERO real wage growth (especially after inflation has eaten away any meaning to the paltry "gains" in this area, not to mention red-hot housing prices that put home ownership prohibitively out of reach for many now), the top 1% Owners of said inflated stocks have seen their portfolios grow exponentially.

You still loving all the "free ride" that all this QE "free money" gives everyone? Well, guess who will foot the bill? (as happened in 2007/2008 when Wall Street needed to be "bailed out" by Main Street)

For a hint: just look in the mirror.

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Nurses are getting worn out working super-long hours month after month because Americans keep getting themselves infected and getting sent to hospitals

Help out the nurses - don't get infected, and don't spread and get others infected

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The US was at its most prosperous, and its standard of living for most of its citizens was at its highest, when labor unions were at their strongest. It's good to see unions making a comeback.

Now, if they can just get the tax rates for the ultra-wealthy back to where they were during that period, America could actually be great again. The red hats certainly didn't work.

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This is a good sign. The pendulum swung too far to favor big business and the rich. The demographic cliff will only make workers' bargaining position stronger.

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The good news, unlike here, the unions actually work for them

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The pay triangle needs to flatten, with lower wages for executives and higher wages for the lower paid. If corporates respond by only increasing wages for the workers, costs will rise, prices will rise, and the increased wages will not keep pace with generally rising prices. It's a toxic spiral.

America is a mess with regard to healthcare, which doesn't help. Also uniquely American is the appallingly low minimum wage forcing some sectors to rely on tips (basically, charity). We also need to reduce the level of acceptable profit across sectors, globally. It has been increased by exploiting workers.

There is a need for balance, but it rarely works. Either side will exploit as much as they can. It looks like it will now be the turn of the unions and America will get a taste of life as it was in 70s Britain - strikes everywhere, power cuts, empty shelves and rubbish piling up on the streets. Google 'British Leyland' for how well that goes.

In the UK, in Brighton, they are already having their first bin strike of the 'new normal'. The first rule of local government is that you don't mess with the bin men. But they did, and it doesn't smell very nice.

The railways that were privatised by the Tories are now being nationalised by the Tories, so there will be rail strikes soon.

We probably wouldn't notice strikes anywhere else, as there are already shortages, delays and price hikes across the board. The army are already filling in for migrant labourers across multiple sectors. Christmas is coming, so a mail strike is likely.

So, back to the 1970s for everyone. Not sure that's a good thing. I was there. The football and music was great, but everything else was rubbish.

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