Louisville, KY (PRWEB) February 16, 2012
American labor unions have been on the ropes for decades. William N. Spencer’s comprehensive treatise on the American labor phenomena is very well done with necessary frankness and honesty. What Goes Up Must Come Down is the vehicle for Spencer’s thesis that decades of “totally compensating” the American worker had upset the balance and made American labor fall off its pedestal.
Exploring the how and why of what labor unions are today, Spencer has found many things to lament, not the least of which is its abandonment by many of its stalwart labor families. The fight for a just democratic labor program seems to have been solved by the U.S. federal government itself, and the importance of labor’s social movement has so far declined that it is no longer effective in the workers’ lobby. Coupled with government improvements, the sins of union leadership and operators have been many. Ties to the Mafia, strike-induced failures of mid-size companies, the brawling, vehemently eloquent socialistic drama of labor rhetoric that turned off many non-labor supporters…Even as Spencer tries to mend fences for labor, the real winners of the struggle, the big inter-industry and international conglomerate trusts, are influencing and have influenced so much legislature to prevent labor’s rise back to prominence.
Unlike Euro-based workers’ guilds that have survived the rise and fall of the Eastern bloc and have retained much of their memberships happily and with nary a ripple in the political pond, American unions are rusting out on the scrap heap of the defunct, the non-functional. The military-industrial complex has, with reason, adamantly refused unions’ full participation in their manufacturing sites. And it (the military-industrial complex) has given rise to the technocratic worker’s paradise of Microsoft and Simi Valley. The auto giants have automated and so have most of the industries worth anyone’s dollar. The services sector is an amorphous web of the non-ambitious young who want a quick fix. Faced with these issues, the author advocates a non-partisan social movement that is truly of and for the worker. He distrusts the potential demagoguery of heroic unionists and calls on unions to have the smaller affiliates have more freedom on home turf. The apparatus must dissolve to bring back the humanism that accompanied the rise of industry, the philosophy that got swept away by the revolutionary tide.
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About the Author
A life-long avocation of Christian youth ministry and teaching led to the acquisition of a late-in-life Bachelors degree in Management from Ottawa University of Kansas. This soon matriculated into a Masters degree in Management/Leadership from Webster University; soon followed by a Masters degree in Human Resources
Management, also from Webster University. With over forty years of work in the unionized sector, both private
and public, the author thinks it only appropriate to write about that which he has seen every day.
What Goes Up Must Come Down * by William N. Spencer
Have The Total Compensation Packages Awarded to
Employees of Major Labor Unions in The Past Created The
Decline and Demise of Those Same Unions Today?
Publication Date: November 22, 2011
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